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Rice Balls

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Rice balls are called onigiri in Japanese. They are usually shaped into rounds or triangles by hands. Fillings can vary, so it's good to use your favorite fillings.


  • 4 cups steamed Japanese rice
  • salt to taste
  • black sesame seeds
  • strips of dried nori seaweed
  • for fillings (optional):
  • ume (pickled plum) / grilled salted salmon (small chunks) / katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) seasoned with soy sauce


Put about a half cup of steamed rice in a rice bowl. Wet your hands in water so that the rice won't stick. Rub some salt on your hands. Place the steamed rice on your hand and put your favorite filling, such as umeboshi or grilled salmon on the rice. Push the filling into the rice lightly. Hold the rice between your palms. Form the rice into a round, a triangle, or a cylinder by pressing lightly with your both palms. Roll the rice ball on your hands a few times, pressing lightly. Wrap the rice ball with a strip of nori or sprinkle some sesame seeds on them.

Makes 8 rice balls.

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 5 out of 5
The day i fell in love with the rice ball, Member underyourmamasbed99

it was in a spring afternoon the day i saw the light, the day i started to see life in a different perspective. i still remember that when i woke up i though i was dead beacause i couldnt see the good in people so i started to make rice balls just to kill time thats when i had a vision of future i saw the darkness that was eating away our soul so i was like O NO MY GODISH!!!!!!!!! at that moment my pipirupu felt ichie so i wanted to scratch I LOVE RICE BALL

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