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|Place of origin||Japan|
|Main ingredients||Sweet rice, sweet red bean paste|
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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 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".
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