Tofu Shiratama Dango recipe

Japanese dumplings – vegan and gluten free!

Dango- the Japanese mochi like dumplings that you can enjoy both sweet and savoury. Great thing is they are gluten and dairy free.

You need only two ingredients for this recipe and it’s so easy to make. Traditionally, we make dumplings without tofu; however, tofu makes these dumplings more nutritious and moist for longer. Use this basic recipe then serve with whatever flavour topping you desire.



  • 300g (10.1/2oz) silken tofu
  • 230g (8oz) glutinous rice flour*


1. In a medium bowl, mix together tofu and rice flour; knead until the mixture combines together to resemble dough. Form the tofu mixture into approximately 40 evenly sized balls.

2. Carefully add the balls to a large saucepan of boiling water. To produce a perfect texture, cook for a further 2 minutes after all the dumplings have risen to the surface.

3. In a colander, cool the dumplings under cold running water, gently rotating the balls from time to time to prevent them from sticking to one another. Drain well.

4. Serve the dumplings with one or several of the following sweet or savoury variations.

Tip: The quantities specified in each of the variations, with the exception of Isobe Yaki, are sufficient for 20 dumplings (or to serve 4–5 people). Adjust the quantities where necessary to match the number of variations and dumplings being served.

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