Sesame Seed Balls

Home made sesame seed balls with mung bean filling. I don't like eating a glob of flour, so I don't use baking powder in my recipe.

Here's how I make mine:


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (add more sugar if you like)
  • 1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup hot water

Mix all with your hand until it looks like play dough. If it's too dry, add a little more sprinkles of water. Then roll them into 1 inch balls.

  • 1/4 cup split mung beans (soak 1 hr then steam until soft)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Mash up and form into little balls.
  1. Take the dough and flatten with palm of your hand.
  2. Make indentation with your thumb.
  3. Put in the filling.
  4. Fold/wrap the dough edges around the filling and snip off extra dough.
  5. Add white sesame seeds. You can dip the balls in water and then roll them in the sesame seeds.
  6. Fry in peanut oil on medium heat. Try not to use vegetable oil because this burns too easily.
  7. When the ball starts to float, press on it lightly to release some air. This will cause the dough to expand. Keep doing this while rotating the balls in the oil. It needs to cook evenly for about 15-20 minutes. Use lots of oil becaues the balls need to be submerged.
Stuffing alternatives
  • Try mashing up oreos and adding Nutella. Then form them into little balls.
  • Try cream cheese and sugar.
  • Try red bean paste or azuki beans.
  • Try peanut butter and vanilla wafers. Form them into little balls.
  • Try Andez chocolate mints, yum.
  • Try any kind of chocolate bar

Frequently asked questions:

How do I get them hollow?
When they start to float, lightly press on them. It will cause the dough to expand.

My balls become flat after they are out of the oil. How do I keep them crispy?
This all depends at the temperature and duration of how you fry them. Keep in mind, you must fry them for at least 15-20 minutes on medium heat, preferably using peanut oil. If yours cooks too fast, the outside will be golden but the inside will not be cooked. You also must turn these balls continuously so that they cook evenly.

Do you have any recommendations for beginners? I am making them for the first time.
Try making mini sesame balls. Make them smaller and fry them so you get a feel for how it should taste. Then gradually make them bigger until you get comfortable with the technique to get them to expand.

How do I get a lot of sesame seeds on the ball?
Dip the ball into water and roll them around in a bowl of sesame seeds. Then use your hands to lightly press the seeds on so they stick.

I don't have mashed potato flakes, do I need it?
You can leave it out if you don't have it.

Some recipes use baking powder, why doesn't your recipe use it?
I'm not a big fan of biting into globs of dough. I've tried a lot of recipes that use it with rice flour but I didn't like the texture. I like mine similar to the chinese sesame balls.  If you like it chewier and thick, you can add 1/2 tsp of baking powder.


If you have any questions, leave a comment below!


your instant potato flakes are they the same ones as the one use for mash potato? if not can you show a picture of it or direct me to where i can find it.thanks and keep up the good work!!!

Yes, instant potatoes is instant mashed potatoes.

What the use of the coconut flakes?

For flavor. You don't have to use it if you don't like it.

Never made them before, but thanks for the baking powder tip.  I, too prefer them with a thin crispy layer.  Awesome!

Hope you try it!

I have tried other recipe before and sometimes when I make them they explode, do u know why? Has that ever happen to u?

Hi, this is Mai i've been looking all over how to make sesame balls and i know every one make a little different. I can never find recipe that make the sesame balls crunchy like the asian store when you buy it. For the asian store their sesame balls doesn't have much bread and it have a lot of space in the middle for the mung bean to roll around if that make sense. I want to make it like that but i can never find the recipe to make it. So, i was wondering if you can help me how to make it.    

Hi! I love your recipes for hmong food. The recipes are easy to follow. Every home cook is a great chef. Excited to see more of your new recipes!

What if I use Canola it going to be the same as vegestable oil?

Can't wait to try this recipe. This will be my first time making it and all my friends have recommended your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Annie I was wondering if you dont have rice flour can it be substitued with regular flour? and also can they be cooked another way other than frying? I made this last night for my kids and husband they loved them but i have family that cant eat anything that is fried that is why im asking.

Can I use mochiko rice flour?

If my sesame balls are too doughy, do I add in more baking powder as to what you have on your list? If you add less baking powder, that makes it more doughy?

How do you make the red beans or purple fillings???

Can i still make mini sesame balls without filings with your recipe?

Yup you can make any size

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