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.
Recipe adapted from Bored Panda
Makes 8 glutinous rice balls
1 cup Glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup Water
1 Pandan leaf (optional)
Food coloring (red, yellow)
- Mix glutinous rice flour and water together and knead well. The proper texture is similar to your ear lobe.
- If there are cracks in the dough, add a little water. If the dough is too moist, add a little flour.
- Divide the dough into 2 big balls + 2 small balls (for the deco).
- Place each decorated dough on a parchment paper/baking sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- Korilakkuma: Add red and yellow (1:10) food coloring to 1 big dough for tan color
- Rilakkuma: Add cocoa powder to 1 big dough for brown color
- Nose: Keep 1 small dough (white) for the nose.
- Eyes, nose, mouth details: Add cocoa powder to 1 small dough for dark brown color.
- 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.