If you've never made Nian Gao before, you really have to try this! Only 3 ingredients!
1 cup Glutinous rice flour,
(Basically, the ratio of flour and sugar is 1:1. However, if red bean paste is used or sweetened red beans, decrease the sugar ratio )
1 cup soft brown sugar
(sieve it well to remove lumps/ brown sugar is used for the brown color effect)
red bean paste or red beans
(i used the instant red beans beans paste usually used in bingsu or korean shaved ice dessert. However, you can steam or boil the red beans)
If you want it softer and eaten on its own, add 1/2 cup of water. However, if you want to fry it, the nian gao has to be thicker. Hence, 1/3 c water is used.
Grease pan with oil
Sieve sugar. Mix flour, water and sugar together. Add in red beans.Stir until all the lumps disappear.
Steam for 1/2 hour.