Sweet rice balls

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Appears in
Taste of Korea

By Young Jin Song

Published 2011

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For kyungdan, fluffy rice balls are filled with a delicious sweet bean paste to create a light, succulent dessert. The sweets are coated with red dates, chestnuts and sesame seeds, which give them an unusual texture. The fruit and nuts contrast wonderfully with the meltingly tender rice.


  • 375 g/13 oz/2 cups red kidney beans, soaked overnight
  • 200


  1. Place the beans in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil fast for 20 minutes, then drain and leave to cool. Roll them between the palms of your hands to remove the skins. Purée the peeled beans and sugar to a fine paste. Simmer the purée in a pan until the paste resembles a custard consistency.
  2. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan. Place th