Sweet rice balls with black sesame

There is nothing better than enjoying a steaming bowl full of these sweet rice balls together with your family. This is especially true for Chinese New Year.


Difficulty: Hard

Time: 45 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 480 / Protein 10g / Carbohydr. 96g / Fat 13g

Ingredients (4 servings)

400 gglutinous rice flour
300 mlwater (hot)
50 mlwater (cold)
60 gpeanuts
30 gblack sesame
25 gconfectioner’s sugar
50 mlmaple syrup
rice flour for handling dough


frying pan, large saucepan, chop sticks, food processor, 2 small bowls, large bowl, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife, ladle

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Step 1

Sweet rice balls with black sesame

Place the rice flour into a large bowl. First, whisk in the hot water. Then, add the cold water and mix well to combine. Using your hands, form dough into a ball. Cover and set aside.

chop sticks, large bowl

400 g glutinous rice flour / 300 ml water (hot) / 50 ml water (cold)

Step 2

Sweet rice balls with black sesame

In a grease-free pan, toast peanuts and black sesame until lightly roasted. Transfer to a food processor and finely grind. Then, place into a small bowl and add confectioner’s sugar and maple syrup. Mix until a sticky paste forms.

frying pan, food processor, small bowl

60 g peanuts / 30 g black sesame / 25 g confectioner’s sugar / 50 ml maple syrup

Step 3

Sweet rice balls with black sesame

Place filling onto a cutting board and divide into four equal portions. Roll each portion into a small log and cut into hazelnut-sized pieces.

cutting board, knife

Step 4

Sweet rice balls with black sesame

Lightly cover hands with rice flour. Take a small portion of the dough (approx. 1 tablespoon) and form a small dough round. Place filling in the center and wrap dough around to form a ball. Cover with rice flour.

rice flour for handling dough

Step 5

Sweet rice balls with black sesame

Add water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Place balls in boiling water and reduce heat. Immediately stir to avoid sticking. Cover and allow to steep for approx. 3 – 5 min. until dumplings rise to the surface. Serve with cooking water.

large saucepan, cooking spoon, ladle