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Sesame balls on a wire rack

Sesame Balls With Plum Filling

A delicious sweet and savory sesame ball recipe, perfect for an appetizer or dessert
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 443 kcal


The Starter Dough

  • 2 tbsp glutinous rice flour
  • 1 tbsp water

The Filling

  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

The Rest of The Dough

  • 7 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • cup glutinous rice flour
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds


The Starter Dough

  • Combine flour and water into a ball. Boil a pot of water and add the ball to the pot. Boil for 3 minutes, then take ball out and put into an ice bath for 3 minutes.

The Filling

  • Add prunes to a large bowl and cover with hot water, let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Drain water from prunes. Add sugar and lemon juice. Blend mixture into a paste, or mash if you don't have a blender.

The Rest of The Dough

  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and water in a large mixing bowl. Break up the starter dough from earlier and add as well. Knead this mixture until it is thoroughly combined and no longer sticky.
  • Roll dough a snake and cut into 1 inch sections. Roll each into a ball, then flatten it. Put a slight indent in the middle with your thumb. Add a spoonful of the plum filling. Pinch the dough around it and seal at the top. Smooth out any lumps by gently rolling in your hands. Repeat for each section of dough.
  • Dip each ball into a bowl of water, then roll the ball in the sesame seeds until thoroughly coated.
  • Heat up a pot of canola oil to 350 F. Drop the balls in and fry for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Take the balls out and cool on a drying rack before eating.



Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 441mgFiber: 4gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chinese food, plums, sesame, sesame balls
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