Matcha Rice Ball Dessert with Black Sesame Filling (Tang Yuan)
Encha Matcha Rice Ball Dessert - Family Love by Mom
Created by the Mother of Dr. Li Gong, Founder of Encha
Make time: 1-2 hours (make it a family party for Sunday afternoon)
My Mom turned 72 this year. She raised four kids with my Dad. I am kid #3 and the only one who left my small hometown in central China to pursue academic training in the U.S. Now she and my Dad are staying with me for a few months in 2016. I requested her to use Encha Organic Matcha to greenify the traditional sticky rice balls on the 15th of the first month of the lunar new year. She agreed. Love you, Mom.
1 tbsp Encha Organic Matcha: Culinary-grade Encha is recommended
500g sticky rice flour
5oz black sesame seeds or paste
1 tbsp maple syrup
Make the matcha sticky rice dough
Pour the sticky rice flour into a large mixing bowl. Create a hole in the center. Progressively add cold water to the mix to create enough moisture for the dough to be sticky, moise but not too wet.
Sift Encha organic matcha powder into the flour a couple of times during the dough-making process
Mix the dough by hand (if you are good at making the dough by hand); or, use a flour mixing processor.
Make the black sesame filling
Option 1: Use pre-made black sesame powder. Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (adjust to your taste) to the black sesame powder. Stir to mix
Option 2: Toast black sesame seeds from scratch (2-3 min).
Stir fry the seeds on medium heat on a wok or pan until you hear the seeds popping
Adjust heat to low, stir fry for 1 more minute
Crush the seeds into fine powder and mix in maple syrup
Wrap the matcha rice ball
Cut the matcha sticky rice dough into 1 inch-long square pieces. Knead each into a round cup with bowl-shaped cavity.
Harden the sesame filling using your fingers into a ½ inch ball and place it into the rice cup.
Wrap the rice cup over sesame filling.
Roll it between your hands into a round ball shape
Bring water to a boil in a pan.
Add matcha rice balls to the water.
Once the rice balls surface to the top, add ½ cup cold water. When the rice balls come back up to the surface again, it is ready!
Serve in individual bowls with some soup from the pot, add in additional sweetener or goji berries to garnish and taste.
A special Encha recipe for all the Moms in the world.