Choose your soybean. There are many different options out there, from frozen, cooked and frozen, and fresh. If you are lucky enough to find fresh Edamame at your local market, opt for those! All other varieties are fine to use also.It have been called the “wonder veggie”because of its super-nutritional value.These beans are healthful substitute for protein sources that are high in cholesterol and saturated Fat(raises the LDL cholesterol,(ie Bad) ). But it is a good snack for the kids as it is rich in vitamin k, Folate and Mangenese, high fiber, protein, Iron,Thiamine,magnesium,phosphorous and copper.This food is low in sodium.
Prepare your water. Some edamame experts will tell you that the only way to cook them is with salted water. Depending on your taste and dietary needs, you may choose to not salt the water. A recommended amount of salt for about a pound of edamame would be 1/2 tablespoon for salt lovers, 1 teaspoon for less of a salty taste. Add the salt to a large pot, 3/4 of the way filled with water.
Add the edamame. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the edamame in small handfuls. If you dump all the beans it at once, you risk burns from splashing created by the beans.Remove pot from burner. Dump the entire contents of the pot through a colander. (In tamil: Jalladai patharam).There will be a lot of steam from the pot, so don’t put your face directly over the colander.For frozen beans, boil time is around 4-5 minutes. For fresh beans, test an individual edamame at around 5-6 minutes and gauge the firmness of the bean. Young fresh beans will be done in 3 minutes.
Refrigerate to cool. While not a necessary part of the preparation, most people enjoy edamame cold rather than hot. Discard the pods in to a seperate bowl,and enjoy it .
They are the base of soy sauce, tofu, and soymilk. You can eat them as a snack.Edamame are also an excellent addition to salads, soups, and rice dishes.