Tangyuan – Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe

Tangyuan also known as sweet glutinous rice balls are known for their chewy texture and sweet filling, making them a popular treat for people of all ages.


  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Your choice of sweet filling (such as red bean paste, sesame paste, or sweetened ground peanuts)
  • Optional: food coloring (for colorful Tangyuan)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour and water. Mix well until a smooth dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water, one teaspoon at a time, until the dough comes together.
  2. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a ball.
  3. Flatten each dough ball with your palm to create a small disk.
  4. Place a small amount of your chosen sweet filling in the center of each disk.
  5. Carefully pinch the edges of the dough together to seal the filling inside, then roll it back into a smooth ball shape.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling.
  7. Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium heat.
  8. Gently drop the Tangyuan into the boiling water and cook until they float to the surface, about 5-7 minutes.
  9. Once the Tangyuan are floating, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, then remove them from the water using a slotted spoon.
  10. Serve the Tangyuan hot in a bowl with some of the cooking water, or allow them to cool slightly before serving.
  11. Enjoy the warm, chewy goodness of Tangyuan as a delicious street food-inspired dessert!

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