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Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

What you need: 

1 cup sushi rice
furikake (Japanese rice seasoning), to taste, optional
bean sprouts, thinly diced, to taste
1 cucumber, thinly sliced and diced
nori seaweed, to taste

What you do: 

1. Cook the rice after directions on the package, let it cool a bit, but not completely. If you like, mix with furikake.
2. Make sure to always have a bowl of water next to you while forming the onigiri (otherwise the rice will only stick to your hands). Take a handful rice and make a mold. Put the veggies into it and form balls or small triangles.
3. At the end, wrap with a small leaf of nori. Tastes best cold.

Preparation Time: 
apart from cooking the rice, maybe 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Furikake conists of fish flakes, which I will not eat.  Sorry.

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I love Onigiri but I like to fill them with mushrooms ^_^

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These Are so yummy!! I'd be reading manga and see these and wonder what they are, and now I know!! I like to use instant Miso Soup powder in lieu of furikake. The are probably the only rice dish I can prepare successfullyon the stove. :)>>>

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I added a pic. I make mine without vinegar, furikake, cucumber, or bean sprots though. The ones in the middle are filled with umeboshi and the ones on the bottom are basted in shoyu and scorched alittle to adhere the flavor.

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YUM.

Give it a try. It's actually not hard.
Really simple.
I did the same thing as yogaferret, with the plastic wrap, it's great.
I filled mine with mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds and tofu marinated in soy sauce. Yums.

:D

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I want to try this. However, I don't know if I could get the furikake seasoning. I don't know even what it is. Does anyone know if it will work if I just use regular sushi vinegar to flavor the rice? Just using plain rice seems a bit bland to me.

Normally, you put things inside onigiri - umeboshi, cooked eggs, fish, tuna and mayo, etc.Furikake is the dry seasoning you sprinkle on TOP.  You literally 'furikakete'.  It's not used for onigiri but can be a nice addition.  It often comes in many flavors too.

Traditionally, you mix the regular sushi vinegar in with the rice or apply directly to your hands just to make the rice easier to form.  :)

Actually you should use salt to flavour it, vinegar would be used to make sushi, these are onigiri which are meant to be made from plain rice or lightly salted rice, where as sushi is vinegared rice.

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I'm going to try these using cookie cutters as molds

http://lunchinabox.net/2007/07/02/tip-use-cookie-cutters-as-onigiri-molds/

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yum! i love onigiri.
I eat it for lunch almost weekly.

I love to fill it with roasted red bell peppers, avocado, pine-nuts, toasted sesame seeds, cucumber, tofu, cut-up inari (fried tofu) pockets and anything else thats sitting in my cupboard or fridge.

When shaping it really helps to have a bowl of warm water handy, keep your hands wet, and the rice won't stick.

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i mixed kimchi into the rice, because I had a giant thing of it and no clue what to make with it. I was scared of it at first (have you ever smelled kimchi? nuff said!) but it turned out awesome. 
To shape the onigiri, I used a slightly dampened piece of platics wrap placed inside a 1c measuring cup (with enough wrap hanging over edge of the cup). I filled it with the rice/kimchi mixture, and then brought the overhanging platic wrap together and spun it around, leaving a tight little ball of rice hanging from the bottom. From there you can shape it easily and with no mess. The first time I tried making onigiri, I thought I was gonna hand roll it and ended up wearing half of my rice instead. :)

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I want to try this. However, I don't know if I could get the furikake seasoning. I don't know even what it is. Does anyone know if it will work if I just use regular sushi vinegar to flavor the rice? Just using plain rice seems a bit bland to me.

Normally, you put things inside onigiri - umeboshi, cooked eggs, fish, tuna and mayo, etc.Furikake is the dry seasoning you sprinkle on TOP.  You literally 'furikakete'.  It's not used for onigiri but can be a nice addition.  It often comes in many flavors too.

Traditionally, you mix the regular sushi vinegar in with the rice or apply directly to your hands just to make the rice easier to form.  :)

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