Glutinous Coconut Balls (Thai Kanom Tom)


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(8 Ratings)

Preparation time
15 mins

Cooking time
15 mins

Approx. 24 balls

This is an easy, enjoyable sweet treat that’s both delicious and pretty. You can make it in a variety of colors and serve it as a nice ending to a meal, or by itself as a snack in the afternoon. This dessert goes well with hot or iced tea.

Glutinous Coconut Balls (Thai Kanom Tom), 4.0 out of 5 based on 8 ratings


  • 16 oz glutinous rice flour
  • 2-4 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 1-2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt (optional)


1.  In a large bowl, combine rice flour with 2 cups cold water. Knead mixture into dough. If the dough has too much flour, keep adding small amounts of water and continue to knead. The dough should be pliable, soft and somewhat sticky. If the dough is watery or too sticky, add more flour. (Optional: To make colorful balls, add a few drops of food coloring to dough.)

2.  Divide dough to form small balls, roughly 2-3 inches each.

3.  This dessert can be made with fillings or you can leave it unfilled. I like to add peanut butter or toasted coconut flakes. To toast coconut flakes, add a pinch of salt to sweetened coconut flakes and toast over low heat.

4.   Bring a pot of water to boil. Drop in the pre-formed balls (about 5-10 at a time) and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from boiling water, and roll the balls in coconut flakes. This snack is usually served cooled. Enjoy!

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