Okara Karintou


Okara Karintou

  Traditionally a deep-fried Japanese sweet, this is an oven-baked version that adds okara for

  additional fibre and nutritional value


  • 4 tablespoons black sesame, roughly bruised
  • 200g (7oz) okara
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 200g (7oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Coating sugar

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (rapadura or panela*)
  • 4 tablespoons water


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C(350°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Bruise the black sesame with a knife or pestle and mortar.

3. Heat okara in a frying pan and cook over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes, to slightly

reduce the amount of water. Allow it to cool down.

4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs a little then add okara, flour, baking powder and black


5. Use a wooden spoon to stir until combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together

in the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. You may need to add 1 teaspoon water if

the dough is dry.

6. Place the dough in a plastic sandwich bag and roll it out to about 5mm thick.

7. Cut the edge of the bag to open.

8. Cut into 5mm (.in)  strips and arrange on a lined tray.

9. Bake them for 20 minutes or until crispy.

10. To prepare the coating sugar, heat brown sugar and water in a frying pan and bring to the

boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened.

11. Add the sticks and mix well to make sure they are well-coated with sugar. Transfer to a

lined baking tray to set.

 Vegan option: Use 2 teaspoons of egg replacer and 4 tablespoons of water in a bowl instead of egg and whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients to combine.

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