Garaetteok or rice cake is a famous Korean dish made from rice flour. The cylindrical-shaped soft, chewy, and bouncy cakes are usually used in a variety of recipes like spicy rice cakes(tteokbokki), rice cake soup(tteokguk), and stir fry chicken(dakgalbi). It is an easy recipe that can be made within 10 minutes. You can use store brought rice flour for making rice cake recipes or you can make it from scratch by using homemade rice flour.

Rice Cake Recipe

Preparation Time 12 hours
Cooking Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12hours 2 minutes
Type Snack
Cuisine Korean
Yield 4 servings
Calories 35 kcal
Rice Cake Ingredients
    • Short grain rice flour 2 cups
    • Salt 1 tsp
    • Sesame oil 1 tbsp
    • Hot water 1 cup

Directions for Making Rice Flour

Soak Rice In Water

Firstly, take 1 cup of short-grain rice and soak them in water for 12 hours or overnight. If you are soaking rice on summer days then keep them in the refrigerator. Then after 12 hours drain out the water and let them dry completely.

soak rice- rice cake

Grind Rice

Secondly, take a food processor and put rice in it. Then grind them to a fine powder. Make sure to grind rice in small batches otherwise, they may stick to the bottom and be difficult to grind.

grind rice- rice cake

Directions for Making Rice Cake

Prepare Rice Dough

Then take out rice flour in a microwave-safe bowl. Then add salt to the rice, gradually start pouring hot water into the rice flour and keep mixing with a spoon ladle.

mix dough

Microwave Rice Dough

Secondly, cover the dough bowl with a cling wrap and make sure to leave holes in the wrap. Then microwave the dough for 2-3 minutes.

microwave dough

Pound the Rice Dough

Drop the sesame oil on the cutting board and then put the rice cake dough on it. Then using a pestle pound the dough for 4 to 5 minutes. Once the dough is smooth and elastic stop pounding it.

pound cake

Roll and Cut the Rice Cake

Finally, using your hands or a rolling pin roll the dough into a cylindrical shape. Then with the help of a knife cut the cake into two halves. The rice cake is ready to serve. Once the cakes are ready cover them with sesame oil to keep them safe from sticking.

roll and cut


Rice cake can be enjoyed with a different types of sauces, however, they are delicious when served with honey and cream. You can also use a steamer instead of a microwave for making rice cakes. If you are making homemade rice flour then keep in mind to use only short-grain rice and soak them for maximum time for a smooth and chewy cake.

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