Mitarashi Kushi Dango

Mitarashi kushi dango

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
414 Calories
1g Fat
93g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 476mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mitarashi Kushi Dango is a traditional wagashi (Japanese sweet). Round dumplings are generally called dango, and kushi dango means skewered sweet dumplings. These kushi dangos are coated with a sweet soy sauce are called mitarashi. Usually, 3 to 5 dangos (traditionally 5) are used per skewer. Mitarashi Kushi Dango originated in the Kamo Mitarashi Tea House in Kyoto. This recipe is quick and easy.

This recipe uses two types of flour: Shiratamako is from sweet rice/glutinous Japanese short-grain rice, and Joshinko is from regular short-grain Japanese rice. These flours give different textures. When you make dango with the only shiratamako, the texture tends to be too soft. Therefore, Joshinko is added to make the right dango texture. Of course, you can make dango with shiratamako only. It's just personal preference.

If you like anko (sweet red bean paste), you can put your homemade ankoon on top of the dango.


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  • For the Dango:
  • 1 1/3 cup joshinko, rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cup shiratamako/mochiko, sweet rice /glutinous rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • For the Mitarashi Sauce:
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. katakuriko starch or cornstarch, mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp. of water
  • 5 bamboo skewers

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine shiratamako, joshinko, and sugar in a bowl.

  3. Gradually pour 3/4 cup hot water over the combination. Stir in hot water a little bit a time and knead slowly until the dough becomes smooth. The texture is like squeezing an "earlobe." Feel free to mix it using a spatula until combined.

  4. Knead the dough with hands until smooth.

  5. Divide the dough into small pieces and roll into small balls.

  6. Place the dumplings in a preheated steamer and steam them on high heat for about 10 minutes.

  7. Cool the dumplings and put dumplings on skewers. (3 or 4 dumplings for a skewer)

  8. To make the mitarashi sauce, mix water, sugar, and soy sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

  9. Pour the katakuriko starch mixture into the sauce, stirring well. Bring to a boil again and stop the heat.

  10. Grill the skewered dumplings until slightly grill-marked.

  11. Brush the mitarashi sauce over dumplings.

3 Ways to Store Dango

  1. After you form the round dangos, put them in a single layer in an airtight container. They can safely be frozen for up to a month. When you use them, boil the frozen dango without defrosting.
  2. After cooling down, pat the dangos dry and pack into the airtight container. Make sure they are not sticking to each other. They can be safely frozen for up to a month. When you use them, microwave them until they are at room temperature.
  3. You can save them in ice water for a few hours, or in water kept in the refrigerator.