White Bean Paste (Shiro-an)
White Bean Paste (Shiro-an)

Navy beans 1 cup
Water 3-4 cups
Salt 1tsp
Sugar 60g (Adjust to taste)

<How to Make>
1. Give the beans a quick rinse in water. Place them in a pressure cooker together with 3-4 cups of water. Set the pot aside for 1 hour.
2. Place the pot on high heat. Do not cover the pot. Skim off any foam that develops. Once all the foam is gone, cover the pot.
3. Once the pot starts to vent steam, reduce to low heat for 6 minutes, then turn the heat off.
4. Once the pressure has fallen enough that you can safely remove the lid, take the lid off, add the sugar and salt, and stir for 15 minutes over low heat.

Miso Bean Paste (Miso-an)

<How to Make>

1. Starting with the shiro-an you prepared above, add 1 cup of saikyō miso for every 2 cups of shiro-an (guess is good enough) and mix until everything is combined well.
2. Continue to mix on low heat until the paste begins to glisten.

Note: The versions of bean paste (anko) described above will have a rough texture, with chunks of beans visible. If you would like to make a smooth bean paste, use a blender or food processor to puree the bean paste described above, and then press the puree through a fine-mesh sieve.

 saikyō miso
saikyō miso


Recipe Developed by:Kaoru Shibata