Friday, October 27, 2017

Red Bean and Lotus Seed Dessert

Red Bean and Lotus Seed Dessert, is usually served in Chinese homes during the weekends when everyone is around to enjoy a bowl. It can be served as an afternoon "snack" for tea-time, or as a light warm dessert, after dinner. Or have a bowl anytime of the day!

Very easy to prepare. Rinse the ingredients, bring a pot of water to a boil, add the ingredients, let it come to a boil again, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the red beans, lotus seeds and lily bulbs are tender. Add some rock sugar, either white or brown, your preference, to taste. May be served warm or at room temperature. I like it best when it is still very warm, almost still hot!

The ingredients ; dried lily bulb, dried red beans, dried lotus seed, dried tangerine peel and rock sugar. Each of these ingredients has its own health benefits according to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Click on the ingredients for the link to TCM to read more on the medicinal properties of these ingredients. This dessert is not only delicious, but good for you!

Red Bean and Lotus Seed Dessert
(makes about 6 servings)
1 cup dried red beans (adzuki beans)
1/3 cup dried lotus seeds
1/3 cup dried lily bulb
1 small piece dried tangerine peel
3 liters water
rock sugar (brown or white), to taste

Rinse dried red beans a couple of times with clean tap water and drain. Rinse the rest of the ingredients once and drain. 
Bring water to a boil in a medium sized stockpot, add all the ingredients. Bring to boil once again, reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the beans, lotus seeds and lily bulb are soft and tender. Add rock sugar to taste.
This dessert may be served at room temperature, but it is especially good when served still very warm.
* remove the tangerine peel before serving


  1. One of my favourite desserts! I love mine with lots of lotus seeds :-))

  2. this dessert sounds amazing Joyce!

  3. sounds interesting , I remember seeing these ingrediants when we lived in Malaysia, but never knew what it was :).

  4. What a nice recipe. I never heard of some ingredients and I don-t know if it is possible to buy them here, but the dessert look like so tempting. I would like to try it.

    1. You can perhaps get the ingredients from Asian grocery store. Hope you can find them. Otherwise you can even make this dessert with just the adzuki beans with some sugar to taste. It would be just as good without the lotus seeds and dried lily bulbs. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!