How to Make Boba Pearls at Home

Boba Tapioca Pearls are an substantive part of bubble tea. Learn the foolproof method to make total darkness boba drop at home with no weird ingredients so that you can enjoy them without fear .
a spoon with black boba pearls

What are Boba Pearls

Boba Pearls are tapioca pearls that are frequently added to bubble milk tea. They are made from tapioca starch and have a bouncing, chewy texture with some balminess.

You can find packaged boba drop at asian grocery store stores, however they may contain additives and preservatives. There are besides reports of insalubrious chemicals in tapioca pearls used at some house of cards tea shops. consequently, I have decided to make them ( arsenic well as boba tea ) at home .

Ingredients

The independent ingredients are :

  • tapioca starch/flour: make sure you buy tapioca flour from Vietnamese or Thai brands. The flour should be very fine and lightweight (like cornstarch).
  • cocoa powder and dark brown sugar: these two ingredients together give the pearls a natural dark color and a subtle flavor. No need to use food coloring (or any weird stuff).
  • water

When I make them with vietnamese colored brown sugar, they will have a black tinge while if I make them with western blue brown sugar, the tinge will be deep brown which is however very beautiful. so barely grab dark brown boodle at your regular grocery stores .

How to Make Boba Pearls

Black boba pearls are not unmanageable to make at family. There are 3 main steps here :

  • preparing the dough,
  • shaping the pearls,
  • boiling the pearls.

It is besides possible to make ahead and we will discuss that late in the post. I powerfully recommend watching the video recording below and then continue to read to understand the method .

Watch the Video

Preparing the dough

first, dissolve dark brown sugar into water system and bring it to a boil. To create the pearl, tapioca flour is normally mix with boiling liquid to make a kneadable boodle. When I dumped all of the starch into boiling liquid ( or frailty versa ), I found 2 likely issues :

  • The texture may get weird, wet, lumpy and doesn’t form into a dough.
  • If the mixture manages to form into a dough, it is a little difficult to shape the pearls. After cooking, they taste okay though. However, they will be hard chewy the next day (after being stored in the fridge) instead of pleasantly chewy with a bit of softness. 

When starch is added directly to hot liquid, it can clump very easily. On the contrary, slurry can be added directly to hot liquid and incorporate more easily than starch. So the solution I came up with is using part of the flour to form a tapioca starch slurry first, then add it to the impertinently boiled liquid while stirring to form a besotted mixture. After that, gradually add the remaining flour and use a wooden spoon to combine and/or use your hands to knead into a soft and smooth boodle .
Steps to make the dough: make a tapioca starch slurry, add it to hot water, then add flour and knead into dough This foolproof method works every clock. furthermore, you can cook the pearl, then refrigerate, and they distillery have a bang-up texture the following day after reheating in the microwave .

Shaping the pearls

thinly dust a clean working surface and your hands, press the dough into a flat disk and cut into strips. Roll each strip into a hanker log and then cut into little pieces. I like to keep each musical composition not besides large since the smaller they are, the fewer time needed to cook them. Don ’ t make them besides small though, or it will take a bunch of time to go through all the dough .
Steps to shape boba pearls: cut the dough into strips then cut into small pieces.
now comes the time-consuming separate, which is rolling the dough pieces into orotund balls. This sounds like a job for when you have a fortune of free time or when you binge-watch Netflix : ). You may besides want to ask your spouse or kids for a helping hired hand. And don ’ thyroxine stress yourself out about making them absolutely round .

Boiling boba pearls

This is the easiest footprint out of all three. Just boil the tapioca balls in enough of body of water until they are amply cooked .
Boba pearls being boiled in a pot
Mine often take less than 15 minutes to cook. The demand come of cook meter will depend on the size of the pearl .
Cooked boba pearls will need to be soaked in a simple brown sugar syrup ( or beloved ) to avoid stand by deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as give them more flavors. then once the pearls are cooked through, transfer them to a bowl of cold water. then drain and soak them in the syrup. The longer you keep them in the syrup, the dark their tinge will become .
A container with black boba pearls in simple brown sugar syrup

How to Use and Store the Pearls

If you follow my method acting, after putting the pearl in the syrup, you can use them right away or store them in the electric refrigerator until the future day. When you want to use them, briefly microwave them until they become soft-chewy again and add them to your bubble tea .
Highly recommend : make my brown sugar milk tea recipe and enjoy with these homemade tapioca pearls. They may besides be a great addition to matcha caffe latte. In Vietnam, young people love adding these black boba drop to tofu pudding ( tào phớ/douhua ) nowadays .

