Red bean paste is called “PatAngGeum (팥앙금)” or “JeokAngGeum (적앙금)” in Korean. It is used for different kinds of sweet Korean dishes and desserts such as red bean porridge, red bean rice cakes, red bean ice cream, red bean paste bread, and so on. “Pat” means red bean, “Jeok” means red, and “AngGeum” means a paste. You can easily buy pre-made red bean paste in a can from a Korean or Asian grocery store; however, it is good to make your own at home, since it is healthier and tastier. I have been asked to make this recipe from many people who cannot buy it. So today, I very happy to share my recipe for red bean paste. Once you taste the delicious homemade red bean paste, you will not want to buy the one in the can anymore. 😉 Try it someday.
Yield: 2 Quarts
Short Korean Lesson
- Pat (팥) = Red Bean
- Dal (달) = Moon
- 2 lb Red Bean (4 Cups)
- 2½ Cups Sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
Obtain 2 pounds of dried red beans. It will be about 4 cups.
Wash the red beans twice in cold water.
Soak the washed beans in water for about 3 hours.
Drain the beans, and then add about 6 cups of water to them.
Boil the beans on high for five minutes. Drain and discard the water to help remove any remaining dirt, pesticides, or other chemicals. Add more water and boil the beans on medium-high.
Add more water as it evaporates to make sure the beans don’t go dry. I ended up using about 16 cups of water all-in-all.
If the bean breaks easily when you pinch it gently, it is done cooking. It will take about 1 hour to 2 hours depending on how long your beans have been dried.
Drain the beans and put them in a mixer. Add just enough water to allow the mixer to grind the beans – be careful to not add too much water.
The texture for the paste will be smooth and mushy – not runny.
Add the red bean paste, 2½ cups of sugar, and ½ tsp of salt. Depending on your tastes, you can adjust the amount of salt and sugar.
Mix everything together, and then cook it on high for about 5 minutes. When the paste starts to bubble, it is done.
This recipe makes a large amount of red bean paste, so if it is too much for you, cut the recipe half. You can freeze any leftovers for later. To freeze it, put some of the red bean paste in a zip bag, squeeze out any air before completely sealing the bag, flatten the bag, and then place it in the freezer. When you use the the frozen paste, just thaw it before using it in your cooking. Enjoy! 🙂