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Video:How to Make Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

with Gina Miller

Thai red bean rice cakes are a delicious treat for holidays and special occasions. Learn how to make Thai red bean rice cakes with this easy recipe.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Hi, I'm Gina Miller with Food and today I'm making Thai red bean rice cakes. This recipe is based on the recipe found on the Thai Food site and it's a great holiday treat.

Ingredients for Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Here are the ingredients you'll need:
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour (also called "sticky rice flour")
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 package red bean paste (available at Asian/Chinese stores)
  • 1 large banana leaf (or parchment paper/wax paper)
  • 4 Tbsp. (regular) rice flour
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1+1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. dry shredded baking-type coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

Make the Coconut Milk Topping for the Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Ok, first we'll make the coconut milk topping. Place the coconut milk, regular rice flour and sugar into a pot or sauce pan. Stir with a whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens and the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat and set aside.

Make the Rice Cakes for Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Now let's make the rice cakes. Next place 2 cups of glutinous rice flour (or sticky rice flour) into a mixing bowl and add the water and a pinch of salt. Stir until the mixture begins to come together and form a pliable dough.

Here's a tip: If it crumbles, it's too dry. If it's soggy, it's too wet, so try and achieve the consistency of play-dough.

Shape the Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Now, dip your hands in water and take a little of the dough and roll it between your palms to form a ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Then press the ball of dough flat onto a floured surface, creating a flat dough wrapper.

In the center of your wrapper, place a dollop of red bean paste, about 1 tablespoon. Using a floured spatula lift the wrapper to your hands and fold all sides of the wrapper over the red bean paste. Now gently roll it between your palms until it is once again a shiny sphere.

Steam the Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Cut pieces of parchment paper into 2-inch squares and lightly grease. Place the rice ball on parchment paper and steam in a bamboo or electric steamer for 12-15 minutes. When cooked remove and "ice" the balls with the coconut milk topping.

Tips for Serving the Thai Red Bean Rice Cakes

Place them in a cupcake liner and finally sprinkle with toasted coconut. Here's a tip: To toast your own coconut simply stir-fry dry coconut over medium heat until it turns light golden brown, but don't use any oil. Once the rice cakes have cooled a bit they’re ready to be eaten. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

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