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Botamochi (ぼたもち or 牡丹餅) is a Japanese sweet made with glutinous rice, regular rice (ratio of 7:3, or only glutinous rice) and sweet azuki paste (red bean paste). They are made by soaking the rice for approximately 1 hour. The rice is then cooked, and a thick azuki paste is hand-packed around pre-formed balls of rice. Botamochi is eaten as sacred food as offering during the weeks of the spring and the autumn Higan in Japan.
|Type||Confectionery, Rice cake|
|Place of origin||Japan|
|Main ingredients||glutinous rice, rice, sweet red bean paste|
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 ohagi after the azuki paste.
The proverb Tana kara botamochi (棚からぼたもち), literally "a botamochi falls down from a shelf", means "receiving a windfall", "a lucky break".
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