Friday 8 May 2020

Sweet Red Bean Paste

Sweet red bean paste is a commonly used filling in Asian desserts. It can be used in bread or the popular dorayaki πŸ˜‹

However, cooking red beans to creamy soft was always a challenge to me, No matter, how long I soaked and cooked the red beans, the beans seem never get softened 😀 Until I used my IH rice cooker to cook the red beans, my problem was finally solved πŸ˜€

Yield: 290g sweet red bean paste
Equipment: IH rice cooker, 1000W
                    hand blender


100g organic red beans
2 blades pandan leaves, optional

1 tsp rice bran oil/mild flavour vegetable oil
50g raw sugar, adjust to your preference.
15g maltose, optional


1. Rinse and soak red beans overnight.

2. Drain away the water. Pour the soaked red beans into a pot, and add water to about 1cm above the beans.

Bring to a boil.

Pour away the red bean soup, and collect the red beans in a sift.

3. Pour the red beans into the inner pot of an IH rice cooker. Add water to about the "1-cup" water level of the Brown Rice marking.

Add in the pandan leaves, optional.

Select "Brown Rice" function of the rice cooking program, and start the function.

End of the cooking

The beans were very soft.

4. Collect about 50ml of red bean soup from the cooked beans. Keep the remaining red bean soup with the beans.
I added the 50ml of red bean soup to my rice before cooking. Don't waste good ingredient πŸ˜‰

Blend the cooked beans into smooth paste using a hand blender.

5. Heat up about 1 tsp of rice bran oil in a pot. Pour in the red bean paste from above.

Followed by raw sugar. Cook the red bean paste over medium heat and stir constantly to facilitate the liquid to evaporate faster.

When the red bean paste has thickened, add the maltose. The maltose helps to bind the red bean paste better after cooling down. But you can omit the maltose if you don't have.

Lower the heat, and continue to stir the red bean paste,

till it can hold on its own

6. Transfer the sweet red bean paste into a clean container. Let it cool down to room temperature before keeping in the fridge 😊


  1. Thank you for the recipe, i made it and is really good.

    1. Thank you Ria for sending me your good feedback :)


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