I adapted this recipe from Lee Lee and changed it to include matcha (green tea powder).
The big ones were filled with red bean paste and the bite-sizes were just plain mochi (my kids prefer the plain ones). My shaping sucks big time but the kids don't mind, not at all. Practise makes perfect and I'm sure I can do a better job next time ;-)
When straight out from the microwave, the dough was hot and sticky, thus it was difficult to wrap and shape. The first few I made have very thick skin (see picture below) and I thanked my lucky stars when the kids requested for plain ones :P
I kept some in the fridge to see if they will remain soft the next day. This was taken on the 2nd day, straight from the fridge without thawing and to my pleasant surprise, it was still soft when I bite into it :)
Mochi (aka Daifuku)
100 g glutinous rice flour
1 tsp matcha powder
Red bean paste
Corn flour for dust
- In a microwavable safe bowl, put glutinous rice flour + matcha + water and mix well to paste. Add sugar and mix till dissolved.
- Cover with clingwrap (leaving a small gap for hot air to escape) and microwave on High for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Cover and return to microwave for 1 minute on Medium. Stir well and check for doneness. If not, return it to microwave for another 1 minute on Medium. Be careful not to overcook/burn it.
- Sprinkle some corn flour on work area and use a spoon to drop a ball of dough on top. Coat dough with corn flour all over. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Lightly flour your hands, wrap red bean paste with dough and seal the opening with a tight pinch. Roll into a ball and cover with more corn flour to prevent them from sticking.
- Serve and enjoy!