Mochi is oftentimes loved or hated, but for those who love the sweet, sticky treat, this recipe with ground peanuts makes a surprisingly light dessert.
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You can buy pre-ground peanut powder at local specialty markets. You can also use ground sesame instead of peanuts.
In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the rice flour, cornstarch, and water. Stir until smooth.
Microwave on intervals of 20-30 seconds, mixing in between cooking times, until the mochi is slightly transparent throughout (about 5-6 times). It does not have to be even.
In a plastic sandwich bag, rub the oil inside and place the mochi within. Knead with hands until the mochi absorbs most of the oil. Let cool.
Mix together ground peanuts and sugar. Place mochi into the mixture, and using 2 chopsticks, cut the mochi into bite-sized pieces, coating with peanuts. Serve.