Nerikiri (Rice Dough and Sweet Bean Paste) Nightingale

Nerikiri (Rice Dough and Sweet Bean Paste) Nightingale

Once you've made "Basic Nerikiri" (a mixture of rice dough and bean paste used to make traditional Japanese sweets), why don't you try making a nightingale, a harbinger of spring?

Ingredients: 2 birds

Basic nerikiri (Recipe ID: 336397)
15-20 g or as much as you like
Green food coloring or matcha
a small amount
Black sesame seeds
2 seeds


1. For the nerikiri, refer to Recipe ID: 336397 "Basic Nerikiri", and follow the recipe up to step 3.
2. Divide 15 to 20 g of the nerikiri into 2 portions (one portion should be smaller than the other) and color the larger portion with green food coloring. If you don't have food coloring, sift about 1/3 teaspoon of matcha and knead into the nerikiri.
3. Form the green and white nerikiri into ovals, and stick them together as shown here.
4. Roll the nerikiri in both hands. When it is round, rub the border between the two colors with your thumb to blend and blur together.
5. Form the ball into a bird shape. Pinch one end to make the beak and make small lines in the tail end with a small fork or a toothpick. Attach black sesame seeds for the eyes.

Story Behind this Recipe

There's many ways to make a nightingale out of nerikiri, but I looked at pictures of nightingales online, and I created an easy way to do it that doesn't require tools.