A popular snack or meal for Japanese is rice balls, or onigiri = おにぎり. These sometimes contain tuna or some other fish inside, or occasionally they are just plain rice, and can even be fried.
My friend taught me how to make these, and they’re fantastic. There is no way you HAVE to make these, so feel free to experiment, and let us know what you tried, and if it worked or not.
Ingredients (all ingredients can be found at your grocery store or Asian market)
1. “Sushi” grade rice (Nishiki brand is good)
2. StarKist tuna, Chunk Light, in water (it’s the healthiest tuna anyways)
4. Chinese chili sauce (optional)
5. Furikake (optional)
6. Seaweed paper (same thing used for wrapping sushi, also optional)
Take a cup of rice and rinse it until the water coming off of the rice is not so murky. This removes some of the starch and makes it a little easier to get sticky rice.
If you have a rice cooker, you’re in luck, because that’s the easiest way to make rice. Just follow the instructions for your rice cooker. If you’re like me however, and you’re not that lucky, you can make rice pretty easily on the stove.
To make rice on the stove, put the rice in a medium or large saucepan. Then pour some water in until the water is above the rice. Then take your hand, press it down on top of the rice, and if the water reaches the first knuckle on your fingers, that’s probably enough water.
Bring the rice to a boil, covered, and then simmer until much of the water evaporates. The rice will look sticky, and pretty compact when it’s ready.
While you let your rice cool a little bit, take the time to drain your can of tuna (or maybe 2 cans of tuna if you’re serving 3 people). After that, mix your tuna in a bowl with mayonnaise, and use the chili sauce if you like spicy foods, but use it sparingly.
After you mix your tuna, go back to your rice, put water on your hands (so rice doesn’t stick to it) and scoop it out with a rice paddle or big spoon, and spread it along your free hand.
Then spoon out some tuna onto your hand in the middle of the rice, and ball it together. Add more rice to it if needed or desired.
Pour on the furikake flakes if you want, and enjoy!
How do you make your rice balls? Leave a a comment below to let us know!