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Halal Strawberry Mochi Recipe: Enjoy This Delicate Japanese Dessert At Home

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Ili  •  Jun 19, 2020

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Mochi is a signature Japanese dessert that is widely loved by locals and travellers alike. Also known as a rice cake, this traditional snack is chewy, smooth and deliciously addictive - and, best of all, totally doable on your own! Previously, we’ve covered how you can make your own halal mochi ice cream at home. So for this time around, we’ll be diving into a different kind which is strawberry mochi (ichigo daifuku) 😃 With a juicy strawberry encased in a ball of sweet red bean paste and chewy mochi skin, get ready to make yourself a yummy Japanese treat using this halal strawberry mochi recipe. Ingredients (serves 6)
  • ¾  cup glutinous rice flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½  cup water
  • ½ cup sweet red bean paste (you can get red bean paste in stores, online or make it yourself!)
  • 6 strawberries
  • Cornstarch for dusting
Directions
  1. Rinse, dry and cut the stem of the strawberries.
  2. Divide the sweet read bean paste into 6 equal sized balls of dough. Rolling them in your hands can get pretty sticky, so make sure to wash your hands and dry them completely each time you make a ball.
  3.  Press each strawberry into the centre of each ball of dough and wrap them, leaving only the tip exposed. Repeat this with every strawberry and set aside. 
  4. In a bow, combine glutinous flour and sugar together. Add water (in 3 parts) and stir until the mixture has a thick consistency.
  5. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute. Then mix it well using a spatula.
  6. For the second time, cover the bowl and pop it in the microwave for another 1 minute. Mix well once more.
  7. For the third and last time, cover the bowl and microwave but only for 3o seconds. Give it a mix; the mixture should look translucent by now.
  8. On a clean surface, dust a generous amount of cornstarch and place the mochi on top. Divide the mochi into 6 equal portions.
  9. Dust some cornstarch on your hands and flatten each mochi into a 3-inch round. Place each anko covered strawberry in each mochi and wrap. Once
  10.  Final step; gather your dough into a ball and separate into 6 equal pieces. Flatten them as you did the red bean paste and use each of them to cover your red the dough reaches the top, roll it well in your hands to create an even-shaped ball. Serve and enjoy!   
With just one bite out of this delightful Japanese confection, you’ll find yourself completely hooked on it and heading back to the kitchen to make a second batch 😉