If you know me long enough, you probably wouldn't be surprised by how much I love red bean (and pumpkin, sweet potato and the list goes on.. :P)
I can't remember when and how I started to fall in love with these little ones. Probably ever since I discovered the goodness of Jollibean? When I was *cough* younger, I used to dislike things like red bean paste, lian rong paste etc. I felt that they were disgusting sweet. :/ My love was fish fillet/hotdog/chicken burger then. Now, look who is eating her words. Red bean paste over any proteins for me anytime! <3
However, I'm still very much aware that the red bean paste sold outside is very unhealthy. Overly sweeten in many cases. Well, since I was still jobless then, I've decided to make my own red bean paste! :3
**I didn't give any exact amount which I will explain later.
1. Wash the beans and soak them in water overnight.
2. The next day, drain the beans, put them into a pot and cover with lots of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat then lower the heat to a simmer. Keep an eye on the pot occasionally to ensure no spilling and pour some more in if the water’s dried out.
3. Keep the water simmering until the beans are soft (about an hour). You could check by taking out a few beans and crush them with your fingers, they should be mashed easily.
4. Now pour everything through a fine sieve to drain the beans.
5. Put a bowl or a pot underneath, using the back of the spoon mash the beans through the sieve.
6. Return the fine paste into the pot, under low heat, mix in sugar to the desired level of sweetness, add some red bean liquid if the paste is too dry.