Japanese Sweet Rice Balls (Hanami Dango)

Hanami Dango are a sweet dessert made from three ingredients – tofu, sticky rice flour, and sugar. They are colored and served on wood skewers. They are loved by kids and often found at festivals and street fairs.

Japanese Mitarashi Dango

Hanami Dango- Japanese Colored Sweet Rice Balls

These tasty treats are simple to make and are even easier to eat.
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Course: Dessert, Hand Food, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 15
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Kitchen scale
  • Large pot


  • 100 g Silken tofu (3.5 ounces)
  • 90 g Glutinous rice flour (2¼ cup)
  • 50 g White sugar (¾ cup)


  • ¾ tsp Strawberry powder or a drop of pink food coloring
  • ¾ tsp Matcha powder or a drop of green food coloring


  • Weigh the flour, tofu, and sugar. Add all three into a large bowl. Combine with your hands and then knead in the bowl until a dough forms.
  • Divide dough into 3 equal parts. On the counter, add green coloring to 1 part and knead it in. Do the same with the pink coloring in the second part. Leave the third white.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Divide each dough into 5-6 balls weighing 14-15 grams each or 10-12 grams each for smaller.
  • Add dango balls to the boiling water. Transfer to a bowl of ice water with a slotted spoon as soon as they rise to the top.
  • Add one green dango ball onto a skewer. Follow with one white ball and finish with a pink dango ball. Repeat for others. You should end up with 5-6 skewers. Serve or refrigerate to have later.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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