Parched Soy Bean Flour

Kinako is finely-ground flour made from soy beans, which is light brownish-yellow in colour and has a slightly nutty flavour. Kinako contains twice the protein of wheat flour and is very low in carbohydrates. It is abundant in fibre, iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals, and is therefore very effective in preventing many ailments such as high cholesterol. It is not eaten on its own, but is mainly used in confectionery, such as kinako mochi (sweet rice cakes covered in kinako).