How long to cook yuanxiao?

Grind nuts, dried fruits. Mix nuts and dried fruits, add powdered sugar and butter. Knead the dough from boiling water, rice flour and powdered sugar. Roll out cakes from the dough. Put the filling in the center, make balls. Roll the balls in rice flour. Mix rice water, orange juice. Boil with vanilla sugar, ginger, cinnamon and star anise. Boil the balls for a few minutes.

How to cook yuanxiao

Walnuts – 30 grams
Peanuts – 30 grams
Roasted almonds – 30 grams
Dates – 30 grams
Dried apricots – 30 grams
Dark raisins – 30 grams
Butter – 120 grams
Brown sugar – 6 tablespoons
Vanilla sugar – 2 bags
Round rice – 0.5 kilogram
Orange – 2 pieces
Water – 0.6 liters
Fresh ginger root – 3 centimeters
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Star anise – 1 star

How to cook yuanxiao
1. Grind rice in a blender or coffee grinder to a state of flour, sift.
2. Grind the peanuts, almonds, walnuts, dried apricots, raisins and dates in a blender in turn, arrange in separate cups.
3. Grind brown sugar with a mortar into powder.
4. In different bowls, mix peanuts with raisins, walnuts with dates, almonds with dried apricots, add a pinch of vanilla sugar and a teaspoon of powdered brown sugar to each bowl.
5. Soften the butter in the heat, distribute among cups with dried fruits and nuts, mix thoroughly.
6. Gradually pour 0.3 liters of boiling water into rice flour, add the remaining powdered sugar, mix the dough for 5 minutes until a tight consistency.
7. Divide the dough into three parts, put them in separate cups.
8. Pour a teaspoon of juice into each cup, knead the dough so that it is evenly colored.
9. Roll out the dough into sausages about 2 centimeters wide.
10. Cut the sausages into 6 parts, roll each into cakes.
11. Put the filling in the center of the cakes, mold the balls.
12. Dip each ball in water and roll several times in rice flour.
13. Squeeze juice from oranges.
14. In a saucepan, mix water and orange juice together with pulp.
15. Peel and grate ginger on a fine grater.
16. Pour a bag of vanilla sugar, grated ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise into a saucepan.
17. Put the saucepan on the burner, bring to a boil over high heat.
18. Dip the rice balls into a saucepan, wait until they float up, and leave on low heat for a few more minutes.
19. You can serve the balls by putting them in orange juice.

Tasty Facts

– Yuanxiao is a Chinese national dish made from rice flour, sticky balls with or without filling, boiled in water.

– In China, yuanxiao is prepared for the “Lantern Festival”, according to the lunar calendar, it takes place on the 15th day of the 1st month. The Chinese celebrate the end of the Spring Festival or the traditional New Year by lighting red lanterns and eating yuanxiao.

Rice flour cakes appeared in China in the 7th-13th centuries. In ancient sources, the dish is described as a liquid with pieces of dough, which is made according to the lunar calendar in the middle of the first month. The Chinese serve yuanxiao for breakfast and as a dessert.

“Unfilled yuanxiao are served in broth, while sweet stuffed balls are served in ginger syrup.

Yuanxiao is stuffed with dried fruits, nuts, hawthorn berries, beans, chocolate, sweet black sesame, red bean paste.

“The Chinese believe in the omen that if all relatives eat yuanxiao together, the family will always be happy.