How to make “Boiled squash and red beans “


In Japan, it is customary to eat squash at the winter solstice. Azuki (red beans) also had a habit of eating at the winter solstice to avoid demons.
Related article:How Japanese people spend the winter solstice
This time, I will introduce how to make simmered dishes using both of these ingredients.


(for 4 person + stock )

300 g squash
100 g Red Kidney Beans
200 ml water
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Soy sauce


Step 1

Remove the seeds and cotton from the squash, scrape off the skin in places, and cut it into pieces that are easy to eat.

Step 2

Put squash, water and sugar in a pan, cover with a lid and simmer until the squash is tender.
(About 5 minutes)

I made a lid with aluminum foil so that it can be boiled well.


Step 3


Add boiled red beans, soy sauce, and salt, and simmer until the broth is low.

Step 4
Serve in a plate.

This simmered dish is also called “Itoko-boiled”.
“Itoko” means cousin in English.
There are various theories as to why he is a cousin, and it is a mystery.



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This blog was created with the concept of having many people enjoy Japanese cuisine overseas. Here are some simple Japanese recipes. In addition to that, I would like to tell everyone that Japanese ingredients are available overseas. And I want to spread the fun of Japanese culture to the world.