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Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Published: September/01/2020

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Botamochi is a very homely Japanese sweets. I remember that Grandmom and mom made botamochi and we had it with whole family. That's why botamochi reminds me of my childhood memories. Previously, each family used to make botamochi by themselves, but nowadays it is common to buy botamochi at shops. Usually the homemade botamochi is less sweet than the botamochi sold at stores, and I prefer the unique handmade feeling. Botamochi made at home is less sweet than the botamochi sold at stores, and I like the taste and unique handmade feel of each home. In this recipe, we have introduced botamochi made with red bean paste, but sesame and kinako (roasted soybean flour) are also popular.

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Serves: -

Ingredients for botamochi

  • Rice (non-glutinous rice 90g, glutinous rice 280g) --- 360g
  • Anko --- 200g

Please see another recipe for how to make anko(red bean paste)

1. Cook Rice

1. Cook Rice

Since glutinous rice tends to become hard when it's get cold, there for two types of rice cook together for Botamochi.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Wash the prepared rice with water quickly 3 or 4 times.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

For to make botamochi, you need to mush the cooked rice with a wooden stick. Glutinous rice is very sticky when cooked, so soak the prepared wooden stick in water. the wooden stick that absorbs water makes it easier to mush the rice.

also see another recipe which How to cook rice with pot below.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

It is takes about 10 minutes for cooking rice. You need to listen the sounds of the water and to smell of the rice from steam. Also you need to imagine inside the pot and don't open the pot.

In Japan, We say that Don't open the pot even if your baby start crying by the sounds of cooking rice. (Actually we don't say that anymore though.)

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Close the pan lid and steam for 10 minutes with remaining heat.

2. Smash the rice

2. Smash the rice

Move the cooked rice to the bowl and then smash the rice before the rice gets cold with prepared wet wood stick.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

it is not necessary to become paste. You just Smash the rice like the picture. In Japan it's called "Half killed", I know it's sounds really bad.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

It's finished to smash the rice. You can still see the shape of rice.

3. Wrap the rice by Anko

3. Wrap the rice by Anko

Put 10g of Anko on the cling film and spread the Anko thinly.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Place the rice on the bean paste in an amount that can be wrapped in anko.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Wrap rice with anko using cling film.

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Squeeze the botamochi with cling film to shape the botamochi

Japanese old fashioned sweets "Botamochi"

Please enjoy the botamochi with dark green tea.

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