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Mochi is a food prepared from rice and used as an ingredient in several Japanese recipes.

How to cook Mochi:

  1. Prepare steamed glutinous rice;
  2. Pound it in a mortar; and
  3. Form it into various shapes (Usually a circle or square).

While eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and commonly sold and eaten at that time. Mochi is very sticky; every year after the new year, it is reported in the media how many people die from choking on it.

Popular dishes with Mochi:

For the pre-Columbian Peruvian culture, see Moche; for the drink, see mocha.