By Dawn Westin

Mochi is a chewy, easy-to-make dessert and the Japanese equivalent of the rice cake. These Asian delights can be enjoyed plain, or they can be jazzed up with a yummy filling of your choice. You can also make them in white, green or pink varieties depending on the ingredients you choose to mix into your dough. Mochi makes for the perfect sweet ending to any Japanese meal.

Mochi is made using a dough mixture.

Step 1

Mix 2 cups glutinous rice flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp. baking powder in a large bowl. Pour small amounts of water into the mixture as you go until it takes on the consistency of dough, and set it aside. Optionally, add strawberry jam to the mixture if you want to make pink mochi or pandan extract for green mochi.

Step 2

Oil the entire interior surface of a microwavable pan. Place the mochi dough you created in Step 1 into the pan.

Step 3

Cover the pan with a paper towel, and microwave for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also place the pan on a steamer and steam the dough for 30 to 45 minutes on medium if you do not have access to or wish to use a microwave.

Step 4

Dust potato starch onto a flat surface, and knead the dough in the starch until it acquires a smooth texture.

Step 5

Cut the dough into bite-sized pieces, and shape each piece into a ball or any shape you desire.

Step 6

Slice open the dough to fill it with any filling, such as peanut butter, melted chocolate fudge or flavored yogurt, that you would like. This step is optional.