Yomarior Yoh-Mari is a delectable steam bread (made from rice flour) stuffed with scrumptious sesame filling. In Newari language, Yoh means love or liking and mari means a bread dish, so this sweet can be considered as one of the most loved bread dishes of the region. People from Newar community in Nepal and North-East states of India prepare this delicacy on all the festivals and auspicious occasions.
The rice dough is moulded into different shapes representing animals, especially fishes. So, you can imagine how much your kids are gonna love these fish-shaped sweets with healthy sesame seeds, maple syrup and honey. With Holi just round the corner, why not try this interesting looking and super-healthy dish this weekend.
1. Rice flour – 3 cups
2. Boiling water – 1 cup or as needed
1. Brown Sesame Seeds – ¾ cup
2. Shredded Coconut – 3 tbsp.
4. Water – 1 cup
Substitute for Molasses
Brown Sugar and maple syrup
1. Take a large bowl and mix the rice flour with boiling water (of course using a spoon)
2. Once it becomes cool enough to handle, carefully knead the dough until it becomes pliable and smooth
3. Cover the dough with a damp towel and leave it for about 20-30 minutes
1. In the meantime, you can start preparing the filling
2. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and toast sesame seeds on a low-medium flame for about 5-8 minutes (stir continuously until golden brown)
3. Once cool, grind it to a fine powder
4. Also, grind the shredded coconut to a fine powder
5. Now, mix sesame seeds, coconut powder brown sugar (or maple syrup) and water
6. Heat this mixture on a low flame for about 5 minutes and stir it continuously to ensure that the mixture doesn’t stick to the pan
7. Once desired consistency is achieved, remove it from the flame and let it cool
1. Before you get started, knead the dough once again for a minute or two and divide the dough into 12 equal portions
2. Oil your hands and start moulding each portion into small hollow pockets (try to give it the shape of a fish)
3. Now, place about 2 tsp. of mixture inside these pockets and carefully seal them up
4. Once done, now it’s time for some detailing; a fish without fins and tail will definitely not look like a fish (go creative and carefully use your fingertips and thumb)
5. Repeat the same with all the 12 portions and to avoid drying cover them with a damp kitchen towel
1. Take a steamer and boil enough water in its lower part
2. Grease the steamer trays with some oil and arrange the yomari ensuring that no two pieces touch each other
3. Now steam the yomari for about 8-10 minutes
4. Once properly cooked, they will start looking glazed
5. Remove it from the steamer tray and serve hot
Try this recipe this weekend, and I am sure your kids are seriously going to love eating healthy and interesting yomari!