I have a box of Mochiko (glutinous/sweet rice flour)and it's sitting in my pantry for the longest time. I finally made some mochi out of it. I just love this chewy soft dough especially with sweet Azuki (red bean paste). You can buy this type of sweet mochi at most Asian Store but it is not difficult to make it yourself either. All you need is glutinous rice flour and some sweet Azuki.
1 cup of Mochiko/glutinous rice flour
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of green tea powder
2/3 cup of water
Some sweet azuki/red bean paste
Some cornstarch – for dusting
1. With wet hands, take 1 tbsp of azuki/ red bean paste and roll it into a ball. Make about 4-5 balls.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, mix together mochiko/glutinous rice flour, sugar, green tea and water. Mix well.
3. Microwave the mixture on high for two minutes. Remove and stir quickly. Return to the microwave and cook for another 2 minutes. The dough will bubble up and inflate, but be careful not to overcook or the dough will be too tough.
4. Divide dough into 4-5 equal portions by use a tablespoon. Make sure the plate or counter top are dust with cornstarch as the dough is very sticky.
5. Dust your fingers and palms with cornstarch and flatten a piece of dough (it will be quite hot so be careful) and put in the filling, then wrap dough up and seal the opening with a tight pinch. Repeat until all dough is used up. Chill the mochi before serving.