Zunda Mochi with Black Bean Edamame
"Zunda" is another way to say edamame in Japanese. Zunda mochi is a Japanese sweet made by piling mashed, sweetened edamame over mochi rice dumplings. In Sasayama, we grow black beans so use black bean edamame! It's super easy and zunda is so good over deliciously chewy mochi ;) If you can't get Mochi flour (mochiko or sweet rice flour), you can also use premade mochi or rice cakes.
Background: This is a seasonal treat in Tanba Sasayama area, where we grow black beans! Black beans are only harvested for edamame during the month of October so we have to eat it while we can! Sasayama's black beans are much bigger than other places and SO good, everyone loves them. If you have the chance, you have to come to Sasayama and try them!!
- Mochiko/Sweet rice flour (250 g)
- Edamame (Black bean or regular edamame) (250-280 g (unshelled weight))
- Sugar (about 40 g)
- Salt (To taste)
Mix mochi flour with 200 ml warm water (or make the mochi according to the directions on the bag). Mix so it forms a smooth dough.
Divide dough and roll into several small balls (about 1 Tbsp each). Press it down in the middle to form a round depression like a little bowl.
Cook mochi in boiling water until they float to the top. Scoop out and immediately cool in ice water.
Boil edamame in salted water in their shell for a few minutes, but be careful that they don't get too soft (depending on size, 5-10 minutes). Drain and cool in cold water. Shell edamame and remove the outer skin. Roughly mash - it's good if it's still a bit chunky!
Mix sugar in with the mashed beans a little bit at a time. I added about 40 g (3-ish Tbsp) in total. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.
Arrange mochi dumplings on a plate and pile on the edamame mash. Enjoy!
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