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    Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

    Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls). Photo by Chef Nikko-san

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    30 mins

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    Moishe Lettvin (1)'s Note:

    Like Nori rolls but triangular.

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    Serves: 8


    rice ba ...

    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Cook the rice.
    2. 2
      Keep it warm, but let it cool enough so that it won't burn your hands.
    3. 3
      Cut each nori sheet into 9 strips.
    4. 4
      Wet your hands and sprinkle them with salt to prevent the rice from sticking to them.
    5. 5
      Mold a handful of rice into a triangular shape with an indentation in the middle.
    6. 6
      Press a piece of umeboshi into the indentation you left.
    7. 7
      Wrap the rice and umeboshi in Nori strips.
    8. 8
      Serve immediately or save for later.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 11, 2003


      Variations: (use plastic food wrap to help mold it, and to keep it off your hands.) fillings: *fuji`kko (preserved sea kelp? I don't know what this is called in english) *bonito flakes (katsuobushi) mixed with soy sauce to make a paste-like filling other variations: *furikake (stuff you sprinkle on rice, like flavouring) various flavours... (furi - "shake" ka`ke -"ontop") I use this for when I make rice, and I want to have a healthy and fast snack in class (I'm a university student). I usually make a batch of rice, and then make 4 or 5 of these, using a new piece of plastic wrap each time. The piece used for each becomes the wrapping for the o`ni`gi`ri, so you can just make it and toss it (not literally...) in your bag. (^_^)

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    • on May 02, 2011


      It is ESSENTIAL that you use the right rice here people or this won't work. Real sushi rice has a high starch content which makes it sticky. Really, really sticky! Sho-Chiku-Bai premium sweet rice made by Koda Farms is a great one to use. If you are lucky enough have an Asian grocer nearby you can find it there. If not it can be purchased online.

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    • on January 26, 2004


      My favorite comfort food!!! Makironi's suggestions were very helpful-- thank you! I like the bonito flakes and furikake suggestions, and using plastic wrap to mold the rolls is great. I am still practicing making the triangle shape, but the taste is always sensational. Yum!

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    Nutritional Facts for Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

    Serving Size: 1 (56 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 203.1
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 3.6 g

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