Learn to make one of Japanese cuisine's favourite snack foods with this onigiri recipe.
Onigiri are balls of rice, usually wrapped with nori seaweed and containing a meat or vegetable filling. Much like sandwiches in the West, onigiri are readily available in convenience stores across Japan and are great for a quick and easy snack. Aesthetically pleasing and really tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch.
65g cooked japanese rice
1/4 sheet nori seaweed
pinch of salt
shiso perilla leaf (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)
How To Prepare
Begin by cooking the Japanese rice according to our sticky rice recipe .
With a small amount of salt sprinkled on your hands, mould the rice into small balls or triangles approximately 8cm wide.
Create a small hole in the centre of the rice and put in your choice of ingredients.
Using a sheet of nori seaweed, wrap up your ball of rice.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds or cut up shiso leaves on the rice for a little extra flavour (optional).
Your onigiri is now ready and will be a perfect addition to your bento lunch box.
Tips and Information
If you are not sure about making onigiri with your hands or handling hot rice you can use a piece of cling film to mould the rice.
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