Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome or what we know as glutinous rice. Traditionally this rice cake is widely exchanged during the New Year in Japan but due to its popularity it is now available whole year round. The conventional way of preparing this rice cake is by soaking the mochigome overnight and pounded to form a sticky paste, this paste is then moulded into different shapes from small round buns to something really complex, fillings are then stuffed like red bean paste and lotus root paste. Things had changed since the old days which makes this treat really easy to make nowadays, gone are the days of boiling adzuki beans for long time as red bean paste is readily available in Asian groceries also instead of pounding the mochigome, mochiko or sweet rice flour is readily available as well.

Several weeks ago I was surprised when my daughter told me we have Mochi for snacks, my wife made them and it was so good we finished it all in no time.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Japanese


Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome or what we know as glutinous rice. Traditionally this rice cake is widely exchanged during the New Year in Japan but due to its popularity it is now available whole year round.



  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cup glutinous rice flour
  • red bean paste
  • toasted flour
  • 4 different food colours


  1. In a pot combine water and sugar bring it to a boil then turn heat off, set aside.
  2. Divide liquid into 4 parts then add drops of food colour on each container.
  3. Combine cornstarch and glutinous rice flour then place 3/4 cups of this mixture to each container with liquid while still hot.
  4. Mix the each container until it forms a smooth dough. Form a small flat circle dough roughly the size of the diameter of a drinking glass, place a heaping tablespoon of the red bean paste then seal to form a sphere. Do it with the remaining dough.
  5. Place in a lightly greased steamer then steam for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from steamer then roll in lightly toasted flour to avoid them from sticking together. Serve, you can enjoy them hot or cold.



21 Responses

  1. Chloerissa says:

    I absolutely love this! I use to buy it at Wholefoods.

  2. This looks great! When I made mochi awhile back, I put a small scoop of ice-cream in the middle and it was delicious!

  3. Such a technically tricky thing to make but so easily enjoyed in seconds! I love those pastel colours and the delicious use of fillings. One of my all time favourite ways to enjoy these is with a little frozen ball of ice cream placed inside…life changing!

  4. Amanda says:

    These are my favorite! I love these. Well done. Whenever I see mochi ice cream, I have to buy it.

  5. Just love them! It reminds my childhood and my Japanese dad. I will have to try this recipe. Bookmarking for a future project. thanks for sharing

  6. Please thank your wife for doing this Mochi recipe. I love Mochi from what I’ve bought from the Korean store. Now I can have it, I’ll do it with Filipino flavors and post it on my blog— to spread the love for Filipino flavors.

  7. I really like mochi (minus the colorants) but I have only made it once, I found it quite difficult. Yes it was delicious, with home made bean paste and a strawberry inside too, but I guess that to make a really good one you need years of experience, unfortunately I don’t think that my mochi will ever taste like the ones I eat in Japan
    lol! So I am happy to just look at the photos here!

  8. I love all the different mochi ball colors!

  9. Michelle says:

    Oh, I love mochi. And those are so very pretty!

  10. mustt be superb than the store brought since you can adjust your preference sweetness….
    nice job Ray!

  11. Rowena says:

    I tried it yesterday and its good we had it for dessert and the family love it Thank you for the recipe

  12. Yum, I love these! Never tried making them before though, I shall now!

  13. We love mochi and I need to try making it soon!!

  14. Justin says:

    Now craving for it after I saw the image! -_-

  15. Karen says:

    I bought Mochi with red bean paste, wasn’t sure how to cook them now, or do I need to cook them?? I grew up in Japan and loved them as a child.


  16. Shan says:

    Hi … Malagkit lang po ung gimagamit pala sa movhi?

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