A Winter Treat from Japan: Azuki Red Bean Dessert Soup


お汁粉 (Oshiruko) is a traditional Japanese hot dessert perfect for winter. It’s a thick sweet soup made of 小豆 (azuki) red beans and (mochi) rice cake. Sometimes 団子 (dango) rice flour dumplings are used instead of rice cake.


8oz azuki red beans
8oz sugar
4 blocks mochi rice cake


  1.  Rinse azuki red beans.
  2. In a large sauce pan, put the beans and 2 1/2 cups of water. Brint it to a boil.
  3. Turn off the heat when water boils. Drain water.
  4. Repeat 2-3 three times. Use fresh water each time.
  5. After draining water for the last time, add 4 cups of fresh water and bring it to a boil.
  6. Turn down the heat low and cook until beans are soft, for about an hour.
  7. Add sugar, mix well, and crush beans into paste.
  8. Add a cup of water and cook until desired thickness is achieved.
  9. Add a pinch of salt.
  10. Grill mochi for 5-10 minutes. (Alternatively, you may cook mochi in the microwave for no more than one minute.)
  11. Pour azuki bean soup into serving bowls.
  12. Add cooked mochi into each bowl and serve.


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