Daifuku Mochi – Japanese Bean & Rice Cake

Daifuku mochi is a sweet dessert that is often served in Japan. You can make it at home and it is simple to do so. You will need some basic ingredients and tools to get started. It is very similar to a mochi cake, since both are soft and fluffy. The difference between daifuku mochi and other types of mochi is that this one does not have any filling inside! Instead, it just has a layer of sweetened red bean paste on top (or sometimes green tea powder). The outside is made with glutinous rice flour mixed with water until it forms into balls, which are then steamed or fried until they are ready to eat.

A popular dessert and traditional sweet, enjoyed at tea ceremonies, festivals, birthdays and more. In fact, daifuku mochi is so popular that it has been brought over to other parts of the world where it is now available at many restaurants or you can even make it yourself! Interested in pastry? Make sure you read about saffranspannkaka and lussekatt.

What is Daifuku Mochi?

Where Did It Come From?

It is typically filled with red bean paste, green tea paste, or fruit fillings like peach and strawberry jam. The name daifuku itself means “ten thousand days” in Japanese—it refers to the number of days it takes for red beans to ferment into their various forms. This sweet treat can be found at any convenience store or grocery store during the holiday season because it is so popular among Japanese people who want something light but tasty when they are feeling tired or hungover from drinking too much alcohol during celebrations like New Year’s Eve parties! Mochi is ofe of the most popular foods in Japan, almost as popular as salmon sashimi.

How to Make Daifuku Mochi?


  • Rice flour
  • Glutinous rice flour
  • Sugar
  • Sweet Beans

Water, vegetable oil, eggs and mochi flour are the base ingredients that you will need for this recipe.


  1. Cook the rice.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Add the egg and mix until it is well combined.
  4. Shape into a ball with wet hands, smoothing out any lumps or cracks as you go. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
  5. Prepare a 15-inch baking sheet by greasing it with oil, and then sprinkling it with mochiko (rice flour).
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of sweet rice flour and 1 cup of regular white rice flour. Add in 2.5 cups water, mixed well. Stir until you have a smooth batter (the consistency should be similar to pancake batter).
  7. Heat up an electric frying pan or nonstick pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes before adding 1/4 cup of cooking oil to the pan. Place spoonfuls of cornstarch onto your work surface and roll each mochi ball around in it so they are completely covered in cornstarch before placing them on the greased baking sheet.

Note: If you want to add, sesame seeds or red bean paste inside your daifuku mochi balls now is the time! Press down gently into each ball before transferring them all back into your mixing bowl.

How to Make Daifuku Mochi?

Daifuku Mochi with Ice Cream

Just like Dango dumplings, daifuku mochi with ice cream is a popular dessert in Japan. It is also a popular dessert in the US, Australia and many other countries. In fact, probably many more places enjoy this sweet treat than you realize! This is a low calorie, low fat and low sugar dessert. It has about 200 calories per serving. It is considered one of the healthiest desserts you can eat.

Daifuku Mochi & Nutella

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in the water until just blended (you may need to use your hands). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly coat two baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Divide dough into 12 balls; roll each ball into 14-inch rope about ½ inch thick on lightly floured surface or between hands coated with rice flour mixture.

Cut each rope crosswise into two pieces; shape into heart shapes by gently pressing together ends of each half-heart so they will stick together when baked (this helps prevent them from cracking during baking). Place mochi hearts on prepared baking sheet at least 5 inches apart; repeat until all mochi is shaped into hearts—you should have 24 total pieces of daifuku mochi.

Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes until lightly golden around edges but still soft inside (it is important not to overbake these because they will become too dry). Cool completely before filling with chocolate ganache or other fillings such as red bean paste if desired! Optional: Serve decorated with sesame seeds &/or sprinkles if desired!

Health Benefits of Daifuku Mochi

Daifuku mochi is a healthy snack ideal for those who seak healthy diet. Unlike sushi and other Japanese food that actually takes experience to be made perfectly. You do not need to be a professional chef to make daifuku mochi and it does not take much time to make these delicious Japanese cakes! Daifuku mochi are also very easy to prepare, which makes them an ideal snack for people on the go. You can also read about Tobiko Sushi here, which in out recipe, we simplified the process so anyone can make it.

For example, if you are going on vacation or have visitors coming over unexpectedly. Then all you will need is some rice flour, sweet rice wine and beans in order to create your own batch of delicious bean paste (anko). However, if making things from scratch is not your thing then there are plenty of pre-made versions available at most supermarkets nowadays too!

In addition to being a fun activity for kids’ parties or family gatherings during holidays like Christmas time–or any time really making daifuku mochi with friends or family members creates lasting memories together as well as helping form closer bonds between those involved in creating them together. Something, which cannot be, said about eating chips all day long, which only leave us feeling sick afterwards without any lasting benefit, whatsoever other than those few moments where we were eating them before realizing how empty inside they made us feel afterward due largely thanks.

Cooking Tips

Cooking Tips

Set up an alarm on your phone or computer with a timer that goes off every minute. This will help you stay on track with the cooking process, as you will be able to see how much time has passed and keep yourself from over-cooking the rice cake.
We hope that this article by Edge of the Globe’s Lifestyle helped you make this delicious desert. Feel free to share your thoughts down in the comment section. Thank you

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