Vegan Ozoni (Japanese New Year's Soup With Rice Cake)

Vegan Ozoni (Japanese New Year's Soup With Rice Cake)

This traditional Japanese onzi soup with vegetables and rice cake (mochi) is enjoyed on New Year's Day, or oshogatsu.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large stock pot, add large piece of dried dashi konbu and water and steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Step 3

    Bring the konbu and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Step 4

    Add dried konbu dashi powder and soy sauce to taste. Simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Add sliced carrots and daikon. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Remove large piece of dried dashi konbu. Reduce heat to low. Add salt to taste.
  7. Step 7

    Just before ozoni is ready to be served, add a handful of mizuna leaves, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until just tender.
  8. Step 8

    If using fresh mochi, add it to soup and cook for about 1 minute until the mochi is soft and pliable. If using frozen mochi, cook with a small amount of water in microwave for 15 seconds or until tender. Then add to soup and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Step 9

    Transfer to an individual soup bowl and ladle vegetables and broth over it. Serve immediately.