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delicious ube buchi in a wooden bowl
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Ube Buchi

Sweet and delicious sesame balls with ube (purple yam) filling that are super easy to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 28 pieces


  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 ¼ cups sesame seeds
  • ½ cup ube halaya
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, add water, sugar and bring the mixture to a boil allowing the sugar to dissolve, then turn off the heat.
  • In a bowl, add glutinous rice flour and create a well in the center and slowly add half of the hot water-sugar mixture.
  • Stir to combine until you reach the consistency of wet but not overly sticky. rest for 15 minutes.
  • Scoop out 1-ounce of dough and form it into a ball.
  • Continue rolling until the ball is smooth without cracks.
  • Place in a rack and cover with a cling film.
  • Using your thumb, make an indention at the center of the dough and scoop out a quarter teaspoon of ube halaya and place it at the center of the dough.  Then gather the edges of the dough around the filling and pinch to seal.
  • Roll the dough repeatedly until a smooth ball forms with no opening.
  • Place sesame seeds on a plate.
  • Gently dip the balls into a bowl of water, then roll the moist dough balls in the sesame seeds.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough and fillings.
  • In a pot, heat the oil until it reaches 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fry the dough balls until golden brown for 5-7 minutes.
  • Move the Buchi from time to time to prevent overcooking.
  • Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool and drain excess oil.
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