hearty red bean soup with chia

October 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm | Edited by Riri Tan



Traditional with a twist.

This recipe is inspired by my grandmother.

My grandmother makes the best red bean soup. It is not lavish, unlike what we would commonly come across in dessert shops or stalls, but it reminds me of home. Her recipe never calls for an elaborated list of ingredients and there are certainly no special technique to it… it was always that same three or four ingredients - beans, pandan leaves, sugar and water. Sago or white tapioca pearls, coconut cream or dried mandarin peel were all considered fancy.

It is no mistake that my grandmother’s recipe yields undeniably delicious red bean soup, but I wanted to perfect it further by boosting its nutritional value, hence I created my own version of red bean soup with two of my favourite dessert ingredients. The technique, like my grandmother would chime, is no technique at all. Just throw everything into a pot, let it cook and voila, the birth of a hearty, nourishing bowl of red bean soup shall fill your heart with such warmth that reminds you of home.


hearty red bean soup with chia

side notes.

Get creative with your choice of toppings! Glutinous rice balls or pearl barley, it is entirely up to you.

Sweetness of soup can be adjusted according to one’s preference.

You can soak the adzuki beans overnight or use a pressure cooker to shorten the cooking time.

Quality of chia seeds is very, very important due to the minimal amount of ingredients used. Highly recommend high purity and 100% matured chia seeds like Harmony® Halvia. Added after soup cools down to avoid destruction of heat-sensitive nutrients.

fun facts.

Harmony® Halvia chia seeds are USDA and EU certified organic and premium-graded. It is super packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and natural antioxidants. A key ingredient to increase the nutritional value of the original recipe.



1 cup of adzuki beans

1 head of dried snow fungus

3 pieces of fresh pandan leaves

2 litres of water

1/4 cup of brown or chinese rock sugar

1/4 of Harmony® Halvia high purity chia seeds


1. Soak adzuki beans and snow fungus for at least an hour.

2. Remove snow fungus’ black ends and tear into smaller pieces. Rinse thoroughly, remove any impurities and drain. Rinse and drain adzuki beans as well.

3. Cut pandan leaves from plant, rinse and tie into knots.

4. In a large pot, add in adzuki beans, pandan leaves and sugar. Fill it with water and bring to boil.

5. Add snow fungus and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until the beans are soft. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary.

6. Turn off heat and let it cool in pot.

7. Add chia seeds when soup turns warm, stir well and let them soak, about 20 to 30 minutes.

8. Enjoy!


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