Chinese Sesame balls (Jian Dui)

Happy lunar new year! May this year bring happiness, good health and prosperity to you all 😍🍊🍊

Sesame Balls with sweet potato (Jian Dui)

This is a traditional and popular Chinese dessert, served during the Lunar new year. These sesame balls are crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside! Traditionally, sesame balls contain a sweet paste filling on the inside but you can use anything as per your choice. I personally haven’t used any. If you have a sweet tooth, this dessert will satisfy all your cravings. If you’re looking to serve a sweet but healthier alternative, you can serve mandarin oranges that symbolise luck and wealth in the Chinese culture.


500 gms sweet potato

200 gms Glutinous rice

4-5 tbs sugar

7-8 tbs sesame seeds

Oil for frying (600-700 ml)

2 tbs glutinous rice paste for coating


Wash and clean the sweet potatoes throughly.

Pay them dry.

Create lengthwise cuts in the sweet potatoes, before wrapping them in foil and placing them into a preheated oven. Bake at 200’C for 40-45 mins.

In the mean time, if you don’t have glutinous rice flour, grind glutinous rice in a blender to make the flour.

After sweet potatoes have cooled, mash until you get a smooth consistency. Add sugar, and gradually add the glutinous rice flour. Combine with hands to form a soft dough.

Divide the dough into 18-20 equal parts. Roll each part into a ball.

In a small bowl mix the glutinous rice flour with 1/2 cup of water. Dip each ball in the mixture thoroughly. Coat each ball with sesame seeds.

In heated oil, gently fry the rice balls being careful not to overcrowd them at once.

Once they’re golden brown, they’re ready to be served.


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