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Quick & Easy Hanami Dango

Christie Lai
Hanami Dango. Subtly sweet chewy rice balls on a stick. A fun and delicious Japanese dessert that is simple to make at home!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6 skewers
Calories per serving 182 kcal



  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together glutinous rice flour, rice flour, icing sugar. Add hot boiling water and whisk together until you form a ball of dough. It may be tacky to begin with but when you knead it, it'll dry out a bit.
  • Dust a clean working surface with glutinous rice flour and knead the dough into a smooth ball. Roll it into a thick log. Divide the log into 3 equal portions. Place each portion into a bowl.
  • To the first bowl, add 1 drop of red food coloring and mix into the dough until well combined. Repeat this for the second bowl with green food coloring. Leave the third bowl as is.
  • Roll each piece of dough into a 1 inch thick log. Cut each log into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a small ball. You should have 18 balls.
  • Bring a medium size pot of water to boil and reduce to medium high heat. Give each ball a quick roll before lowering into the hot water. Stir so the balls do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Boil for 7-8 minutes until they float and until the inside is cooked. Stirring occasionally. Strain and place balls into an ice bath.
  • Once they are cool to touch, skewer 1 of each colour onto your stick starting with the green, then white and lastly pink. There should be 3 balls per stick. Enjoy at room temperature.


Store in the fridge in an airtight container and they should last 3-4 days. To make them softer again, you can re-boil them for a few minutes to enjoy.
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Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg