How to Pre-Process and Store Mochi Rice and Make Mochi

How to Pre-Process and Store Mochi Rice and Make Mochi

If you store mochi or sweet (short-grain) rice like this, you can enjoy mochi (pounded rice) at any time. Please give it a try!


Mochi or sweet short-grain rice
1 rice cooker cup worth (180 ml uncooked)


1. Rinse the rice, and soak in water overnight or for half a day.
2. Drain the rice into a sieve.
3. Put the water-saturated mochi rice - 1 rice cooker cup's worth, about 220 g - in a bag and freeze. This is the storage stage done.
4. How to cook the mochi: Put the frozen rice and 100 ml of water in a blender, and puree for 2 to 3 minutes until liquid. It will still be a little grainy.
5. It looks like this.
6. Put the pureed rice liquid in a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes at 730W.
7. Microwave for another minute. If it's translucent it's done. Try a bit, and if the rice grains are still hard microwave for another minute. Done.
8. Enjoy with kinako (toasted soy bean flour), sesame seeds, anko sweet bean paste and so on.
9. Our family recipe for microwaved easy zenzai (anko sweet bean paste soup and mochi), Recipe ID: 987807.
10. This is kagami-mochi, kind of. (Kagami mochi is a New Year's decoration.) This is just the right size to top with a kumquat.

Story Behind this Recipe

My mother used to make mochi like this. I adapted her recipe.