Sweet Rice Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian

I enjoy making homemade sweet rice balls and I've detailed my process here so you can make your own, too.


  • sweet glutinous rice flour
  • water
  • food coloring or matcha green tea powder (optional)


  1. 1Mix glutinous rice flour with water.  For each 1/3 cup of flour, add about 2 tablespoons and one teaspoon of water.  Mix together.  The dough should be sticky and wet.  You should be able to form balls in your palm easily and have them not stick to your hand.  If the dough is too dry, add some more water.  If it's too sticky, add some more flour to adjust.

  2. If you wish to color your balls, add food coloring after mixing.  Very little coloring is needed.  Add about one to two drops of red to create a pink color for 2/3 cup of flour.  To create matcha sweet rice balls, add approximately 1 tsp of matcha powder for every 2/3 cup of flour.

  3. 2/3 cup of flour makes about 10-15 balls, depending on the size you make them.  Traditionally, they are fairly small.  I usually make mine to be about 1/3 - 1/2 inch in diameter.

  4. To cook, boil a pot of water.  Add sugar to the water if desired.  Usually, for a small pot of water, I will add about 1/4 cup of sugar.  Put the balls in after the water is boiling.  This prevents the balls from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  The balls do not need long to cook.  Once they float to the top, they are done.  Turn off boiling water and remove balls from the water.

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