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new year rice dumplings | mon lone yae paw

By March 30, 2012 Recipes, Sweet Snacks
new year rice dumplings

mon lone yae paw
This is a sweet snack made during the water festival, Thingyan, in mid-April to mark the lunar new year. People, young and old, throw water over each other to celebrate and welcome the new year by washing away bad luck. It’s also a time when family and friends get together and the kitchen is bursting with aunties making rice dumplings and other elaborate meals.


75g glutinous rice flour
35g rice flour
¼ teaspoon salt
100ml cold water
20g palm sugar (or brown sugar)
½ fresh coconut, grated


FPut both flours and salt in a mixing bowl, then add the water and stir with a spoon until everything comes together. The mixture should feel dry but forms a ball when a handful of it is rolled in the palms. If it is too dry, add a little extra water. Next, grate or cut the palm sugar into small pieces prior to making the dumplings.

Roughly divide the mixture into 12 portions, roll each into a ball. Push with a finger to form a small hollow in the centre and put ½ teaspoon of palm sugar inside. Seal the hole by squeezing the mixture together again and rolling in the palms to reshape into a ball. Put the dumplings on a piece of cling film so they don’t stick to the work surface.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and pop half the dumplings into the boiling water and simmer for 3-5 minutes, uncovered. When the balls have floated to the top, they are cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon. Cook the remaining dumplings as before and serve them warm sprinkled with freshly grated coconut.

makes: 12 dumplings
cooking time: 10 mins


  • Hlaing says:

    hi, Cho
    I invited friends to taste my mon lone yae paw during Water Festival. All my friends enjoyed eating it, while reminiscing happy days in Burma.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • cindy says:

    This was my child-hood favourite snack when I was growing up
    in Rangoon. I am so glad to get this recipe. Thanks
    Will let you know how it turn out.

  • Debby says:

    I am a teacher and have a Burmese student in my class. We will be learning about Thingyan this Spring and serving these for snack time in class.