Jun 21

How To Make Nerikiri

Small Bite Desserts:Β In honor of our 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake…or another small bite dessert that fits your fancy. Show us your healthy small bite dessert creation.

I can’t believe the Recipe ReDux is turning 6! I’ve been a part of this group for about 2/3 of that–my first post was with these vegan Walnut Oat Patties! :]

When I was last back in California (April), I got together with my best friend for our annual cooking adventures! We made this Winter Citrus and Squash Salad, along with Roasted Baby Carrots…and also a super cute/fun dessert! I’m going to be going over how to make nerikiri today! :]

Nerikiri is a form of wagashi (a traditional Japanese sweet) and is basically made of white bean paste, sugar, sweet rice flour and water.

The fun part for this dessert is the fact that the consistency is rather similar to clay or playdough, so you can mold it into all sorts of fun shapes!

For instance, our pineapple and a couple really plump birds here:

How To Make Nerikiri | @fairyburger

Another cool thing about this dessert is the fact that you can make em’ colorful and get even more creative! It’d be a fun cooking activity to get into if you have kids (or if you’re a child at heart)!

We didn’t get too fancy this time around since it was our first time making it and we wanted to just use ingredients that we already had hanging out at my friend’s apartment. You can use food coloring if you choose, orrrr you can get creative with random ingredients like we did!

  • Black: black cocoa powder
  • Brown: cocoa powder
  • Green: matcha
  • Yellow: turmeric
  • Greyish-purple: azuki/red bean paste

How To Make Nerikiri

How To Make Nerikiri | @fairyburger

How To Make Nerikiri

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Nerikiri is a type of wagashi (Japanese traditional sweet) that makes for a fun and creative dessert!

You'll Need...

  • (Shiro-an/sweet white bean paste)
  • 1 cup (200g) white kidney beans
  • ~3/4 cup (160g) granulated sugar
  • (Nerikiri)
  • 1 cup (200g) Shiro-an (sweet white bean paste)
  • ~1 tbsp + 1 tsp (10g) shiratamako (sweet rice flour)
  • ~1 1/2 tbsp water


  1. (For Shiro-an - sweet white bean paste) Wash white beans with water and let soak in water overnight. (The beans will triple in size!)
  2. Add beans and enough water to cover them in a saucepan and boil over high heat. After the water comes to a boil, cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  3. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan for 5 min.
  4. Remove into a strainer, shell the beans and then soak again in fresh water.
  5. Add beans and enough water to cover into the saucepan again and bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil, remove the bean residue from the water.
  6. Decrease the heat and boil for 120 minutes.
  7. Pass beans through a strainer and wash with water. Repeat this 3 times.
  8. Pass the beans through a bleached cotton cloth and wring thoroughly.
  9. Put the beans into a saucepan and add 160g sugar. Mix until well combined, then knead on medium heat with a wooden spatula for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Let cool on a tray.
  11. (For Nerikiri) Add water to sweet rice flour little by little, mixing well with your hands.
  12. Add this mixture to the white bean paste and knead on medium heat with a wooden spatula.
  13. Turn off the heat and spread a thin layer of nerikiri into the saucepan to let it dry.
  14. Transfer into different bowls for coloring!

Additional Notes

The dough will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or ~1 month if frozen!

How To Make Nerikiri | @fairyburger

I wish we’d had berries or beets or something to make reddish/pinkish colors since that would’ve opened up a whole ‘nother realm of creations, but perhaps next time!

How To Make Nerikiri | @fairyburger

Yay for pandas and avocados? πŸ˜€

how to make nerikiri

Or you can make cartoonish poops ice creams.

  • What shapes/characters would you make with this?!
  • What’s your favorite mini-dessert to enjoy? :]
  • If you cook, what’s one of your earliest recipe creations?


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  1. Denise

    These are so cute! And they look pretty easy to make!

    1. Farrah

      Thankfully, they’re not too complicated! I wanna try experimenting with more colors next time! :]!

  2. Diana

    these are adorable!! Especially the poops πŸ™‚ I love sweet bean paste!!!

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I’m glad you think so! They were fun to make! πŸ˜›

  3. Debrashoppeno5

    I love these, how cute. πŸ™‚

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]!

