August 24, 2015

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Red bean soup is both a popular snack and a sweet dessert soup. Azuki beans benefit the heart and aid digestion, relieves edema, invigorates blood circulation, promotes urination, and clears heat. Balancing the function of the Spleen and Stomach, tangerine peel, also called Mandarin peel, is helpful for balancing Qi, or vital energy. Tangerine peel’s warm essence helps to clear phlegm and eliminate dampness in the Stomach and upper abdominal area. Lotus seeds nourish and calm the Heart, strengthen the digestive organs, and benefits the Kidneys. Azuki beans, dried lotus seeds, and dried tangerine peel are commonly sold in plastic bags in Chinese or Asian markets.


1 cup of azuki (adzuki) beans

6 – 8 cups of water

1 strip of dried tangerine peel or fresh orange peel

1/4 – 1/2 cup (about 1 1/4 – 2 1/2 ounces) dried lotus seeds

6 – 8 Tablespoons of brown sugar or rock sugar, as desired


Soak the azuki beans in water overnight to soften. Drain.

About 2 hours before making the soup, place the dried lotus seeds in a bowl with enough water to cover.

In a medium saucepan, bring the 6 cups of water with the tangerine peel to a boil.

Turn the heat down, add the azuki beans and lotus seeds and simmer, partially covered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the beans are softened to the point where they are just beginning to break apart.

Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

Remove the dried tangerine peel before serving.

Serve the red bean soup hot or cold. Serves 6 – 8.