Ingredients

  • Serves 4 people
  • ½ cup roasted black sesame seeds

  • ⅓ cup super fine sugar 

  • 6 tbsp softened butter 

  • 1 cup (or more for dusting) glutinous rice flour

  • ½ cup warm water

May Yacoubi Sweet Rice Balls with Black Sesame
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May Yacoubi

May Yacoubi Sweet Rice Balls with Black Sesame

Brighten up your weekend with this hands-on traditional dessert! Get your loved ones or kids to roll up these sticky rice balls and everyone will have both a fun-filled weekend and some lovely sweet treats to boot. It’s easy to make and even easier to cook. Each ball oozes out some creamy roasted black sesame as you bite into it. Serve it up in different ways, from ginger to Osmanthus and Barley soup. Or simply some hot sugared water.
  • Easy
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 5 steps
  • 5 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 5 steps
  • 5 Ingredients
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min

Instructions

  1. Blend dry ingredients and butter

    • In a food processor or blender, finely grind the sesame seeds. Add the caster sugar and use a spatula to mix together in the food processor. 
    • Then add the butter and pulse for 10 seconds at a time until the mixture is well combined. 
    • Scoop everything out into a bowl and put in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.


  2. Make dough

    • While the filling is cooling, make the dough. Put the sweet rice flour into a mixing bowl. 
    • Slowly add in the warm water, while stirring to form a dough. The dough can’t be too wet, or it will not hold its shape. 
    • Cover with a damp towel.


  3. Knead and divide dough balls

    • Now boil some water in a small pot, take out a small piece of the dough, about 2.5 cm in diameter. Add it to the boiling water and cook the piece of dough until it floats. 
    • Scoop it out and add it to the rest of the dough. Mix the two parts together until the dough is soft and smooth.
    • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Keep the dough and dough balls covered with a damp paper towel while assembling.


  4. Make sesame balls

    • Take out the filling after it has cooled for 30 minutes. It should be slightly hard, but still workable. Roll the filling into small marble-sized balls. 
    • Then take each dough ball and flatten into a circle about 5 cm in diameter. Add the filling to the center, and close the dough over the filling.
    • Roll the ball around in your hands until it's smooth and round. Repeat until all the sesame balls are made. Cover the remaining filling and return to the refrigerator for later!


  5. Boil rice balls

    • While you are assembling, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the sesame balls and stir immediately to prevent them from sticking. 
    • Adding the sesame balls will cool down the water temperature significantly, so once the water comes back up to a boil, add ½ cup of water to the pot. 
    • Repeat this step two more times. This cooking process will allow enough time for the sugar and butter to melt nicely into a smooth filling.


Plate and Serve!

Plate and Serve!

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Ingredients
  • Serves 4 people
  • ½ cup roasted black sesame seeds

  • ⅓ cup super fine sugar 

  • 6 tbsp softened butter 

  • 1 cup (or more for dusting) glutinous rice flour

  • ½ cup warm water

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