Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls – Tang Yuan (DongZhi Festival)

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The end of the year can be a great time to join together with your lovely families and friends.Today is a day 5 to countdown of Christmas. Meanwhile, for coming Monday is the “DongZhi” Festival or Winter Solstice Festival.It is an important festival for Chinese culture.DongZhi is the day when families join together and eat sweet soup of “Tang Yuan(汤圆)or called glutinous rice ball.In Chinese traditional, the glutinous rice balls are usually in round shape with filling or non-filling and the 3 common colour which is white, pink and green colour.Nowadays, many of peoples love to create new flavor or colour and even the style of shape to substitute with traditional version of TangYuan (like me ^.^).These is the 3rd times for me of preparing Tangyuan. The 1st time was in last year 2013. I had created the cute bear Tangyuan with yogurt flavor .Then, the 2nd times was in my wedding ceremony.It is also one of the culture of Chinese wedding too.This year is the 3rd year! I feel so excited and love to play fun with it.It’s just like the kids play clay😀 You can add any colour that you preferred. For the food colouring, I prefer to use the natural food colour. I know, maybe the colour not nicer than artificial colour but for handmade food, I am more concerned on healthy and the usage of artificial preservatives ^.^. So, in today recipe I just added some fruit jam and natural food powder to bring out that healthy colour. Hope you enjoy and let’s get started =)

一到年底便是与亲朋好友团聚的温馨好时光。圣诞节倒数还剩5天,同时即将来临的星期一也就是冬至,是与家人团团圆圆,和乐融融的享用汤圆。以往一般传统的汤圆是圆乎乎,胖嘟嘟的小球,有些则有内陷但有些是原味。对于一般汤圆的传统色便是粉色,绿色及白色。如今,许多人喜欢创意搞创新,连汤圆也随着时代改进而变化多端,色味俱全。因此而替代了古早味的传统汤圆(就如我一样喜欢创意可爱版的汤圆^_^)这是我人生当中第3次亲手制作汤圆,从手拌面团,搓汤圆及包内陷。第一次制作汤圆是在2013年,当时我做了小熊酸奶汤圆。人生的第二次是在我办婚礼的时刻,因为搓汤圆习俗也是华人其中一向的传统礼仪而今年便是我人生的第3次搓汤圆啦!我感觉非常的兴奋,因为我把搓汤圆当成一个有趣的玩意就如小孩般玩粘土一样=D在制作的过程,你可任意添加喜爱的色彩。关于食用色素,我个人偏爱使用天然食物颜色。我了解,天然食物的颜色并不如人造色素来得鲜艳及亮眼,但对手工自制的食品来说我更关心健康及无添加人工防腐剂^_^所以,在今天的食谱当中我采用了一些果酱和天然食品的粉类并带出健康又天然的颜色。希望您会喜欢,让我们一起开始吧~ 

Ingredients / 食材:-

[Glutinous rice ball / 汤圆]

Glutinous rice flour – 100 grams
糯米粉- 100克

Plain water – 85 grams (room temperature)
水- 85克 (室温)

[Black sesame filling / 芝黑麻内陷]

Black sesame powder – 80 grams
黑芝麻粉-80克

Powdered sugar – 70 grams
糖粉-70克

Peanut powder – 30 grams
花生粉-30克

Unsalted butter – 40 grams
无盐奶油-40克

Steps / 步骤:-

[ To make Filing / 制作内陷 ]
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1) Pour in all powder ingredients into the plastic bag and shake until well combined.
将所有的粉状材料倒入塑料袋中,再摇晃至全粉类混合均匀。

2) Add in soften butter into the flour mixture.
把软化奶油加入混合好的粉类当中。

3) Press the butter until completely mix with flour mixture.
按压至奶油和粉类完全混合均匀。

4) Combined black sesame mixture and butter until form to ball shape.
将芝麻混合粉与奶油结合成球状。

5) Divide each ball into 5 grams .
将每个小球分成5克。

[To make Glutinous Rice Ball / 制作汤圆 ]
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1) In a large bowl, add the glutinous rice flour.
在大碗里加入糯米粉。

2) Gradually add water and stir with chopstick until well combined.
逐渐的把水加入再利用筷子拌匀。

3) Take a small piece of dough and cook with boiling water. When the dough start floating (mean already cooked) then take out and drain well.
取一小块的面团放入沸腾水里煮,直到小块面团浮在水面上(面团浮起表示已煮熟了)之后,把面团捞出再沥干水份。

4) Add the cooked dough into the bowl again. (* Be careful of the hot cooked dough when combine with hand )
把煮熟的面团再次加入到碗里。(*当手搓揉面团时要小心烫)

5) Combine the cooked dough with glutinous flour and knead until become a smooth ball shape.
将熟面团和糯米粉一起混合至光滑的球状。

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1) Divide the dough as of how many colours you want to make (I divided mine to four equal portions)
将面团分割成几份你想要完成的颜色。(我分割了4等份)

2) Add the natural food colouring to each dough. The following is use natural food colour to make the different colour of dough :-
a) Pink dough – Strawberry Jam
b) Purple dough – Blueberry Jam
c) Brown dough – Cocoa powder
d) Green dough – Matcha powder

在每个糯米球加入了天然食物色素,如以下这些都是我采用了食品的天然颜色:-
a) 粉红色- 草莓酱
b) 紫色 -蓝莓酱
c) 褐色- 可可粉
d) 绿色 - 抹茶粉

3) Shape the dough into even-sized balls ( 10 grams each) .
把糯米团搓揉成均衡大小的球状 (每小球为10克)

4) Make a deep hole in the middle of glutinous rice ball then put the black sesame filling inside and wrap them together. Use the palm of your both hands to roll gently the dough into a smooth and round ball.
* When the dough feels dry or crack, dip your fingers in water and shaping them again .

在糯米球中心按压成小窝,然后放入芝麻馅再把它们包起。利用双手的手掌,轻柔撮至顺滑圆润的球状。
*当糯米球开始干燥或小裂痕,便把手指粘上少许的水份,再次搓揉即可。

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Now, you can play fun with kids or use your creativity to create them into any kawaii style glutinous rice balls instead of traditional round shape. Then put them into steamer and steam over medium high heat about 7-8 minutes.
* After the water start boiling only put the glutinous rice balls into steamer. (The steam time is depends on how bigger the glutinous rice ball, if for the smaller one just need 3-4 minutes )
* Place a sheet of baking paper to avoid glutinous rice balls stick on the bottom or you can grease a layer of oil on the plate.

现在是你与小孩的玩乐时光=) 你可发挥自已的创意把传统式的圆形汤圆改换成可爱版的汤圆。然后,把缩型好的汤圆放进蒸锅里蒸,以中高火蒸约7-8分钟。
*当水煮开后,才把汤圆放入蒸锅里(蒸的时间需要看汤圆的大小而定,如较小颗的汤圆只需要3-4分钟即可)
*把一张烘烤纸放在盘低以免汤圆粘在盘的底部 / 或在盘底刷上一层薄薄的菜油。

Done ! Now the steamed glutinous rice balls is ready to serve with red beans sweet soup. Yummy =p
完成!现在可把蒸熟的汤圆和甜滋滋的红豆汤一起享用。美味极了=p

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Hope you enjoy ^.^V

2 Comments Add yours

    1. foodbowlclub says:

      Happy Winter Solstice Festival Y^.^Y

      Liked by 1 person

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