5 from 3 votes
Sesame Balls-Jian Dui
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Famous dim sum fried sesame balls made with glutinous rice flour and filled with red bean paste; Also known as Jian Dui in Chinese.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, dim sum
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Jian Dui, Sesame
Servings: 20 Making around 20 fried sesame balls
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1.5 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 80 g sugar , about 1/3 cup+ 2 tbsp.
  • 100 ml water or 10ml more for adjusting , include the water for small dough, around 1/3 cup+ 1 tbsp.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder , optional
  • 1 cup roasted white sesame seeds , homemade instructions here
  • red bean paste , or other filling as needed
  • water for dipping
  • more glutinous rice flour for dusting
  • oil for frying
Prepare the small dough
  1. In a small bowl, take around 2 tablespoon of glutinous rice flour out and mix with around 10ml water. Knead to until smooth.
  2. Bring some water to boil and then cook the small dough for around 2 to 3 minutes. Prepare a bowl with cold water on the side. Then the small dough is ready, transfer out and soak with cold water to cool down.
Prepare the main dough
  1. In a large bowl, mix the left flour with sugar and baking powder. And then add the small dough in. Break with hand and slowly stir in water. Continue kneading until smooth dough.
  2. Further shape the dough into long log and then divide into 20 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball.
Assemble the sesame balls
  1. Shape the small glutinous rice balls into a bowl and then wrap around 1 teaspoon red bean paste in. Seal completely and shape into a around ball again.
  2. Prepare two bowls: one with clean water and the other with sesame. Take one ball with one hand, quick dip with water and then roll the ball in sesame bowl with another hand. This is a personal tip to make the process easier. Press the balls several times so the sesame seeds can sticky to the surface. Repeat to finish all the sesame balls.
Frying the balls
  1. Heat enough oil (at lest cover the balls) until 120 degree C (or you can test the temperature with a smaller ball). Carefully add the sesame balls, slow your fire immediately and slowly deep-fry the balls until slightly golden brown. Turn off fire; transfer out and absorb extra oil with paper. Cool down for several minutes and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

For larger batches, re-frying before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Balls-Jian Dui
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 7.9%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.