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I have a love affair with Adzuki beans lately. They are so easy to prepare and are so versatile I soaked some last night and had no idea what I would do with them. Feeling a bit tired from work I needed inspiration and of course 101 Cookbooks came through as always.
This recipe is divine! So simple, fresh and a whizz to prepare. The smell of the spices is exciting and fills the house with happiness.
Because we don’t have Chipotle chilies in Aus I used cayenne pepper and liquid smoke. Chipotle from what I can see are smoked chillies. So this was a good substitute I think
What You Need
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Good Splash of liquid smoke or 1/2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
2 medium-large onions
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
6 cups water
5 whole tomatoes from canned, chopped (you could use fresh)
4 cups cooked or canned adzuki beans*
Coriander drizzle (optional)* do it so YUM
What you Do
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, coriander, cayenne and salt and saute for a minute or two or until aromatic. Add the onions and saute another 5 minutes or so, until they start to go translucent. Add the garlic and butternut pumpkin, stir well, and then add 6 cups of water. Increase the heat to bring to a boil, and once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for a few minutes, until the squash begins to soften about 5 to 10 mins .
Once the pumpkin has softened, use a potato masher and break up the squash pieces a bit. Add the tomatoes, and cook a couple more minutes before adding the beans. Serve drizzled with the cilantro.
* Make a quick Coriander drizzle by finely chopping a handful of coriander, put it in a jar, and add just enough olive oil over to cover – plus a couple pinches of salt. Shake and your set
* Soaking your Adzuki beans is so simple. Just throw a cup or 2 of dried Adzuki beans in a jar. Fill with water seal and leave over night until they swell and double or even triple size. Rinse very well place in a saucepan with lots of fresh water. Bring to the boil then simmer until tender. EASY!