Rilakkuma Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆

Made some super cute glutinous rice balls for my baby bear on 元宵节~

Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆 are traditionally eaten on the 15th day of lunar new year 元宵, because of a homophone for union 团圆.

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Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma glutinous rice balls

Recipe adapted from Bored Panda

Makes 8 glutinous rice balls

Ingredients
1 cup Glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup Water
1 Pandan leaf (optional)

Character deco:
Cocoa powder
Food coloring (red, yellow)

Directions

Rice balls

  1. Mix glutinous rice flour and water together and knead well. The proper texture is similar to your ear lobe.
  2. If there are cracks in the dough, add a little water. If the dough is too moist, add a little flour.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 big balls + 2 small balls (for the deco).
  4. Place each decorated dough on a parchment paper/baking sheet.shaping-glutinous-rice-balls
  5. Gently lower the dough to a pot of boiling water. You may add in 1 pandan leaf tied in a knot for fragrance. If the parchment paper separates from the dough, remove them from the pot.
    boiling-glutinous-rice-balls
  6. The rice balls are done when they float to the surface of the water. Move the cooked rice balls to a bowl of cooled water to prevent the balls from sticking together.

Character deco

  1. Korilakkuma: Add red and yellow (1:10) food coloring to 1 big dough for tan color
  2. Rilakkuma: Add cocoa powder to 1 big dough for brown color
  3. Nose: Keep 1 small dough (white) for the nose.
  4. Eyes, nose, mouth details: Add cocoa powder to 1 small dough for dark brown color.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball for the face, and attach 2 small balls for the ears. Roll out the nose, eyes and mouth details and stick it on the dough.
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