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    O my gosh, ahah! These are so cute!!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thank you! They were a lot of fun to make! πŸ˜›

  5. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating

    Ohmygoodness food that is almost too cute to eat! I love it. I had no idea that these little Japanese treats were made from a bean paste with white kidney beans being the primary ingredient.

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I actually did have some trouble eating some of these because they were too cute (sigh), so I gave them to my family instead! πŸ˜› I’m gonna have to try making em’ again sometime with more colors! πŸ˜€

  6. Deanna

    These are so stinking cute! My daughter would love to do this – would be a great activity for the kiddos πŸ™‚ The avocado is awesome!

    1. Farrah

      I definitely think they’d have a lot of fun with this! :] Hope you all enjoy! πŸ˜€

  7. Hannah

    These are so cute! …maybe not so much the poops, but those are pretty funny.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, the colors we had the most of were brown and green, so we couldn’t resist! πŸ˜›

  8. gretchen | kumquat

    i’m so super fascinated!! can you make the sweet bean paste from canned beans?
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    1. Farrah

      I’ve only made these once so I’m not entirely sure if canned beans would work, but I likeee to think that if they get drained well and then boiled down and strained, it should work(?). (If you try it with canned beans, please let me know! πŸ˜› )

  9. T

    This is super cool. I definitely want to try it. Indian sweets are modeled the same way (except of course the “clay” is made with different ingredients).

    1. Farrah

      Maybe we can set aside a time sometime this summer to make this along with other stuffs! :D?! (I still can’t find my waffle maker! :'( It’s not chillin’ in my crockpot. I’ll have to keep digging!)

  10. Jasmine

    Hi Farrah!

    Finally got around to subscribing to your blog! Looks like a lot of loving was put into this…it’s not easy! Your page looks so well done and like a lot of time was put into it πŸ™‚ Keep it up super Dr. Fong! And these nerikiri super cute too! πŸ™‚

    <3 Jasmine

    1. Farrah

      Yay! Thanks so much, Jasmine! This kinda started off as an online diary of sorts for me and then turned into what it is today! πŸ˜›

      I lovelovelove the photos in your blog! (You’re seriously making me wanna travel though. *-*) Maybe I’ll do locum tenens for a while just to have an excuse to explore the U.S.! πŸ˜›

  11. Sara

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! Love them!

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! They were a lot of fun to make!

  12. Karine

    Hi, I’m Karine from Tropical Colours, I found your blog from Tamara’s post!
    These are way too cute!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much for stopping by! <3!! I'm glad you like em'!

  13. Colleen

    Soooo adorable, and such a great way to involve the kids! πŸ™‚

    1. Farrah

      I definitely think they’d have lots of fun with these! :]!

  14. Emily

    They’re so cute. My sister loves artsy desserts like this. It’s almost like a craft too.
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    1. Farrah

      It really is! I like looking at all the fancy creations people have done online! πŸ˜›

  15. Marisa

    These are so adorable! I never would have guessed they use bean paste!

    1. Farrah

      They’re definitely deceiving in that regard! ;P

  16. Mona

    So cute and creative. Wish I was a better sculptor but I will try my hand at these anyway.

    1. Farrah

      I’m not the best sculptor either but it’s a really fun activity either way! You can always eat the ones that don’t turn out the way you’d like em’ to! ;P No more evidence!

  17. Monika

    These little cakes look super cute:) #RecipeRedux

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Monika! :]

  18. Karman | The Nutrition Adventure

    I love that you used natural dyes for the colors! Adorable!

    1. Farrah

      They were a lot of fun to make! :D!

  19. Corina

    I’ve never come across this before but it would be such fun to play with with the kids and make things.

    1. Farrah

      This is definitely a super kid-friendly dessert! :]!

  20. Kristy from Southern In Law

    oh my goodness these are SO cute!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thanks, Kristy! :]!
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  21. Liz

    What a great fun recipe!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Liz! :]!

  22. Courtney

    Well, that is just super cute! I bet this would be a fun activity for kids, too. πŸ™‚

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :] And yes, it definitely would be!!
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