i only found it in whole foods, but i'm sure you can order online. it's not a flour. i found it next to the fake cheese in the fridge section. it's made from brown rice, but it looks kind of like the break apart cookies from tolhouse. its in a big rectangle. i'm not sure how to make it from scratch tho, i'm sure you can find some online tho.
In a medium bowl, mix together the mochiko, 1 cup of sugar, and water until well blended. Mix in the 2 drops of vinegar to soften. Pour into a microwave-safe dish, and loosely cover with plastic. Microwave for 5 to 10 minutes on HIGH. Remove, and let cool until cool enough to handle. (Be careful, every microwave is different!)
In a small bowl, combine the potato starch, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Turn the mochi out onto the plastic, and cut into pieces using a plastic or wooden knife. Metal knives tend to stick too much. Roll the pieces in the potato starch mixture. =)
Hi again, Dena! I've been looking around the web and I haven't seen anything yet, but I'm pretty sure the sugar is what gives it the sweet flavor and the coating on the outside.
I would be interested in making this without sugar as well so I'll try a few things myself and get back to you.
In the meantime you could try substituting white for brown, that's what I usually do when a recipe calls for white and it's never failed me.
ACTUALLY- I just found a recipe using "organic sweet brown rice, filtered water, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, and sea salt.". I'm assuming they grind the seeds together until it's like that grainy sugar and roll it in that, but they didn't list directions. Apparently mochi is simply brown rice pounded into a cake.
If you're feeling experimental you can try that. I'm going to keep digging and maybe try a few things myself and I'll get back to you asap.
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