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How to Make Mochi at Home

By: My/Mochi Ice Cream

Love Mochi? Make Your Own at Home!

As you may already know, Mochi is a traditional Japanese dough that is used in a wide variety of dishes. From ice cream to soups, this gooey dough can be used to satisfy just about any craving.

Want to add Mochi to your favorite family recipes? This sticky dough takes some effort to make, but can be fun for the whole family. Learn how to make Mochi at home below!

Step 1: Go Shopping

First, and most importantly, you’ll need to gather your not-so-basic ingredients for this traditional Japanese dish. Take a trip to your local Asian market to pick up the following ingredients:

  • Mochiko, or other glutinous rice flour
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Milk
  • Unsweetened Condensed Milk
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Katakuriko, or cornstarch

Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients

Now’s the time to start separating your ingredients into the proper size for the recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Put 1lb of Mochiko or other rice flour dough in a large mixing bowl
  • Measure three cups of sugar
  • Pour and mix one can of coconut milk in a bowl
  • Prepare ½ can of unsweetened condensed milk
  • Have 1 ½ cups of water ready
  • Choose your favorite color dye
  • On large cutting board or other surface, sprinkle corn starch to ensure Mochi does not stick.

Step 3: Preheat Your Oven

Before we get into making your Mochi, be sure to preheat your oven to 450º F. This will give your oven ample time to properly heat up.

Step 4: Combine and Mix Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, sift the Mochiko. After the rice flour has been sifted, add in three cups of sugar, one can of unsweetened coconut milk, one and a half cups of water, and a few drops of your favorite food coloring. Using a whisk, stir the mixture until it is lump free.

Step 5: Pour Mixture into a Large Cake Pan

Line a large cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick oil. Pour the mixture in the greased pan and ensure it is evenly distributed. Lay another piece of foil on top of the poured mixture.

Step 6: Place the Pan in the Oven

Bake your mixture in the oven for over an hour on the middle shelf. After cooking, remove the Mochi from the oven and let cool for an additional hour.

Step 7: Remove Mochi From Pan and Prepare for Serving

After your mixture has cooled, remove the top layer of foil. Flip the pan over on your surfaced covered in cornstarch and remove the bottom layer of foil.

Remove the crusts around the edges and cut your Mochi into your desired shape. After cutting into squares, triangles, or other shapes, sprinkle more corn starch on uncovered areas.

Step 8: Serve and Enjoy Your Homemade Mochi

Serve your Mochi however you want! Serve with soy sauce and wasabi, ice cream, soup—the possibilities are endless. If you serve a sweet dish, be sure to offer a cup of Japanese green tea as well!