Shabbat Recipe: Adzuki Bean Soup
A lot of people tend to avoid eating beans due to a “certain reaction”, be aware that there are ways of avoiding this uncomfortable issue. Firstly, eat beans in small quantities. One of the main reasons for flatulence is that there are too many beans in one dish. Anyone who is not used to eating beans should start off with small quantities until your digestive system adjusts to them.
The best way to avoid bean-discomfort is to properly cook the beans. There are certain foods and spices that help to break down the phytic acid in the beans and to assist in their later digestion. These include, turmeric, cumin, bay leaf, and seaweeds. The recipe below uses an abundance of these methods, turmeric, cumin, and seaweed. If unfortunately you find that none of the above methods work, try taking a pro-biotic before the meal, or drink a cup of water with one drop of high quality lavender oil (while it is not the most palatable drink, it is certainly effective).
Legumes, including, beans, peas and lentils are some of the best foods for you. They are the perfect food for people with a heat or damp condition. This means that if you are overweight, suffer from edema, or from a yeast condition, you should be eating beans. This is because beans help to regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism. To my mind however, their most important feature is that they tonify the kidneys.
- olive oil
- 1/4 cups adzuki beans, soaked overnight
- 1 square of kombu
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1″ ( 2 cm) ginger, chopped
- 1 box shitake mushrooms, chopped
- 1 kohlrabi, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 3 liters water
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot, add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute until the onions are soft. Add remaining vegetables and spices (except for the salt) and saute for a few more minutes until the vegetables are a little bit soft. Add the water and bring to a boil. Drain the beans and add them to the pot along with the kombu. Simmer for one hour, add the salt. Puree, garnish and serve.