Are you a fan of bubble tea? Do you love the chewy texture of boba pearls? If so, have you ever considered making your own boba at home?
With just a few simple ingredients, you can create your own delicious and satisfying boba using rice flour. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making boba with rice flour step-by-step.
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will result in perfect boba every time. So, let’s get started!
How To Make Boba With Rice Flour?
To make boba with rice flour, you will need the following ingredients:
– Brown sugar
– Hot water
– Glutinous rice flour
– Black glutinous rice flour
– Tapioca starch
First, let’s start with the boba pearls. In a small pot, heat up 62g of hot water and dissolve 45g of brown sugar over low heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn up the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
Next, add in 68g of glutinous rice flour and mix quickly for 6 to 7 seconds. Turn off the heat and add in the remaining 34g of glutinous rice flour. Knead the mixture into a dough using a scraper blade until it becomes smooth.
Divide the dough into four portions and shape each portion into a long log around 1.5cm in diameter. Cut each log into small cubes and round them into small balls. Coat each ball with enough flour to avoid sticking to each other and remove any excess flour.
Now, let’s move on to the black glutinous rice flour dough. In a mixing bowl, gradually add in 1/4 cup of water to 92g of black glutinous rice flour. Knead it into a dough for 10-15 minutes until it no longer sticks to your fingers.
Finally, mix together 123g of water, 92g of brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of tapioca starch in a pot over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the black glutinous rice flour dough and stir until it becomes thick and sticky.
To serve, add the boba pearls to your favorite bubble tea drink and enjoy!
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make boba with rice flour, you will need a few simple ingredients. The first is brown sugar, which is used to make the syrup that the boba pearls will soak in. You’ll also need hot water to dissolve the brown sugar.
For the boba pearls themselves, you’ll need glutinous rice flour, black glutinous rice flour, and tapioca starch. The glutinous rice flour is used to make the dough that forms the base of the pearls, while the black glutinous rice flour is used to add color and flavor to the dough. The tapioca starch helps to bind everything together and create a chewy texture.
With these ingredients on hand, you’ll be well on your way to making delicious boba with rice flour at home.
Preparing The Rice Flour Dough
To prepare the rice flour dough for boba, start by mixing together the glutinous rice flour and brown sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Gradually add in 2 1/2 tablespoons of boiling water and stir until a dough forms. You may need to use your hands towards the end to form it into a workable dough.
Transfer the dough onto a surface sprinkled with more rice flour and shape it into small boba-sized balls, a little smaller than a marble. Set them aside in a single layer. Pro tip: it helps to roll the dough into a long cord and cut it into small pieces, then roll them into balls.
Boil a large pot of water and add the boba pearls. After a few seconds, stir the water to make sure the boba pearls aren’t sticking to each other. Allow the boba pearls to float to the top, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
Strain the boba pearls and place them in the brown sugar syrup to soak while you make the coconut cream or your favorite bubble tea drink.
By following these simple steps, you can easily make delicious boba with rice flour at home. Experiment with different flavors and enjoy your tasty creation!
Shaping The Boba Pearls
Shaping the boba pearls is an important step in making boba with rice flour. After dividing the dough into four portions, shape each portion into a long log around 1.5cm in diameter. Then, cut each log into small cubes and round them into small balls. It’s important to be patient and not require perfect roundness.
In a large plate, spread some flour and coat each ball with enough flour to avoid sticking to each other. After finishing all of the pearls, shift off any extra flour. You can now package the boba pearls in air-tight bags and freeze them for later use.
Remember to cover the other three portions of dough with a plastic bag while you shape the pearls to prevent them from drying out. It’s also important to be quick during the process because the dough becomes hard to control when it cools down completely.
By following these steps, you’ll have perfectly shaped boba pearls that are ready to be added to your favorite bubble tea drink.
Cooking The Boba Pearls
After preparing the boba pearls, it’s time to cook them. Bring 6 cups of water to a rapid boil over medium heat. Add the boba pearls and cook for 15-20 minutes while stirring occasionally. The pearls will float to the top of the water when they are cooked.
Once the pearls are cooked, turn off the heat, cover with a lid, and let them sit for another 15 minutes. This will allow the pearls to fully cook through and become chewy.
After 15 minutes, drain the boba pearls and rinse them with cold water. This will remove any excess starch and prevent them from sticking together.
To sweeten the boba pearls, mix in 2 tablespoons of Taiwanese brown sugar while they are still warm. This will give them a delicious caramel flavor.
Now your boba pearls are ready to be added to your favorite bubble tea drink or any other beverage of your choice. Enjoy!
Storing And Using The Boba Pearls
Unfortunately, boba pearls made with rice flour do not store well and should be consumed on the same day they are made. After several hours, the texture of the pearls will begin to deteriorate, with the centers becoming hard and the exteriors becoming mushy. To avoid this, it is best to only make as much boba pearls as you need for your drinks.
When using the boba pearls, it is important to cook them properly. Add the boba pearls to a pot of boiling water and cook for around 5-7 minutes or until they float to the surface. Then, transfer them to a bowl of cold water and let them cool down for a few minutes before using them in your bubble tea drink.
It is also important to note that the boba pearls will expand when cooked, so it is best to make them small in size when shaping them into balls. Additionally, if you want to speed up the process of making the boba pearls, you can skip rolling them into balls and cut them into cube-like shapes instead. However, this may result in less aesthetically pleasing boba pearls.
Tips And Tricks For Perfect Boba Every Time
Making boba with rice flour can be a bit tricky, but with these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your boba pearls turn out perfectly every time:
1. Use hot water to dissolve the brown sugar: Using hot water to dissolve the brown sugar will help it dissolve faster and more evenly. This will prevent any lumps from forming and ensure that your boba pearls are evenly coated in syrup.
2. Knead the dough until smooth: Kneading the dough until it becomes smooth is essential for creating chewy and soft boba pearls. Make sure to use a scraper blade to knead the dough, as this will help you achieve a smooth texture.
3. Coat the boba pearls in flour: Coating the boba pearls in flour will prevent them from sticking together and help them maintain their shape. Make sure to remove any excess flour before cooking.
4. Cook the boba pearls in boiling water: Boiling the boba pearls in water is important for cooking them evenly and ensuring that they become chewy and soft. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent them from sticking to each other.
5. Soak the cooked boba pearls in syrup: Soaking the cooked boba pearls in syrup will add flavor and sweetness to them. Make sure to let them soak for at least 6-8 minutes, or until the syrup thickens to your desired consistency.
By following these tips and tricks, you can make delicious and chewy boba pearls every time!