Tutorial submitted by Herban Life Style
While shopping at Hana Market in DC, I picked up some supplies to make onigiri, with the idea that I would try my hand at making these simple, delicious rice balls. This included short-grain brown sushi rice, large flat sheets of nori (dried seaweed), furikake (in this case, a dried mixture of sesame seeds, shredded nori and salmon), as well as a set of onigiri molds.
I started by cooking the rice according to the package directions. It came out perfectly, with enough stickiness that the rice would hold together, without being too gummy.
I then pressed enough rice into a wet heart-shaped mold to fill it half-way deep. It’s important to wet the mold each time to keep the rice from sticking to it.
Then added more rice to fill up to the top of the mold.
Then I placed the top of the mold over the rice, and pressed down to compact it.
I then took off the top of the mold, flipped it over, and pressed on the bottom to release the onigiri.
Et voilÃ !
I then decorated it with a band of nori for visual interest!
It was so easy, and so fun, I tried some different variations. This one has a small amount of cooked salmon.
rice with furikake mixed in. And I also mixed some furikake into the remaining rice to make it look more festive. This also adds some interesting flavor and texture to the plain rice.