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Sesame Balls (Jin Deui)

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Skill level

More effort

Servings

15 balls

Sesame balls, also known as "jin deui" or "jian dui", are traditional sweet desserts that are highly popular in China. When it is deep fried, the air puffs up and expands the ball to create a chewy but soft texture. The most common filling is red bean paste, however this can be replaced with lotus paste, peanut or mung bean paste.

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Ingredients

  • 450g glutinous rice flour
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 1 small bowl of hot water
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • Red bean paste, rolled into 15 balls (about the size of a chestnut)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Oil (For frying)

Method

  1. Pour the bowl of hot water into a pot and add the sugar, stirring continuously until dissolved. Add 2 tbsp of cold water and set aside.

  2. Check that the water is at a lukewarm temperature. If it is too hot it will result in cooking the dough. In a large mixing bowl, slowly add the water in small increments to the glutinous rice flour whilst kneading with your hands.

  3. Knead until the dough is shiny and smooth. Based on the dough dryness you may not need all of the water, but if the dough is dry and crumbly, add a bit of water in small increments at a time.

  4. Wrap the dough in cling film to prevent it from drying out and set aside. Roll the red bean paste into 15 balls (about the size of a chestnut) and place on a plate. Separate the dough into 15 equal balls and cover with cling film.

  5. Using your palms, flatten the dough balls once or twice (approx 5cm in diameter). Do not flatten it too much as this would create an uneven texture. Place the red bean paste balls onto the dough and gently wrap each one using your fingertips until the filling is fully covered. Roll and shape into a ball.

  6. Roll the balls into a plate of sesame seeds until it has been fully coated. Pour a large amount of oil into a large deep frying pan (enough to cover a whole sesame ball), and set the flame on high until the oil heats up. To check that it is hot enough, throw a few sesame seeds into the oil. If it floats and bubbles start to form around it, the oil is ready. Turn the flame to a medium-low heat.

  7. Fry the sesame balls in small batches at a time (around 5). Using a wire skimmer, gently push the sesame balls around so that they do not stick to each other or to the bottom. When it begins to float, press down around each ball. This will produce more air into the sesame ball which will help it to expand. The more you press down around the ball, the bigger it will be.

  8. When the sesame balls have become large and a golden colour, take them out and place on oil-absorbent paper. Whilst they are cooling, gently push and roll them around a few times to prevent it from deflating when it is fully cooled. You may need to adjust the flame to a low heat when frying the other batches as they will burn quickly if the oil is too hot.

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