Easy to Make Ohagi (Rice Cakes)

Easy to Make Ohagi (Rice Cakes)

Make ohagi rice cakes without glutinous rice.
I steamed regular white rice with a ready-made mochi rice cake.
This is a no-fuss, easy recipe.

Ingredients: Makes 12 small rice cakes

White rice
1 rice bowls' worth (180 ml uncooked rice)
Ready-made dry mochi rice cake
Anko red bean paste
as needed
as needed
Ground white sesame seeds
as needed
as needed


1. Rinse the rice, and soak in water for about 30 minutes. Chop the mochi into 5 mm cubes.
2. Put the rice into a rice cooker, scatter the diced mochi on top, then add a touch more water than when preparing regular white rice.
3. Transfer the steamed rice to a bowl and, using a dampened pestle, mash the rice in a pounding motion.
4. Wet your hands and separate the mixture into a dozen barrels.
5. Coat the entire surface of the rice cakes from Step 4 in anko. Or, if you like, sprinkle kinako powder mixed with sugar.

Story Behind this Recipe

My daughter loves mochi and dumplings.
Steaming ready-made cut rice cakes with regular white rice gives it a chewy texture. It's just like using glutenous rice.