Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Easy Dango Recipe

Hello! ♡
I promised a recipe, so here we are! Why is it a dango recipe? Well, this is to do with a Japanese tradition called Tsukimi- let me tell you a little bit about it. "Tsuki" means moon, and "mi" means to see. So, the word Tsukimi means moon viewing. This takes place when the Harvest Moon appears (in September or October) and is very popular in Japan- often, festivals are held to honour the beauty of the moon! It is said that at this time of year, the moon is at its brightest and most beautiful. Tsukimi customs include displaying Pampas grass, which is at its tallest during Autumn, or a variety of autumn flowers in a vase. So, what has dango got to do with it? Tsukimi dango is a traditional food commonly enjoyed during Tsukimi! Its appearance also resembles the moon in a way. This type of dango is eaten plain, and is not served skewered- it is arranged on a tray in a shape similar to a pyramid! They are often also put on an altar, representing an offering to the moon.

This year, the Harvest Moon will appear this Friday- 16th of September. Since Tsukimi falls in September or October, the evenings are quite pleasant- ideal for admiring the moon's beauty! Now is the perfect time to post a recipe for Tsukimi dango, so you too can enjoy it. It's a very easy recipe, with delicious results, so... let's begin!

Ingredients

  • 100g mochiko or shiratamako*
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons of sugar**
  • 60ml water***
* Mochiko and shiratamako are types of Japanese glutinous rice flour, used for making mochi. They can be found online and at many Asian grocery stores.
** This amount is a suggestion- feel free to adjust to taste! Please note that honey will not work as a substitute for sugar in making dango.
*** This is the approximate amount of water used, but it will probably vary as water is added gradually in the recipe.

Method
  1. In a large bowl, combine mochiko/shiratamako with sugar. 
  2. Add a teaspoon of water, and begin mixing.
  3. Add another teaspoon of water, and mix.
  4. Continue adding water gradually, and mix until the mixture has a consistency of an ear lobe. This is used to describe the perfect texture of dango dough! Make sure there isn't too much water, as the dango dough won't keep the ball shape well, or not enough water, as the mixture will crumble, making it very difficult to shape.
  5. Use the dough to pick up any loose pieces in the bowl until you have a large ball of dough.
  6. Roll out the dough in a log and cut it into similarly-sized small pieces- around 10.
  7. Roll each piece into a ball.
  8. Boil some water over the stove in a pot, then add the balls in. 
  9. When they start to float, boil them for another minute or so.
  10. Carefully put the dango into a bowl of cold water.
  11. Now, take them out and arrange them! Enjoy!
Making dango is very easy, so I hope that you can try out this recipe! I adore the texture of dango, making it one of my favourite foods. Before I close off, here are my questions to you: have you ever tried dango? If so, do you like it? What's your favourite type? If you haven't tried it, would you like to? Let me know in the comments!

 Have a lovely day!
 ~LilacBlossom

4 comments:

  1. omg! I've always wanted to make dangos, next time I go to an asian grocery store I will get everything I need, I never knew it was so easy and yours look perfect!C: by the way how would you color or flavor them?

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    1. Hi! Thank you for commenting! <3
      Yes, they are very easy to make! I was really surprised too when I learnt how to make them ^^ To add colour or flavour, you just add colouring/flavouring agents to the mixture before adding water and mixing. I know that matcha powder works as both colouring and flavouring as I tried it, a few drops of food colouring work for colour, and as for flavour- I haven't tried anything beyond matcha powder, but I heard that a few drops of essence/flavouring such as vanilla will work. Good luck! :D

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  2. It looks so yummy ~ Thank you for sharing the recipe! ❤️
    I'm a new reader here, maybe we can follow each other? >.<
    My blog: http://aimikyoto.blogspot.sg

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    1. Hi! Thank You very much! ^^ I will definitely check out and follow your blog, thank you for the link! Welcome to Lilac's Journal :)

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