I’m always seeing videos of sesame balls and they alway look so good to me. So I wanted to learn how to make them.
First of all, these were sooooo easy to make.
And the taste was amazing too. They were crispy on the outside, slightly chewy and the peanut filling added great flavour and texture. I loved them.
What are sesame balls?
I’ve learnt that sesame balls are a popular sweet snack in China.
They’re made from a dough, that has been made with glutinous rice flour, which gives the sesame balls a chewy texture.
This dough is then coated in sesame seeds, which gives a slight nutty flavour. And then they are deep fried.
You end up with a snack that is super crispy and a little chewy.
And again, like I mentioned, they are so easy to make!
So the first thing we are going to make is the filling.
From what I’ve seen, typically these are either kept plain with no filling, or they are filled with red bean paste or lotus paste.
Buttttt I’ve seen some that are filled with a peanut filling.
I really like peanuts. I felt like they would give the sesame balls a nice flavour and texture. So this is what I went with.
You could fill these with whatever filling you want though. You don’t have to use the peanut filling that I made.
If you are making the peanut filling, this is what you will need for it:
- Peanuts – I used salted ones, but unsalted works too.
- Peanut butter
- Honey – to sweeten it.
All you need to do is mix these ingredients together and then roll this filling into balls.
The dough is simple to make, you only need 3 ingredients:
- Glutinous rice flour
- Granulated sugar – caster sugar works too.
- Boiling water
You just mix these together until you get a smooth dough.
Then divide this dough into pieces, fill these pieces with the filling, roll them into balls and coat with sesame seeds.
Glutinous rice flour vs regular rice flour
MAKE SURE TO USE GLUTINOUS RICE FLOUR.
You might also know this as sweet rice flour, or mochiko.
Regular rice flour will not work for this recipe.
The difference between the 2 flours is just the rice that they are made from. Glutinous rice flour is made from sticky rice, whereas regular rice flour is made from regular long grain rice.
Because glutinous rice flour is made from sticky rice, when using the flour, it gives a chewy texture to whatever you are making. Regular rice flour gives you a totally different texture and it cooks very differently.
The chewy texture is important to these sesame balls, they won’t be the same without that texture. So use the right flour.
Frying the sesame balls
We’re going to fry these in some flavourless oil. Any flavourless oil works, but I always use vegetable oil…rapeseed oil to be more specific.
Typically when frying things, you want the oil to be at around 180c.
But for sesame balls, you want to fry them slowly, at a lower temp. You want your oil to be around 160c throughout the frying process. Also make sure to fry them in batches, don’t throw them all into your oil at once.
They do take some time to fry, about 10-15 minutes. It’s important not to walk away when frying them. You want to keep moving the sesame balls around, with a slotted spoon, so that they brown evenly.
And then also at some point, the sesame balls will start floating.
When they do this, every now and then, press them down using your slotted spoon. All this does is help the sesame balls puff up.
Once they are a golden colour, take them out and repeat until you’ve fried them all.
Then you can finally enjoy them!