Mochi Rice is a hulled, short-grain glutinous white rice with mild, sweet flavor. Due to high starch content, this rice becomes very sticky and soft when cooked and is ideal for both sweet and savory dishes. Mochi Rice is commonly ground into rice cakes, sweets and other traditional Asian dishes.
Rinse 1 cup of Mochi Rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain in a colander. Combine drained rice and 1 1/2 cups water in medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let rest covered for 15 minutes more
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Popular throughout Japan, these chewy rice cakes are made by pounding steamed glutinous rice until it forms a sticky dough, and then molding it into the desired shape. Properly steaming the rice is key to successful mochi.