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.
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This time, I will introduce how to make simmered dishes using both of these ingredients.
(for 4 person + stock )
100 g Red Kidney Beans
200 ml water
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Soy sauce
Remove the seeds and cotton from the squash, scrape off the skin in places, and cut it into pieces that are easy to eat.
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.
Add boiled red beans, soy sauce, and salt, and simmer until the broth is low.
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.