The appearance alone of this Japanese treat is so enticing. The mochi balls look soft with powdery green color. The mochi layer has an earthy flavor with a sticky and chewy texture. On the other hand, the taste of the filling depends on the filling you use. For this recipe, we are using red bean paste which you can make on your own.
6 tbsp. or 50g of Mochiko or Shiratamako sweet rice flour, 50g
2 tbsp. of sugar
1/2 tsp. of matcha powder
6 tbsp. of water
¼ cup of cornstarch for dusting
½ cup red bean paste
- Mix together mochiko, sugar, and green tea powder in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Pour water. Mix well until all is dissolved completely. Loosely cover the bowl using a plastic wrap or kitchen towel.
- At full power, microwave for 2 minutes. Take the bowl out of the microwave and mix again with a wet spatula.
- Put the cover back and microwave for another 30 seconds or until the dough becomes a little more translucent.
- Generously dust with cornstarch a sheet of parchment paper placed on the working surface.
- From the microwave-safe bowl, transfer the dough onto the parchment paper. Sprinkle the dough with more cornstarch.
- Using a knife or a dough scraper, divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
- Flatten the dough into a circular shape (with a diameter of about 3.5 inches and 1/8 inch thickness), using your hands.
- Spoon red bean paste and place it at the center of the mochi wrapper.
- Pinch the corners of the mochi wrapper. To close the mochi wrapper completely, pinch the remaining corners together.
- Tap the bottom of the mochi with cornstarch. To remove excess cornstarch, brush gently the assembled green tea mocha.
- Making the red bean paste on your own will ensure you have the right consistency and sweetness. Add rinsed beans into a saucepan with water and bring it to boil. Discard the water and change it with more water.
- Cook until beans are set which means you can easily mash the beans with your finger. Drain the water again and add sugar. Over medium heat, continue cooking while constantly stirring until it reaches the consistency you desire.