Aduki Beans with Brown Sugar and Black Sesame Seeds

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Aduki beans are eaten for breakfast in China and dessert in Japan. They are a highly nutritious carbohydrate, low in calories and full of protein and folic acid. Eat them on their own, on top of brown or white rice or in congee as an alternative to a more traditional Irish breakfast.

Serves 1 person


1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
50g cooked aduki beans with the water they have been cooked in (see note below)
1 teaspoon Demerera sugar


1. Grind the black sesame seeds (they just pass through your system otherwise). Heat the aduki beans and their cooking liquid with the Demerara sugar in a saucepan. Serve topped with the black sesame seeds. Make sure you drink the liquid from the beans as this contains a lot of goodness.

Recipe Tip and Variations

How to cook aduki beans from their raw state: Soak the aduki beans in cold water overnight. Rinse and add fresh water. Cook for up to 2 hours or until the skin on the beans bursts.

– The black sesame seeds are very fattening so you only need a teaspoon.



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