January 21, 2011

Sesame Balls/Jin Dui

"Jin Dui" are deep-fried balls stuffed with a sweet paste and coated with sesame seeds. It is sweet with a chewy texture. You can make it with or without the filling--it is equally enjoyable. Because of its round shape and golden color, it resembles gold coins signifying a symbol of wealth and good fortune. I'll be sure to have it this Chinese New Year in hope to increase my fortune.
3 cups glutinous rice flour
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup white raw sesame seeds
1 cup lotus seed paste or red bean
oil for deep frying
1. In a bowl, add sugar, water and stir until dissolved. Add in the flour and mix until mixture forms a ball. Dust hands with some flour and knead into a smooth dough. Roll out the dough on a flour board into a long roll and cut into 2-inches pieces. Pour sesame seeds into wide bowl and set aside another bowl of water.
2. Flatten each piece into a round and place a spoonful of fillings (red bean or lotus seed paste) into the center and gather and pinch the edges to seal completely. Roll the filled dough into smooth ball; dip lightly in water quickly and coat with the sesame seeds. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
3. Heat enough oil in a deep pan; reduce heat to medium high and fry a few dough balls until it expands and golden in color, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
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