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Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste and Bananas

This delicious dessert is dredged in sesame seeds and deep-fried.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
240g glutinous rice flour
60g brown sugar dissolved in 80ml boiling water
80ml cold water
4 tbsp sweetened red bean paste
1/2 large ripe banana, cut into 12 small pieces
75g white sesame seeds (plus more if needed)
Vegetable oil (or Peanut oil), for frying

Dissolve the brown sugar in the boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved, add in the cold water to bring down the temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, add rice flour and make a well in the center. Stir the brown sugar water and stir to combine. Once combined, knead dough in the bowl for five minutes and shape into a ball. Dough should be the consistency of play dough, add more flour or water if need be to adjust consistency.

Roll the dough into a log and then divide dough into 12 even pieces. Dust hands with a little rice flour and form each piece into a ball roughly the size of a large walnut.

With the palm of your hands, flatten dough ball into a disk. Place a quarter of a teaspoon of red bean paste and a piece of banana in the center of each of the disks. Gather sides toward the center and pinch close. Gently roll in the palms of your hands to reshape into a ball. Repeat with remaining balls. Once all balls are filled and formed, roll in sesame seeds to coat thoroughly.

Heat 7.5cm of oil in a pot or wok to 180°C, or until a piece of dough browns in 15 seconds. Deep fry the sesame seed balls, a few at a time, until the sesame seeds are golden and the balls float to the surface; about three to four minutes. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Best served warm.

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