Black bean patties

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I’m usually supremely uninspired when it comes to cooking, but I actually tried preparing something out of the ordinary for dinner recently. Inspiration must be attributed to “pattzukis” on the lovely blog Gourmande in Osaka. Lacking azuki beans, though, I made my patties with black beans instead.

The Ingredients

  • Black beans, maybe 2 cups dry?
  • Sesame seeds, a few sprinkles
  • Ginger (1 tsbp minced)
  • Garlic (1.5 tsp minced)
  • Finely chopped green onions (1 bunch, raw)
  • Katakuriko, 2 tbsp dissolved in 2 tbsp

Step 1: Soak the beans for as long as possible (I managed about 5-6 hours), then boil them until soft. I simmered mine for about 1 hour.

Step 2: Mash the beans with whatever implement seems fit for purpose.

Step 3: Well, this actually happens concurrently with step 2: add in all of the other ingredients, adding the katakuriko (Japanese potato starch) last.

Step 4: Continue mixing and mashing until the mixture is “pasty” enough to form patties.

Step 5: Eat the patties as is. Or, for added tastiness, saute the patties in olive oil until slightly browned.

Very, very tasty and filling. I will DEFINITELY make these again and experiment with other types of beans and flavourings. Check out the Gourmand in Osaka link above for many great ideas involving, for example, miso, chili paste, oatmeal, and more.

A green salad with tomatoes made a complementary side dish, plus veggie-based soup with mushrooms, white onions, and wakame (seaweed).

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