Our Sesame Ball ‘Jian Dui’ Family Recipe

As a child, I used to love to eat sesame balls with my family. They are a textural sensation – crispy on the outside, while also being perfectly chewy on the inside. These snacks are eaten all year round, however, they are especially common at Chinese New Year and at birthdays. When you fry the dough, the balls then begin to form and expand in size, and so the Chinese believe that if you eat the sesame balls your fortunes will also expand.

Here is our family recipe, which we made at home this weekend

Gluten Free Sesame Balls ‘Jian Dui’


  • 2 1/3 cup Glutinous Rice Flour  
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp cup Tapioca Starch or Potato Starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Rice Syrup or Coconut Sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • Sesame white - for coating (optional)
  • Coconut oil - shallow frying (or your choice of oil)


  1. Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Dissolve sugar and hot water in a jug.
  3. Pour sugar into 1 cup hot water.
  4. Add sugar water to the dry mixture, mix until it forms combines and then knead until it has a dough texture.
  5. Cover and let the dough sit for an hour.
  6. Roll into small balls (20c coin) and coated with sesame seeds.
  7. Bring coconut oil to heat in a sauce pan and once ready, put sesame balls in oil.
  8. When the balls turn golden brown, its ready to take out
  9. Let sesame balls cool for a few minutes before serving.
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