Red Azuki Bean Popsicle
Serves: 6 – 8 popsicles
Prepare time: 15 minutes with overnight freezing, 1-2 hours to cook your own azuki bean paste.
Sweetened Chunky Azuki Bean Paste – to make around 250 gram / 8.8 oz.
Azuki Bean / Red Bean – 150 gram / 7 oz
Sugar -80 gram / 3 oz
Coconut Milk Mixture
Coconut Milk – 180ml / 3/4 cup
Evaporated Milk – 180ml / 3/4 cup
Syrup to taste
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Utensils & Tools:
Saucepan or small pot
Kitchen Weighing Scale
1. Wash azuki beans with water and boil them in a saucepan or small pot full of water. Once boil, drain them in a colander.
2. Put the beans back to the saucepan or small pot, boil them again with water just enough to cover them. Simmer until the beans are soft and absorbed all the water (pour away excessive water if you have too much). It may take around 30-60 minutes. Keep an eye on them when simmering so that they won’t get burn at the bottom. Add water when necessary. Pre-soak azuki beans (about 3-5 hours) may take lesser time to cook.
3. Stir in sugar and cook with low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to let it cool.
4. Mix coconut milk and evaporated milk in the blender.
5. Add salt into the mixture.
6. When the azuki bean paste has cooled down to room temperature or cool enough to touch, measure 250 grams to add into the blender.
7. Blend the mixture to mix well and add syrup to your prefer sweetness.
8. Pour the azuki mixture into the popsicle molds and place the sticks into the molds.
9. Place the molds into the freezer for overnight.
10. Served chilled.
1. You can use canned chunky azuki bean paste or red kidney bean paste too but it will taste a little different.
2. To shorten your preparation time, you can always precook the azuki bean and refrigerated it until ready to use. What I usually do is I used left-over azuki beans from my azuki bean soup tong sui.
3. If you prefer to have chunky azuki beans in the popsicle, don’t blend the mixture with blender. Use fork to mash it a little so that it won’t get harden as a bean when frozen.
4. The taste of sweetness decreases in lower temperature, so add a little more syrup in the mixture to make it a little sweeter than you want.
In olden days, we don’t have plastic popsicle molds, instead, we filled popsicles mixture into long narrow plastic bags. Then, we just tie a knot to the popsicle bag so that the mixture won’t flow out when place horizontally in the freezer. When the popsicles are all frozen up, we just cut away the knot, slide the popsicle out a little…. lick it, suck it or chew it, which ever way we like and don’t have to bother how other people look at us. We can even cut the popsicle into half if one feels that a whole stick is a little too much for them. I find that the popsicle bag is very handy and has a good design to suit the hot weather, it holds the liquid when the pop melts and after you have finished all the solid you go for the liquid 😉