How to Make Mochi: A Guide to This Sweet Japanese Treat

Mochi is a classic Japanese treat that’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Learn how to make it at home with our simple and tasty recipe.

Mochi is a traditional Japanese treat that’s popular around the world. This sweet and chewy dessert is made with glutinous rice flour and can be filled with various fillings such as red bean paste or ice cream. In this article, we’ll show you how to make mochi at home with our easy-to-follow recipe.


  • 1 pound glutinous rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Filling of your choice (e.g., red bean paste, ice cream)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour, water, and sugar. Mix well until a smooth dough forms.
  2. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring to the dough to give it some color.
  3. Microwave the dough for 2-3 minutes until it becomes firm and bouncy. Alternatively, you can steam the dough over a pot of boiling water for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Dust a clean surface with cornstarch and transfer the dough onto it. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.
  6. Flatten each ball with your palm and add a small amount of filling in the center.
  7. Pinch the edges of the dough together to seal the filling inside.
  8. Roll the mochi balls in cornstarch to prevent sticking.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be careful not to overheat the dough in the microwave, or it will become tough and difficult to work with.
  • Use a small amount of filling, or the mochi may burst when you try to seal it.
  • Cornstarch is essential for preventing the mochi from sticking together.
  • Serve the mochi at room temperature for the best texture.


  • Try different fillings such as peanut butter, Nutella, or fresh fruit.
  • Experiment with different flavors and colors by adding extracts or food coloring to the dough.
  • Wrap the mochi around an ice cream scoop to make ice cream mochi.

Mochi is a delicious and versatile dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With our easy-to-follow recipe, you can make your own mochi at home and customize it with your favorite fillings and flavors. Whether you’re a fan of red bean paste, ice cream, or something else entirely, mochi is a sweet and satisfying treat that’s sure to please.

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