Today, I’d like to share with you how to make Mitarashi Dango from Demon Slayer.
What is Mitarashi Dango
Mitarashi dango is a Japanese traditional sweets made of bite-sized glutinous rice dumplings stuck on skewers and covered with sweet soy glaze. Typically, there are three to five dumplings on a skewer.
Types of Rice Flour for Mitarashi Dango
You can make it with the glutinous rice flour / sweet rice flour in my recipe, or any other flour called Joshin-ko – a flour made from Japanese short-grain rice or Mochi-ko. I recommend making it with glutinous rice flour (shiratamako – 白玉粉) because it is more commonly available overseas and is easier to make. It can be purchased at Japanese food supermarkets and Asian supermarkets. You can also buy it on Amazon.com.
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How to Make Mitarashi-Dango from Demon Slayer
Dango (Rice Dumplings)
- 130 g shiratamako (glutinous rice flour / sweet rice flour)
- 130 g silken tofu
- 1 tbsp water if needed
Sweet Soy Glaze
- 180 ml water
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp potato starch / corn starch
To Make Shiratama Dango (Rice Dumplings)
- Mix the shiratamako(glutinous rice flour / sweet rice flour) and silken tofu in a bowl with your hands or a rubber spatula.
- If it doesn't stick together well, add 1/2 – 1 tbsp of water and mix again. Form into a ball.
- A tactile sensation like touching an earlobe (this is how we describe softness in Japanese)
- Cut into bite-sized pieces, about 13g (0.46oz).
- Shape into a small ball in your palm.
- Put the dumplings into the boiling water. Stir gently as they tend to stick to the bottom.
- Cook over medium heat and wait until all the balls float to the surface. Then, boil for 1 more minute.
- Place them in cold water to remove heat (you may need to change the water several times or place in ice water).
- Skewer 3-5 balls into a bamboo skewer and set aside.
To Make Sweet Soy Glaze
- Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan without turning on the heat.
- Potato starch and cornstarch will form lumps when heated, so mix everything well first. Then, turn on the heat and continue mixing with a wooden spatula.
- When the sauce becomes thick, remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Pour the sweet soy glaze on top.
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