Ozoni in a red Japanese lacquered soup bowl
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Ozoni - Miso Soup with Mochi (Rice Cake)

Ozoni is a traditional Japanese New Year's specialty food made from miso soup with vegetables and mochi (rice cakes). It's healthy and very delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #Kansai Ozoni, #mochi soup, #Ozoni
Servings: 2 bowls
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 2 cups of water *1
  • 1 tsp dashi powder
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1/2 a medium sized carrot or 40g
  • 1/4 small daikon radish or 40g
  • 2 mochi rice cakes
  • 2 Shiitake mushroom *2
  • 2 leaves Mitsuba for garnish
  • 2 slices of Naruto *5


  • Cut the carrot, radish small thin slices.
  • Parboil the carrot and radish and cut out to flower shape using Japanese cookie cutter. *3
  • Chop stems off the shiitake mushrooms and score cross to create a pattern on mushrooms.
  • Add the water and dashi powder in a sauce pan and let it simmer over medium heat.
  • Add the carrot and radish to the sauce pan and leave it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • While the carrot, radish and mushrooms is cooking, cut the mochi in half and put it in the oven to grill for 15 minutes on 180c. *4 
  • Turn the heat off the saucepan after carrot, radish and mushrooms are cooked. Add miso paste (straining it through a small sifter ladle to remove the hard chunks).
  • Once the miso has dissolved, put the saucepan back on to medium heat. Watch it carefully and remove from heat just before it boils. 
  • Once the mochi is done, add the mochi to a bowl and pour the miso soup over the mochi.
  • Garnish with Mitsuba and naruto(*5) to serve.


*1 If you have home made dashi stock, use 2 cups of dashi stock and omit dashi powder. 
*2 If you can not access to shiitake mushrooms, I substitute with Swiss brown mushrooms. 
*3 Using those cutter is only for decoration purpose. If you don't have one and, just slice it thinly. 
*4 You can either cook it in oven, or grill like I did in the photo indicate in the post above. 
*5 Naruto is optional. If you have them, it add some colour and make it prettier. 


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2550IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.5mg