Kuromame(Black Beans) is traditionally eaten as part of Osechi Ryori (Special new years meal) and represents a wish for good health and hard work.  These Black Beans are much larger and plump than the ones we eat here. So delicious!

What you need;

  • 600g of dried Black Beans, Kuromame
  • 9.5 cups of water (about 2,400ml)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 450 g of Sugar
  • 100ml of soy sauce

How to;

  1. Rinse the bean and dry them and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add, baking soda, sugar and soy sauce to the pot and mix and wait till the sugar resolves.
  4. Add the beans and leave it over night with a lid on.
  5. Turn the heat and bring to the boil.
  6. Add one cup of water.
  7. When it comes to the boil, add an another cup of water.
  8. Simmer the beans for 5-6 hours until the beans are tender.
  9. Let them cool and serve.

Keep the beans with the cooking liquid in the refrigerator.

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