Azuki, Squash and Kombu

Azuki, Squash and Kombu From the Kushi Institute kitchen
Serves 4
This dish is warming and strengthening – great for dinner on cold nights. In traditional wisdom azuki beans (also known as aduki or adzuki) are said to be strengthening in particular for the kidneys. They are also very easy to digest compared to most other beans.
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Ingredients
  1. Ingredients are slightly different for the two methods: see below.
  2. Here are recipes for two different preparation methods; the first is boiling, which takes about two hours or more in cooking time, the second is pressure cooking, which cooks for about one hour.
  3. The difference in the two cooking methods is more than just time. Different cooking methods produce different results in the flavor and “energetic” qualities of the dish, and influence how you feel and how the dish is digested.
  4. • The boiling method produces a “lighter” taste, and you may feel lighter after you eat it.
  5. • Pressure cooking produces a more rich, deep flavor, and you may notice feeling “heavier” after eating it.
  6. Try both methods, on different days, and see the difference in taste and how you feel for yourself.
Method # 1 - Boiling
Time
  1. Soaking time: 8 hours or over night
  2. Preparation time: 15 minutes
  3. Cooking time: 2 + hours
  4. Clean-up time: 10 minutes
Boiling Method Ingredients
  1. • 1 cup azuki beans, washed, and soaked in 2 cups water
  2. • 1 cup hard winter squash (such as butternut, buttercup or kabocha), cut in large cubes
  3. • 1-inch square piece of kombu
  4. • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. • water
  6. • parsley, chopped, for garnish
Equipment
  1. • Heavy, covered sauce pan
  2. • Vegetable knife
Boiling Method Directions
  1. This recipe is adapted from the Kushi Institute’s Level 1 course binder.
  2. Makes 4 servings
  3. • Place the kombu on the bottom of a heavy pot.
  4. • Add the soaked beans with soaking water and, if necessary add enough water to just cover the beans.
  5. • Bring to a boil over a medium flame. When it comes to boil, cover the pot, reduce the flame to low, and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. • Add a little water occasionally, as needed, to keep the beans just covered. Do not add too much water, as the less water there is the more rich the flavor of the beans will be.
  7. • After 1 hour, place the squash on top of the azukis, re-cover the pot and continue simmering 1 hour more. The beans and squash should both be very tender at this point.
  8. • Add the salt by sprinkling over the top of the beans and squash. Stir salt in a little, very gently so as not to break up the squash piece, and cook 15 minutes more, uncovered to reduce the liquid. If there is still a lot of water after 15 minutes you can continue simmering uncovered as long as you like, just keep the flame very low and check regularly to make sure it does not scorch.
  9. • Serve hot garnished with parsley.
  10. Leftovers will keep refrigerated up to 3 days.
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Method # 2 - Pressure Cooking
  1. Makes 4 servings
Time
  1. Soaking time: 8 hours or over night
  2. Preparation time: 15 minutes
  3. Cooking time: 1 hour
  4. Clean-up time: 10 minutes
Equipment
  1. • Pressure Cooker
  2. • Vegetable knife
Pressure Cooking Ingredients
  1. 1 cup azuki beans, washed, and soaked in 2 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 cup hard winter squash (such as butternut, buttercup or kabocha), cut in large cubes
  3. 1-inch square piece of kombu
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. water
  6. parsley, chopped, for garnish
Pressure Cooking Directions
  1. • Place the kombu on the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  2. • Add the soaked beans and, if necessary add enough water to cover the beans by 1/2 inch. Place the squash on top of the beans.
  3. • Bring to pressure over a high flame, then reduce the flame to low and cook for 45 minutes.
  4. • Let pressure come down, remove the lid, and add the salt by sprinkling over the top of the beans and squash. Stir salt in a little, very gently so as not to break up the squash piece, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, uncovered to reduce the liquid. If there is still a lot of water after 15 minutes you can continue simmering uncovered as long as you like, just keep the flame very low and check regularly to make sure it does not scorch.
  5. • Serve hot garnished with parsley.
  6. Leftovers will keep refrigerated up to 3 days.
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