Rinse the rice well. Use a blender to mix the water with the rice until you end up with a mixture that's thick and heavy.
Pour into a heat-proof dish.
Cover and microwave for 3 minutes at 700 W.
Use a dampened spoon to stir and stretch the mixture into a smooth mochi-like consistency.
Serve them as you'd like. This time I coated it in kinako and crushed sesame seeds. I formed the balls using a spoon.
This recipe is also good for filling aburaage pouches for oden.
Story Behind this Recipe
My mother taught me this. I really doubted whether this would work, but just as I was second-guessing myself, real mochi materialized before my eyes! This is great when you want to eat mochi. You might never buy pre-made, pre-cut mochi again!
If you have time, soak the mochi rice in water beforehand. If you mix thoroughly with a spoon in Step 4, you'll get a smooth mochi mixture.