Korean Food Mung Bean Rice Cakes (녹두 인절미)

Ingredients

For the rice cake:
Sweet rice flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Water 2 1/2 Cup (40 tbs)
Sugar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Salt 1 Tablespoon
For the mung bean crumbs:
Mung beans 1 Cup (16 tbs) , dried, peeled
Salt 1/2 Tablespoon

Directions

GETTING READY:

1)In a large bowl wash the dried and peeled mung beans several times and soak the washed beans in water for 2 hours.

MAKING:

For the mung beans:

2)After 2 hours drain the beans.

3)Place a large metal or bamboo steamer on the stove, with a cheese cloth placed on top of the steaming plate. You can also use an electric steamer for this purpose.

4)Steam the mung beans for about 20 to 30 minutes till a cooked bean when rubbed between the thumb and the second finger smashes easily which indicates that they are ready.

5)On a tray or plate and spread some salt on the cooked mung beans and allow them to cool.

6)Place the beans in a zipper bag and beat them to a coarse powder with a rolling pin or pestle, add sugar to taste and mix the contents well.

For the rice cakes:

7)In a large microwave safe bowl add the rice flour, water, sugar and salt and mix. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place it in the microwave on high for 6 minutes stirring at intervals of 3 minutes each until they turn yellow.

8)Mix the flour mixture with a fork and forcefully hit the rice with the end of a rolling pin for a smooth texture for 10 minutes.

FINALIZING:

9)On a tray or a wooden surface place plastic wrap and spread the mung beans.

10)On top of this mixture add the rice flour mixture and flatten it to a square shape and pat it down till it is about half inch in thickness.

11)Top with more mung beans and spread evenly.

SERVING:

12)Cut the rice cakes into 2 inch wide strips and serve.

TIPS:

You do not want your beans to be wet, so try to get them dried. You can toast them in a pan on the stove, or bake them a little in the oven. Either way be careful not to burn the beans.

To avoid the dough from sticking to the knife, dip the knife in water.

NOTE:

This recipe can be stored in the fridge and thawed when serving which will not affect the taste of the dish in any way.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Bit Difficult
Cook Time: 120 Minutes
Ready In: 120 Minutes