I made a fairly decent batch of rice paste last week. I feel I’m finally getting the hang of it, but no two batches are alike. Here’s the recipe I use. It has 3 ingredients – water, sweet rice flour and rice bran. Sweet rice flour (mochiko) is high in gluten content and makes the paste sticky and elastic. The rice bran (komon-nuka) enables the paste resist to “break” along the edges of the stencil design. It is a lovely light brown color and smells good. Here are the before and after pictures. I steam my paste for about 40 minutes. The doughnut-hole sized balls turn from a light tan to sort of a roasted peanut-butter color from the edge to the core.