Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Onigiri, or rice balls, are easy to make and have major kid-appeal because the whole family can eat onigiri with their fingers or attempt it with chopsticks.
Onigiri, or rice balls, are easy to make and have major kid-appeal because the whole family can eat onigiri with their fingers or attempt it with chopsticks.

Onigiri

Yields 6

Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups Japanese short-grain rice
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  • 1 tablespoon minced purple basil
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  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
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  • 6 shiso leaves or nori
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  • 2 tablespoons gomasio

Directions:

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  1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
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  3. Remove pan from the heat. Add basil and toss with a wooden spoon, cover pan with a tea towel and set aside for 15 minutes.
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  5. Form rice into six balls or triangles, using your hands.
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  7. Brush with sesame oil and set on shiso leaves or wrap with nori.
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  9. Sprinkle with gomasio and serve.

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