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How to Make Tangyuan in 10 Simple Steps

Tangyuan is a Moon Festival favourite and is an integral part of the festival. They are glutinous rice balls in sweet syrup. By the looks of it, making tangyuan might seem like an arduous task, but follow these 10 simple tips and become a pro at making them.

tang yuan - How to Make Tangyuan in 10 Simple Steps

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How to Make Tangyuan in 10 Simple Steps.

1. To make these succulent desserts you will need: some glutinous rice flour, cold water, a few drops food colouring, a small piece of ginger (cut into slices), Chinese brown sugar (to taste), a piece of tangerine peel (optional).


2. Take a mixing bowl and place the glutinous rice flour in it.


3. Add water to the  flour and knead it until the dough starts to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl.


4. You can make tangyuan in as many colours as you like. Divide the dough in as many portions as you like.


5. Add the food colour of your choice to the dough and knead until the colour spreads evenly. If you want to be creative don’t knead it thoroughly. By doing so you will attain a marble effect.


6. Divide the dough into little bite size portions. Roll these between the palms of your hands and make sure they have a soft surface without any cracks.


7. Heat some water in a large pot and bring it to boil and simultaneously take a large bowl of cold water and set it aside.


8. Drop the balls one by one into the boiling pot of water, but make sure you don’t fill the pot completely. Let the balls cook until they surface to the top of the pot. After this put the balls in the cold water to stop the cooking process.

How to Make Tangyuan in 10 Simple Steps

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9. Place some ginger, a small tangerine peel and sugar with a litre of water and cook it until the sugar has melted. Let the syrup simmer until it becomes aromatic and isn’t too runny. Do this while the balls are cooking to save time.


10. Once all your elements are ready, take a serving bowl and place a few dumplings in it and pour some syrup over them. Make sure the syrup is hot while serving.


There you have your Tangyuan. Easy isn’t it?  This dessert is easy to make and is a crowd-pleaser. Make this super easy dish with your kids during the moon festival and leave them with memories of a lifetime. Making tangyuans is a fun activity as tangyuans can be made in an array of colours, patterns and fillings.  You could also try making some Thai mango with sticky rice recipe, which is equally easy to make and is spot-on.

How to Make Tangyuan

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