Easy Homemade Mochi
- 2/3 cup (100g) sweet glutinous rice flour
- I used the Mochiko brand rice flour. Any brand would work, but make sure you’re not just buying straight up rice flour.
- 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (180g) water
- 2 drops-1 teaspoon whatever extract you’d want
- I used pandan extract, a super cool flavor that you should all check out. You can basically substitute this extract with any other extract, like vanilla, matcha, almond, orange, ube, etc. Also, depending on how concentrated you want the flavor, definitely play around with the quantities (stronger extracts like ube or pandan probably just require 2 drops, but vanilla, orange, almond extracts probably would require around 1 teaspoon). If you want to use a powdered flavoring, substitute 2 tablespoons of the sweet glutinous rice flour with whatever flavoring you’d like, such as matcha, cocoa powder, etc.
- Approximately 1 cup cornstarch (for dusting your surface)
You can also use this recipe for filled mochi as well. Feel free to use this and wrap it around some red bean filling, nutella, fruit, even ice cream.
- In a microwaveable bowl, add sweet glutinous rice flour, granulated sugar, extract, and water. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Use a spatula and stir the mixture around.
- Microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Use the spatula again and stir the mixture until combined. There will probably be parts that look more translucent than others, so make sure all parts are combined.
- Microwave on high for another 30 seconds, and again, use the spatula to stir the mixture again. Evaluate the mixture.The entire mixture should be entirely translucent and be super sticky and elastic, but firm (as in your spatula probably could not just simply cut through it). If this is not the case, microwave on high again for another 30 seconds (and repeat until translucent and you’ve achieved the texture described).
- On a clean and dry surface, flour it with cornstarch heavily. Scoop the mochi onto the cornstarch and use a floured knife to cut it into sections (or you can just your hands and pinch pieces off).
- Using cornstarch covered hands, pick up each section and roll it into balls. Sprinkle more cornstarch around, and you’re done!
Easy Homemade Mochi is a surprisingly easy recipe to try to replicate at home. Mochi is always something that I see everyone buy, but I don’t think most people realize that it’s so easy to make. Try out different flavors, add fillings, wrap it around ice cream or fruit. The list is endless!