I’m happy to introduce my delicious sweet manju pastry recipe to you today.

I researched the origin of this pastry on the internet, some bloggers and Wikipedia say the idea of this pastry originated a long ways back in China, as Chinese dumplings are made with fillings and dough skin. When these dumplings were introduced to Japan, the Japanese modified the dumplings and made them into pastries by adding fillings made with sweet beans. They called this manju.

Eventually manju came to Korea, which is where I learned it. I’m not sure if the taste of my manju is different from the original Japanese manju because I’ve never tasted Japanese manju. If you know more about the history and tastes of different manju, please let us know about it in the comments.

Where did I get this recipe?

I was very excited the first time I had this homemade manju visiting my friend Jeongjin’s house in Korea. Jeongjin would make so many delicious dishes and I loved whatever she made. She was generous about sharing her recipes with me and my other friends. It was a big revelation for me to see that we could make such delicious sweet pastries at home and not have to buy them at a bakery. As soon as I tasted these, I knew I had to make them. This is Jeongjin’s recipe.

She and I lost touch years ago. I’m wondering if she still keeps cooking these days. Whenever we met each other, we talked about new delicious dishes and recipes and learned from each other.

If you feel your heart beating quickly when you see this video recipe today, you’ll know how I felt the first time I saw them being made!

Ingredients (for 8 manju)

1 cup lima beans, ½ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¾ cup flour plus ½ cup extra flour, 2 eggs, ¼ cup sesame seeds, ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.


Make sweet filling:

  1. Soak 1 cup of lima beans in cold water overnight (for about 10-12 hours).
  2. Pop the beans out of the skins with your fingers.
  3. Place the beans in a heavy bottomed pot with 1¼ cup of water and cook over medium high heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to very low and  simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the beans are soft and fluffy.
  5. Mash the beans with a wooden spoon until they have the consistency and look of mashed potatoes.
    *tip: If you need to make a large quantity, using a food processor will be faster
  6. Add sugar, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Turn up the heat to medium high heat and stir  for about 2 to 3 minutes with a wooden spoon to thicken the filling.
  7. Turn the heat off and cool down.

Make dough:

  1. Combine ¾ cup flour, 1 egg, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Make 8 manju:

  1. Divide the dough and the filling into 8 same-sized balls on a floured cutting board.
  2. Flatten out each dough ball by pressing it down with the palm of your hand.
  3. Place a filling ball into the center of a flattened dough. Wrap the dough around the filling.
  4. Seal the edges of the wrapped dough and form into the shape of an egg. To make chestnut shaped manju, first make a ball and then gently pinch a point at one end. Leave the other end rounded.
  5. Dip top of a manju into cold water, and then dip into sesame seeds so the seeds stick to side. Repeat it with the rest of the manju, water, and sesame seeds. For chestnut shaped manju, dip the top into water, and then dip the top into seeds.
  6. Brush the egg yolk over the manju. For chestnut shaped manju, brush egg yolk below the part where sesame seeds are on so that the color will change into brown when it’s baked.
  7. Repeat for each manju, and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper, with the sealed part of the manju on the bottom.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the pan on the middle rack and bake for about 20 minutes.
  9. If you make chestnut shaped manju, bake them a little longer for a deep, rich color.
  10. Serve as a dessert or snack.

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  1. Vey Indonesia joined 6/17 & has 12 comments

    it’s not easy to find the nut here so i change the filling with banana filling n aloe vera filling. thanx for recipe..

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  2. TolkienPotter Minneapolis, Minnesota joined 11/16 & has 1 comment

    Hi, Maangchi,
    I am making manju for a fundraiser and I was wondering if I could make them a few days in advance. How long do they keep for?

  3. hadjer Algeria joined 10/14 & has 1 comment

    hello , I want try it but can i use another kind of beans ( small one) in my country we haven’t this one
    thanks a lot for your explanation

  4. Nattacha Malaysia joined 10/14 & has 1 comment

    So my first batch had failed, the skin was way too hard.
    I made the second batch and it turned out great. The failing point was from the bean. The shop around my house only has small lima beans and they need more time to soak (I soaked the second batch 24 hrs) and to make sure to close lid while boiling.
    Because the filling was too dry the first time (the bean was hard I couldn’t mash after 50 mins boiling, so I use mixer to blend them) it cannot help moistening up the skin while cooking I guess.

  5. dancewakko5 Sylmar, California, USA joined 6/14 & has 1 comment

    I made this delicious pastry today. I think I might have had some air space or too much moisture inside because many of my pastries burst. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  6. zp00kie Sweden joined 7/12 & has 1 comment

    I tried making these today! However, I am not sure I got them right. what should the consistency of the filling be when they have finished baking? I baked them for 20 minutes, and it still looks the same as before I put it into the oven… I might have cooked the filling for too short (however, it was possible to shape it to balls)

    Are the cups in the recipe US or Metric cups?

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