How to Make Ahead

After step 2 ( shaping the drop ), lightly coat them with tapioca flour, place in a Ziploc base, and freeze them. When you need to use them, merely remove from the electric refrigerator and fudge in boiling water and marinade in brown boodle syrup after that .
a plate with homemade boba pearls that have been frozenHomemade boba pearls that have been frozen

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a spoon with freshly prepared homemade boba pearls

Homemade Black Boba Pearls

Boba Tapioca Pearls are an essential part of bubble tea. Learn the foolproof method to make black boba pearls at home with no weird ingredients so that you can enjoy them without fear.

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Prep Time:

1

hour

15

minutes

Cook Time:

15

minutes

Total Time:

1

hour

30

minutes

Servings:

6

servings

Calories:

149

kcal

generator :Sophie

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 4 oz tapioca starch ( plus more for dust )

  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder

  • 6 1/2 tablespoons water, divided

  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

For the Brown Sugar Syrup

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add tapioca starch and cocoa powder. Mix to combine.

  • Scoop out 3 tablespoons from the flour mixture and add them to a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of water, then stir until smooth to create a starch slurry.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and 3 1/2 tablespoons of water to a small saucepan. Place it over medium heat and bring to a boil, then immediately lower to low heat. Add the tapioca starch slurry while constantly stirring for 10-20 seconds until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the stove immediately.

  • Gradually add the remaining flour into the wet cooked flour mixture (2-3 tablespoons each time) and use a wooden spoon to incorporate. Once the wet flour mixture is fully coated with the raw flour, you can use your hand to knead into a soft, smooth, slightly sticky and bouncy dough.

  • Lightly dust a clean surface. Press the dough into a flat disk and lightly dust both sides with tapioca flour. Cut into strips.

  • Roll each strip into a thin log and then cut into small pieces. Then roll each piece into tapioca pearls. Cover the portion of dough that hasn’t been used to avoid drying it out.

  • You may want to lightly dust the pearls to avoid them from sticking to each other. At this point you can freeze them or cook them right away.

  • Bring a pot with plenty of water to a boil and then add the boba pearls. Maintain a rolling simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes or until they are fully cooked. Boiling time will depend on the size of the pearls. Mine are slightly smaller than green peas.

  • While cooking the pearls, add dark brown sugar and water for the syrup to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Then transfer to a container to cool down.

  • Once the pearls are fully cooked, transfer them to a bowl with cold water. Then drain and add them to the brown sugar syrup. You can use them now or store in the fridge up to 2 days. Remove from the fridge and microwave briefly until they are bouncy and chewy again.

Video

Notes

Please make certain you use tapioca starch from vietnamese or Thai brands. The flour is very fine and lightweight, like cornstarch .
I strongly recommend watching the video in the post to see how to combine the flour and make the dough .
The come of pearl from this recipe can be used for 6-8 glasses of milk tea. Use enough of water to boil the bone and use a large toilet. If your pot is small, you may want to cook them in 2 batches .
When using the freeze pearl, boil them veracious aside and add more cook time. All remaining steps are the same .
1 tablespoon of carry dark brown carbohydrate is about 12-13 grams .

Nutrition

Calories:

149

kcal

|

Carbohydrates:

39

g

|

Protein:

1

g

|

Fat:

1

g

|

Saturated Fat:

1

g

|

Sodium:

8

mg

|

Potassium:

24

mg

|

Fiber:

1

g

|

Sugar:

22

g

|

Calcium:

19

mg

|

Iron:

1

mg

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