Friday, October 23, 2009

Homemade Red Bean Paste

As requested by Divina, I've made the red bean paste this morning. After reading her comment on my previous posting yesterday, I really hope that I could help her out. So, staight away I went into the kitchen to look for red beans. Luckily, I still have some and without thinking further I washed and soaked them with water. I seldom make my own red bean paste because I could easily get them from the nearby specialty shop. So, Divina, this is specially for you lol!
After soaking the red beans for a couple of hours. Again, rinse it with clean water. Then place it to a pot with water juz slightly cover the red beans. Boil for 10mins. Off the heat, remove the water and again add in clean water(about 2" over the red beans for slow cooker user). Boil it again. For me, I'm using the slow cooker. So, I'll normally cook it at night over low heat. And shall be done by the next morning. For those who are not using slow cooker and you need to add more water for boiling. Just carry on boiling it untill became really really soft. But then make sure the water level always stay at 1-2 inches above the red beans. Add in more water if possible.
Once it's ready, blend it together with the liquid untill smooth. Pour it to a non-stick pot. Stir in a little sugar (about 4-5tbsp then add another batch later on) and cooking oil (about 1 cup & prepare more oil to add in later). Then simmer over medium low heat and stir gradually. Don't burn it!
Add in more cooking oil when you think it's a little dry around the pot. Switch to low heat when the paste began to thicken. Add in sugar to taste and also cooking oil (more oil if you want smoother & glossy paste).

The paste should be looking like this, smooth and creamy. If you prefer easy to handle texture, chill overnight before used. Then rub your hand with a little cooking oil when rolling it.
Ta...da.....Wooo....finally, it's done! The whole cooking time is about 1 hour.

15 comments:

Kathy Gori said...

wow, i was hoping you'd give that recipe...where i live it's a 50 mile round trip drive to get bean paste!

Heavenly Housewife said...

very interesting, i've never tried this. i know its used in a lot of asian sweets, i need to try it sometime.

Angie's Recipes said...

I prefer the homemade bean paste to the store one...they are fresh and not so sweet.

Mary said...

I guess it's possible to make almost anything from scratch. I'm impressed that you were able to do this. Kudos.

Lyndsey said...

Your pictures are great! I did make some the other day and posted it. I need to add more oil, it's so hard for me to add a lot of oil. Now that I know I like it I'll cook up some more using your directions. Next the mooncakes...or is it too late? he he

Divina Pe said...

Kristy, thank you so much for making this in such short notice. You and Mary (Moh) have the same qualities with my father. I'm so touched. But I really appreciate this post. :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Brilliant!~ You are such a star :)
Now I know how to make the red bean paste. I hope I can succeed.

By the way, please visit this link - http://jeroxie.com/addiction/i-feel-loved-a-blogger-award/
An award awaits you :)

Barbara said...

Interesting! I can't imagine making this from scratch! You are so impressive- love reading your blog.

Miranda said...

mmmhh...I love bean paste! Great post!!!!

Diana Bauman said...

Kristy, I've never had bean paste. What would you use this in? A condiment? Maybe to spread on a tortilla? Sorry Kristy, I'm not very familiar with Cuisine from Malaysia, lol!!! My mind always thinks Mediterranean or Mexican, haha!!

My Little Space said...

Kathy : It's roughly about 1cup red bean with 2 cups water. But it's all depend on the pot you're using. However, make sure by the end of your boiling process the water level should be 1-2 inches over the beans. And taste the liquid after each additional of sugar. I used 2 cups for 300-400gm beans. You can always add in most for glossy & smoother texture.

H/Housewife : You have fun!

Angie : Yeah, you're right! But sometimes too busying to do it. I'm always on the run.

Mary : Thank you so much!

Lyndsey : No, never too late to make mooncake even it's a festive food. Looking forward to your posting lol! Best of luck and have fun.

Divina : You're most welcome! Hopefully, it does help.

Penny : Thank you very much for the award. Really appreciate it! Huh...I thought you made your own bean paste already!!!

Barbara : Thank you very much!

Miranda : Thanks! I wonder if you've made this before!

Diana : Ha ha ha... well, you've seen me making those chinese pastry, mooncake, desserts, bread etc. We used it in lots of recipe. Maybe if you want you can use it as a spread. he he....

Thank you so much for stoppng by everyone. Have a wonderful day.

Cheers, Kristy

Chow and Chatter said...

great post as ever love your blog

My Little Space said...

Kathy : So sorry, I left out a few words - "I used 2cups of cooking oil for 300-400gm red beans!"

MaryMoh said...

I have to salute you for making this red bean paste. I need to go for a full de-stress session before I take up this challenge. Or....maybe it can be a good de-stress therapy....LOL. My craving for red bean paste is definitely rising fast.....will make it when at close breaking pint....haha

Divina Pe said...

Hi Kristy, your pastries these past few months have been one of the best I've ever seen. You always have something creative to show on your blog. Because of that, please drop by my blog. I have something for you. You deserve one of this again.

http://sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-serendipitous-notes-october-24-2009.html

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