How to Make Homemade Mochi




Today you will learn how to make Mochi, but before we get started, let me give you a little background behind this delicious treat.

Mochi, pronounced [Mo-CHI] is an irresistible treat that can be used in many ways, whether it's Strawberry Daifuku Mochi, Mochi ice cream, etc. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake that is made from mochigome (aka Glutinous rice) which is most of the time sweet. It has a chewy, sticky texture that is naturally white. Mochi has become quite popular here in the US, especially in areas like Hawaii and California. I first had mochi this year and had to make this recipe so other people can try it and hopefully enjoy it!

The mochi we will be making today is a sweet rice cake filled with a red bean or Nutella paste. This sweet treat is actually quite simple to make but for most, quite hard to shape due to it's stickiness... so prepare yourself.

Let's get started!


Step 1: Gather Your Ingrediants and Materials

For this, you will be needing...

-1 box of Mochiko flour (you can find this at your local Asian super market or international store)

-3 cups of water

-1 cup of sugar (you can add half a cup if you don't want it too sweet)

- And Starch or flour (for dusting

Materials you will be needing...
- Microwaveable bowl

-Mixing utensil (spoon)

-Parchment paper

-Measuring cup

-Dough blender

Step 2: Combine Flour, Sugar and Water

-Combine your flour, sugar and water into your microwaveable bowl.
(Make sure to mix well)

Step 3: Microwave for 10 Minutes

Microwave for 10 minutes on high power.
(Stir the mochi between every 2 minute mark. It may take longer depending on your microwave)
Mix until your start to see and feel a sticky (almost rubbery) texture... until you are able to form a ball without it being too sticky.

Step 4: Start Shaping Your Mochi

Before you do any of this, let the mochi cool down for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle some corn starch or flour (not too much and not too little) on your parchment paper that way the mochi won’t be too sticky when you’re trying to shape it. On top of the parchment paper, roll out your mochi dough with your dough blender as thick or thin as you want it (not too thin to where it will fall apart as soon as you add the filling). Then, cut them into small circles.

Step 5: Add Your Fillings

If you’re not too familiar with red bean paste, Nutella would be a great option (although it may be too sweet for some). Once your mochi is cut into small circles (or as big as you want them) add your paste on top of the cut out mochi (estimate how much you want). (You can also add strawberry or banana into your mochi and paste). If you do, cut the fruits into pieces where you can fit both the paste and fruit into the mochi. And finally, fold the mochi from side to side, and front to back until you form a little ball... it doesn’t have to be perfect but make sure the mochi closes so the filling won’t fall out.

Step 6: Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed, or at least enjoyed learning how to make this sweet treat.



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    10 Discussions


    10 days ago

    30 or so years ago I owned a health food store and I use to get mochi in a frozen rectangle. It had a different texture than the mochi I've found now. It was slightly grainy and flat. I thawed it enough to cut into squares and make a slit sideways and put cheese or jam in the middle and bake. It would puff up and get crispy on the outside. I have not been able to find that kind of mochi anywhere and the only kind I've been able now are these soft balls (which I love also!). Has anyone see the frozen kind recently?

    1 reply

    Reply 4 days ago

    Yes, that was my introduction to mochi, too, and would also love to find out if it's still available!

    Alaskan Bev

    Question 10 days ago

    Maybe it's just me, but I am not understanding something in step one of this intriguing recipe, Gathering Ingredients. I am reading it to say that if one cup of sugar is too sweet, add another half-cup. How does that work? For most recipes I cut the sugar at least in half because the full amount just seems overpoweringly sweet; my family has gotten used to it. Thanks for your Instructable, excellent photos and all.

    2 answers
    GillianP8Alaskan Bev

    Answer 9 days ago

    It sure why you interpreted the instruction as such. Clearly says 1cup sugar OR add 1/2cup if you find it too sweet..... NOT plus 1/2cup

    kai.hAlaskan Bev

    Answer 9 days ago

    I read that as: Use one cup sugar, _or_ if you don't want it too sweet, use half a cup of sugar instead.


    10 days ago

    Can you provide a picture of a “dough blender”? I have a feeling it’s probably something I have that I call by a different name. Thanks!


    Question 10 days ago on Step 3

    The microwave directions are confusing to me. Microwave for 10 minutes. I am guessing you mean 10 minutes total. I also get microwave fo 5 minutes on high. The part where you stir after 3 minutes and the rest is confusing to me. Can you clarify please?


    10 days ago

    I'm amazed at the number of people in the US who haven't tried Mochi. Here in the Midwest we've had it readily available for well over 15 years. Thank you for posting this recipe. It looks easy and fun to do, and a lot easier than pounding it out the traditional way.


    12 days ago

    I have never eaten Mochi, seems interesting, I' d like to try it.


    13 days ago

    I love mochi! Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try it out!