Oni-Giri (Japanese Rice Ball)


Oni-Giri (Japanese Rice Ball)

Onigiri must be made with sticky, short- or medium-grain rice, ideally steam-cooked japonica type rice. If you can’t get a hold of Japanese rice (also commonly sold as ‘susi rice’), Italian medium-grain rices uses for risotto like vialone (which is the most like Japanese urichi-mai), arborio and so on can be used.


1    rice
      1    nori (seaweed)
      1    seasoned rice vinegar
      1    smoked salmon
      1    wasabi paste
      1    salt
      1    sugar


Procedures: This Recipe is for the picnic rice balls that someone mentioned. They are
easier than sushi, don’t require a mat, etc. Don’t shy away from making
these. You don’t need to use raw fish. Indeed, these particular rice balls,
called Onigiri do not usually contain raw fish. These can be made with smoked
salmon or not as you wish.

To season the vinegar, add some salt and or sugar to taste. I don’t like
the sugar myself and leave it out. I also water down the vinegar a little
bit. If you don’t like vinegar, you can just use salt water or even just
plain water.

The Nori may be purchased in toasted sheets ready to use. It is widely available
. I’ve found it in local grocery stores here in North Carolina.
Cut the sheets into 4 – 5 cm wide strips.

The rice should be a sticky variety, like Kokuho Rose, but I have made
these successfully with standard American medium grain white rice. Prepare
as for steamed rice, allow it to sit in the pan, covered, after cooking for
about 1 hour before lifting the cover. Dump the rice into a bamboo vegetable
steamer or a wooden salad bowl, something that will absorb some
of the moisture. Fan the rice while GENTLY tossing it a few times. This
cools it so it can be handled and removes the excess moisture.

Have the salmon ready in 4 cm strips with as much wasabi dabbed on it as you’d
like. Once the rice is cool enough to handle you can begin. Wet your
hands with the vinegar. Grab some rice in the palm of one hand. Push a
strip of salmon into it. Form the rice ball by clasping your hands together
GENTLY. The idea is to form a nice triangular ball with flat faces. It’s fun
. You also don’t want to handle them too much. You don’t want to squash
the rice grains just stick them together. Once you’ve shaped the ball. Wet
one side of the Nori strip with the vinegar and wrap it around the flat
faces of the rice ball.

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