Natural Magick: Sweet Rice Balls

This was taken out of the book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Magick” by Miria Liguana and Nina Metzner. If you like this recipe, please buy the book.

Whether you’re celebrating Taeborum or another Full Moon, you can serve this sweet treat to symbolize the Moon Goddess. These are very sweet little balls of rice, fruit, and nuts. The round shape symbolizes the Full Moon above, and the cinnamon and nuts attract wealth and prosperity. Rice is generally considered a fertility grain, which is why we still use the pagan tradition of throwing rice at newly married couples; it encourages a long and fruitful marriage. The success of this recipe depends on using only sticky or sweet rice, no substitutes, with the right amount of water.

  • 5 cups sticky rice (also called sweet rice)
  • 4 cups water
  • 15 chestnuts, peeled and chopped (or substitute 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts or walnuts)
  • 5 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Soak the sticky rice in the water for 4 to 6 hours. Rinse the rice, stirring it through your fingers unti lthe water is clear, not milky.

Put the rice and the rest of the ingredients into a large, heavy pot, mixing well. Add just enough fresh, cold water to cover the top of the rice by about 3/4 of an inch. An easy way to measure the water is to use the knuckle test — the water should come up to the first joint of your knuckle. The trick here is to steam the rice during the final cooking phase, not to boil it as in traditional Western recipes.

Bring the water to a light boil uncovered. Turn the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let the rice sit covered for an additional 10 minutes.

Let the mixture cool slightly and then form into small balls. This recipe will make approximately three dozen rice balls, depending on how large you make them.

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One Response to Natural Magick: Sweet Rice Balls

  1. Tervic says:

    What else is really delicious is if you do boil the rice continuously (adding water as necessary) until it turns into a goop (called shi-fan, in asian circles), then mashing it around to break up the grains, boiling, mashing, etc until you’re left with a fairly uniform paste.

    Nommage.

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