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Ohagi Botamochi.jpg
Type Confectionery
Place of origin Japan
Main ingredients Sweet rice, sweet red bean paste
Variations Ohagi
Cookbook: Botamochi  Media: Botamochi

Botamochi (ぼたもち or 牡丹餅) are a Japanese sweet made with sweet rice and sweet azuki (red bean) paste. They are made by soaking sweet rice for approximately six hours. The rice is then cooked, and a thick azuki paste is hand-packed around pre-formed balls of rice.

A very similar sweet, ohagi (おはぎ), uses a slightly different texture of azuki paste, but is otherwise almost identical. It is made in autumn. Some recipe variations in both cases call for a coating of soy flour to be applied to the botamochi/ohagi after the azuki paste.

The two different names are derived from the Botan (peony) which blooms in the spring and the Hagi (Japanese bush clover or Lespedeza) which blooms during autumn.

Botamochi is the modern name for the dish Kaimochi (かいもち) mentioned in the Heian Period text Uji Shūi Monogatari (宇治拾遺物語).[citation needed]

The proverb Tana kara botamochi (棚からぼたもち), literally "a botamochi falls down from a shelf", means "a stroke of good luck".[citation needed]

The term is also used for a specific pattern of Bizen ware with two, three or five round marks, as if the marks of the small balls of rice cakes were left on the plate.[1][2] [3]

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  1. ^ "岡山県備前市 Bizen Pottery and Its Beauty -Bizen City". Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  2. ^ "備前焼の焼き色 | 備前焼じゃ". Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  3. ^ "How To Make Anko (Red Bean Paste) • Just One Cookbook". 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2017-04-02.