Homemade Mochi Daifuku Demystified: Use A Stand Mixer

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  April 26, 2021

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I’m sure you’re here because you’ve heard so many people raving about mochi – there’s mochi confections, mochi ice cream, and even microwaveable mochi.

The mochi you buy at Asian grocery stores and specialty shops is delicious, but making it fresh at home is so much better.

Mochi is a chewy, fun Japanese dessert made from short-grain glutinous rice, molded into squishy balls, and with a little work and these tips, you can make them yourself.

Anko bean mochi

How to make mochi from scratch

Cutting open a mochi ball

Easy Anko Mochi: rice dough with a stand mixer

Joost Nusselder
Today we’re making daifuku mochi which is mochi with an Anko red bean paste filling. It’s semi-sweet with the ultimate classic flavor. It's most often served alongside a nice hot cup of green tea. Although this isn’t the easiest of recipes, the results are so tasty you’ll be glad you took the time to make mochi.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 16 mochi balls
Calories 134 kcal

Equipment

  • Stand mixer

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups mochi gome glutinous rice
  • 13½ oz water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • potato starch
  • 16 scoops Anko red bean paste

Instructions
 

  • First you need to cook the rice. Glutinous rice doesn’t require soaking, so just set your rice cooker to a “glutinous rice” setting or cook according to the rice package instructions. You can also use an instant pot and cook the rice on high for about 5 minutes.
    Mochi Gome glutinous rice cooked
  • Then, knead the cooked rice in your stand mixer to mimic the pounding of traditional mochi-making methods. Knead the rice for 3 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, turn the mixture over, and using the flat beater, pound the rice for 45 seconds.
  • Now knead the dough again for 3 minutes.
  • Pound it again for 30 seconds and flip it over with the spatula.
  • Knead the dough again for another 2 minutes.
  • Pound again for 30 seconds.
  • Knead for the last time for 2-3 minutes.
    What the mochi rice dough will look like
  • Grab a tray, line it with parchment paper, and cover it with potato starch.
  • At this time, you can remove the “dough” using a spatula and place it on the starchy tray.
  • Flatten the mochi and coat with potato starch generously.
    Flatten rice dough on starch for mochi
  • Break off dough pieces and roll them into balls. To break off the dough, twist and pull gently.
    Twist and pull the mochi rice dough
  • Now push your finger inside the ball to create room for the bean paste. Add in a scoop of bean paste and cover it with dough again.
    Place the anko red bean paste in mochi balls
  • Next, place the balls on a tray and cover them with more potato starch to avoid stickiness.
    Place starch over mochi balls

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Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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Making mochi from scratch is no easy task. It takes a lot of work because the glutinous rice is extremely sticky, so you’ll need to do lots of mixing, flipping, stirring, and powdering.

But, the end result is worth it because homemade mochi is really delicious.

Delicious anko sticky mochi

The secret to great mochi is when the sticky rice is pounded into a dough-paste consistency and flavored with various sweet ingredients that are usually stuffed in the middle of the mochi ball.

If you stuff the mochi rice dough with something, it’s called daifuku. So this recipe is for a mochi daifuku filled with anko bean paste.

We’re not making mochi using the traditional pounding method, instead, you’ll be using your stand mixer.

Red bean mochi recipe
Red bean mochi recipe card

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Mochi recipe tips

Before you start making the mochi, you’ll need to consider the following factors:

  • You need to have a stand mixer that can knead the steamed rice. Something like a KitchenAid or Cuisinart professional mixer will do the job. Don’t try to use your hand mixer because it’ll break.
  • The rice is very sticky, so you’ll get your hands pretty dirty, and you have to work hard to shape the cake.
  • You’ll need to have potato starch on hand to dust your hands and the rice.
  • Keep a bowl of water nearby to soak your hands and the utensils – it will make working with sticky rice easier…not to mention cleanup will be less of a hassle.

Some of the ingredients might be hard to find, so have a look online. I like this Hakubai Sweet Rice for glutinous rice, and this Shirakiku Koshi An is a great red bean paste.

You can also buy the sweet rice flour, or mochiko, ready made. If you still have trouble finding it, check out my list of the best substitutes for mochiko here.

Mochi recipe variations

Easy Microwave Mochi with Mochiko flour

If you’re short on time or you don’t have a stand mixer, rest assured, you can use Mochiko sweet rice flour to make mochi at home in your microwave.

Mix 1 cup of Mochiko flour with 1 cup of water. Place the mixture in the microwave oven for about 2.5 to 3 minutes. You’ll get a kind of sticky dough you can fill with your favorite fillings.

So now that you have your dough ready, just grab your tray and spread potato starch all over just as with the dough from scratch.

Flatten the dough and cover with starch. Mold them into balls, fill them, and roll them in the starch again. Now you’ve got yourself an easy microwaved mochi.

The taste is pretty good, but it’s not quite as amazing as the made-from-scratch mochi with glutinous rice.

Fillings and flavors

There are so many types of mochi, I can’t possibly list them all, but I’m listing the most popular mochi flavors and fillings so you can choose the fillings that you like the most.

  • Daifuku with red bean paste
  • Ichigo daifuku with red bean paste and whole strawberries
  • Hanabira mochi – plum blossom mochi popular for New Year’s celebrations. It is shaped like a petal with a white exterior and a red anko interior.
  • Sakuramochi – cherry blossom flavored
  • Hishimochi – three-layered mochi in red, white, and green
  • Warabi mochi – this is a rice-free mochi made from bracken starch and covered in kinako (soybean flour)
  • Kinako mochi – toasted mochi covered in soybean flour
  • Green tea mochi
  • Kusa mochi – green mochi with yomogi (mugwort)
  • Shiroan mochi – filled with white bean paste
  • Custard mochi
  • Ice-cream mochi – the mochi is filled with different flavors of ice cream

How is mochi made?

One of the most common questions people ask is, “how do you make mochi, and what tools and appliances do you need?”

The traditional method of making mochi is a long and ceremonial process, using specialty tools. The mochi-making process is called mochitsuki.

First, they soak glutinous rice overnight, then steam it until it’s cooked. Then, they put the steamed rice in a large traditional mortar called usu and pound the rice for a long time using a special mallet called kine.

After the pounding, the mochi is transferred to a large family workstation, and everyone starts shaping the cakes into balls, and then they are flavored or stuffed.

In Japan, you can find special bread-making machines with a mochi-making function.

Zojirushi is a brand that specializes in rice-making appliances, and they have a mochi maker you can find on Amazon.

In today’s recipe, we skipped the expensive appliances and the traditional usu and used a handy stand mixer.

How to serve mochi

Since mochi is a type of treat, it’s most commonly paired with a cup of green tea or some type of hot drink. It’s served cold if it’s the type of supermarket mochi. But, usually, mochi is served while it’s fresh and warm.

To eat mochi, you take small bites, or you can cut the mochi into small pieces and chew them slowly to savor the flavor.

You can also use them in a savory dish called zoni soup which contains bland, flavorless mochi pieces without the filling.

So, next time you’re making mochi, make sure to experiment with mochi flavors since there are so many great varieties!

For more Japanese sweetness, try this Imagawayaki (Obanyaki) recipe: a delicious Japanese dessert

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