Thursday, January 10, 2013

How to Make Dango (Japanese Sweet Dumplings: Mitarashi and Anko Red Bean Paste) - Video Recipe

Dango is Japanese sweet dumplings.

Three or four Dango are often served on a skewer, which we call Kushi Dango (串だんご).

In this video, I will show you how to make Mitarashi Dango / みたらし団子 (Dango with sweet and savory soy sauce) and An Dango /あん団子 (Dango with red bean paste).

In this video, I will show you how to make Mitarashi Dango / みたらし団子 (Dango with sweet and savory soy sauce) and An Dango /あん団子 (Dango with red bean paste).

I hope you like them =)


How to Make Dango (Japanese Sweet Dumplings)

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 4 (12 Dango)

100g (3.5oz.) Shiratamako (lumpy glutinous rice flour)
150g (5.3oz.) Kinugoshi-dofu (silken Tofu)
1 tsp. sugar
((Mitarashi Sauce - sweet and savory soy sauce))
50ml water
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tbsp. Katakuriko (potato starch)
((Anko - red bean paste))
Tsubu-an (sweet Azuki red bean paste with skins)

1. Put Shiratamako, sugar and lightly drained Kinugoshi-dofu in a bowl and knead the dough with your hand until smooth. Adjust the texture by adding more Shiratamako or water until the dough turns as soft as your earlobe.
2. Divide the dough into 12 small pieces and roll into small balls.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently drop the Dango in the boiling water. After a few minutes, Dango will float to the surface. Boil for another 1-2 minutes. Then remove from the boiling water and transfer into cold water. After a minute, drain well.
4. Put 3 Dango on bamboo skewers. Pan fry the Dango on a teflon pan (or a lightly oiled pan) until sides are nice and brown.
((Mitarashi Sauce - sweet and savory sauce))
1. Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Put on low heat, stir constantly, and cook until sauce thickens.
2. Place Dango on a plate and coat with the sauce.
((Anko - red bean paste))
1. Put Anko on top of Dango if you like.

Best eaten while they are still warm :)


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  2. One time I ate dango in Tokyo by the Asakusa temple and it wasn't very good and now I'm scared to eat dango again but the one you made looks delicious!

  3. can we use butter instead of the tofu ? and jam instead of the sauce ?

  4. hi lino,

    no butter but you can use water instead of tofu.
    jam is okay for the sauce.

  5. I have seen dongos in different colors how can you do that?

    1. Simply add food colouring to the dough :-)


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