This is a compilation about ideas to cook kuromame (black soy beans). First, you need to boil them, go to the end of this post for instructions.
As a side dish for :
kare raisu (Japanese curry)
Korean wind lunch
Rum vanilla apple black beans, in fragrant tortilla
Same recipe as seki-han, red rice (red rice), but with kuromame…
A variation to burger or croquette.
Marron berry chunky terrine (France)
Feijoada with pig trotter (Brazil)
Enfrijoladas frescas (Mexico)
Recooked in a syrup of sugar and grated fresh ginger.
Sweetened with syrup of kurozato (black sugar). They are floating with black sesame on top a bowl of sweet potato okayu
PREPARATION OF DRIED BEANS :
Cooking them is quite long, that can take 3 or 4 hours, after soaking them 24 hours. The time is hard to “predict” as it depends on the size of beans and their age (this year’s crop, or older…).
-Anyway, rinse them and soak them. You can add baking soda or not (I don’t but Japanese water is not harsh).
-Bring them to boil, you use the soaking water or change. In the first case, color will be more vivid. Boil them at least 10 minutes and take away the foam on surface (the toxic substance of beans).
-Continue on low heat, in a crock pot if you want. Beans are cooked when they are soft.
I cook a batch of 250g without any flavoring, and I freeze most in cups (silicone cupcake molds) for further use.
Tip (that I don’t use) : to keep the color, you can add some nails or other iron objects that are rusted.
Japan’s most common recipe is to cook them with sugar (same weight as the beans) added from the soaking water, or from the low heat simmering… or like I do later. The sweet black beans are one item of the New Year good luck dishes. For savory recipes, you can add a piece of kombu seaweed in the water.