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Vegan Japanese Imo Dessert: Satoimo Dango No Mitarashi An/Taro Root Balls in Sweet Sauce

Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan is celebrated for its many varieties of Imo/芋/Taro roots from sato Imo/里芋 to
Ebi Imo/海老芋!
It is only natural that we can come up with some succulent desserts to please any priority!

Satoimo Dango No Mitarashi An/Taro Root Balls in Sweet Sauce

INGREDIENTS: For about 15 balls

Sato Imo/里芋/Taro roots: 300 g (frozen: you can get them all year. In season choose them fresh and cook them!)
Rice powder: 60 g
White sugar: 2 tablespoons

For the sweet sauce/Mitarashi An
Soy sauce: 3 tablespoons
Sugar: 4 tablespoons
Water: 4 tablespoons
Cornstarch: as appropriate dissolved in lukewarm water
Ground black sesame seeds: 1 teaspoon


Thaw the frozen sato imo. Put them inside an oven dish, cover with cellophane paper and cook in microwave oven for 5~6 minutes until they get soft.
For fresh sato imo, boil them first and peel them off (you can also team them)
Mash them finely.

Add one third of rice powder to mashed sato imo and mix well, kneading all the time. Cover with cellophane paper and cook inside microwave oven for 2 minutes and a half. Repeat process twice more.

Make sure that all rice powder has been used. Add sugar and mix well. Cover again with cellophane paper and cook inside microwave oven for 3 more minutes.
Let cool down completely.

Prepare some sweet water with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Make balls with mashed sato imo, wetting your palms with the sweet water beforeahnd.

In a frypan with only a little oil fry balls on both sides util they attain a light brown color. Let cool down completely.

In a saucepan pour the soy sauce, water and sugar. heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Add cornstarch dissolevd in lukewarm water and stir until the sauce has become a thick syrup. Take off fire. Add ground black sesame seeds and mix.
Let cool down completely.

Serve the dango/balls topped wipped with sweet sauce.

The kids will love them!


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