New Year's Kuromame (Sweet Black Beans)

New Year's Kuromame (Sweet Black Beans)

A traditional Japanese New Year's menu, these delectable beans represent a wish for good health in the New Year.

Cooking time
120 minutes+
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.
  • Time to soak and flavor-infuse the beans is not included in the cooking time.

Ingredients(Servings: 4)

Ingredients(Servings: 4)

dried black beans

150 g (5.3 oz.)


warm water (below 50 C/ 122 F)

1 L (35.2 fl. oz.) 


110 g (3.9 oz.)


1/2 tsp

baking soda

1/4 tsp


  1. Rinse the beans in a pot and then drain well. Add in (A), then leave to soak overnight (about 8 hours).
  2. Place (1) over high heat, remove any scum that forms once boiling, then slowly simmer over low heat. Simmer for about 2 hours while adding hot water throughout to keep the beans submerged. 
  3. Turn off the heat once softened, and without draining, allow the beans to be infused with flavor overnight before serving.

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