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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Glutinous Rice Balls with Peanut Filling


Tong yuen in Cantonese and Tangyuan in Mandarin .

Basically made of glutinous rice and  mixed with water to form a small balls , filled or unfilled - your choice , and boiled with ginger and rock sugar .

It's usually served during Spring Lantern Festival . I usually made these during cold winter days to warm my innards .


Recipe from one of the free Chinese dailies here , am 730 , by Terry Chow

50 grams peanuts
25 grams sugar
10 grams butter

220 grams glutinous rice flour
180 ml water

rock sugar and water for  cooking

* In a wok without any oil , stir fry peanuts until fragrant and skin a little bit burnt ; transfer to a plate , let cool  and you can either use your fingers or palm to loosen the skin . Crush peanuts by using rolling pin or use a mini food processor which is easier, add sugar and butter , mix well ; refrigerate the mixture for an hour .
* In a large bowl , put in the flour and gradually add water ; knead to form a pliable dough  that won't stick  to your hands . Pinch a small amount of the dough , flatten it and put in some peanut filling and roll it into balls . Repeat until you used all the dough or the filling .
* Boil water and add sugar ; dump in the balls and when it floats , it's already cooked . Serve hot .

*** Note : I added 2 teaspoon of creamy peanut butter and use brown sugar . I used about 350 grams of glutinous rice flour and makes 60 small balls . I cooked 20 balls in 4 1/2 cups of water with 50 grams of sliced ginger and 100 grams of rock sugar .





15 comments:

  1. that is my favourite. i love it with peanut or black sesame.

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  2. yup, we dont have to wait till thong zhi to enjoy tong yuens! love it anytime!

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  3. I have mochi(sweet rice flour) rice. Is that the same glutinous rice? If yes then I can try these some day. They look like rasgullas to me.

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    1. @ Balvinder , I guess that will be okay ;D Let me know if you tried it !

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    2. Not yet, but I am going to try soon.

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  4. Beautifully done! And the filling sounds DELISH!!! Such a yummy treat~

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  5. I have seen a few sweets around using glutinous rice flour, but I have never been able to come across this type of rice flour and I know that the regular rice flour will not do.
    The idea of the ground peanuts in the center does sound tasty. Also, this is a very unusual cooking method, so I am curious about what kind of flavor is transferred in that process. Glad I stopped in to see the recipe for this treat-that first picture looks amazing!

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  6. wow..easy to follow & very tempting pics dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  7. I'm a sucker for glutinous rice balls!

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  8. Oh I love this, especially with peanut filling! I can eat a dozen of it and still be left wanting more.

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  9. I love both peanut and black sesame filling. Like you also added Ginger as it really enhance this dessert and very good aroma.

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  10. parang palitaw balls ba ito sis?

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    1. I haven't tried making palitaw yet :P :D tsk tsk 'di ba they also use ground sticky rice when making it ? I guess these rice balls are almost the same sans the filling (?) and the ginger water ;D

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  11. That looks yummy! it reminds me of a local delicacy from Bicol ♥

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