On Thanksgiving, I learned how to make mochi with red bean filling. Actually, I learned how to make mochi a few years ago, but I really wanted to learn from my aunt because I love eating her mochi. Guess what, her mochi does not use any oil at all, other than that used for preparing the container.
Mochi with Red Bean Filling
enough oil for container (my aunt used a 7"x4" glass container I think)
1 bag glutinous flour
2/3 cup sugar (original recipe called for 1 cup, but that was too sweet)
2 3/4 cup water
1 tsp matcha (optional)
Red bean paste, preferably home made
potato starch for dusting the mochi
Oil a microwavable container. In my case, a glass container was used. Add 1 bag of glutinous flour and 2/3 cup sugar. Stir it around a little. Add the 2 3/4 cup water and mix until there are no lumps. At this point, you can add the matcha powder if you want. It will tint the mochi a little green. After it is microwaved, the mochi will become darker in color. So even if the green is not noticeable, it will be after you microwave it.
Adding the matcha.
My cute cousin is helping out.
Done mixing the matcha
Microwave for 7-10 minutes, covering the container with saran wrap. I don't know if microwaving saran wrap is good for you though.
After you finish microwaving it, if you see 2 shades of green, that means your mochi is still raw. Continue microwaving for a couple more minutes.
A healthier alternative to microwaving is steaming it. However, the mochi will need to be spread into a thin layer in order for it to be steamed through.
As shown below, the red bean paste has to be solid enough to be shaped into balls.
The red bean ball will be around the same size as the mochi that you scoop out and put in the potato starch. Just dip the mochi into the potato starch one one side and put the red bean ball on top of the mochi. Start wrapping it. Try to smooth out the mochi so that it will wrap around the whole red bean ball. When this is achieved, pinch the ends together. It's a bit hard to explain, but it's like wrapping steamed buns. 2 youtube videos are posted below with my aunt's awesome mochi wrapping skills. She can wrap around 3 mochi in the time that takes me to wrap one. :D
Mochi in potato starch.
The video is a bit cut off, sorry about that. While my aunt was scooping out balls of mochi, the mochi was still pretty hot.
Look at her skillful wrapping! If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Sorry for that cliche, I just couldn't resist.
Oh yea, all these pictures are taken with my new camera. I really like playing with it. I'm still learning all the new things that I can do with it.