Colorful Rice Balls

Which one do you like?

Colorful Rice Balls
Colorful Rice Balls of Shibazuke pickles
Colorful Rice Balls of Shibazuke pickles
Colorful Rice Balls of wakame seaweed
Colorful Rice Balls of ume-shiso
Colorful Rice Balls of takuan pickles

 

You will make approximately 1 cups of cooked rice, which yields about 2 pool ball-sized onigiri.

  1. Mix cooked rice freshly 1 cup and ingredient 2 tbs such as below in a bowl.
  2. Run water over hand and sprinkle salt a little bit on your hands.
  3. Roll a half cup of mixed rice into a ball.

 

Shibazuke Japanese pickles
1. Colored by red perilla “Aka-Jiso”

“Shiba-Zuke”  a variety of Japanese pickles, main ingredients are cucumber, mioga, red perilla, and ginger.  One of three major pickles of Kyoto. (Senmai-Zuke, Suguki-Zuke, and Shiba-Zuke)

Shibazuke Japanese pickles on rice
Shibazuke Japanese pickles
2. Colored by green perilla “Ao-Jiso”

“Shiba-Zuke”  a variety of Japanese pickles, main ingredients are cucumber, mioga, green perilla, and ginger.  One of three major pickles of Kyoto. (Senmai-Zuke, Suguki-Zuke, and Shiba-Zuke)

Shibazuke Japanese pickles on rice
Wakame seaweed and salt
3. Green of natural Wakame

Seasoning condiment for cooked rice,  dried seaweed Wakame with salt, “Wakame Gohan no Moto”

Wakame seaweed and salt on rice
Yukari and salt
4. Purple of natural red perilla “Aka-Jiso”

Seasoning condiment for cooked rice,  dried red perilla with salt, “Yukari”

Yukari and salt on rice
Takuan Japanese pickles
5. Colored by turmeric or Gardenia jasminoides

Japanese Daikon radish pickles “Takuan” (mass-produced takuan is colored artificially)

Takuan Japanese pickles on rice
6. “Nori” is always the best friend with rice ball.
Cover it with shredded seaweed.
 
Rice ball covered by shredded dried seaweed
Shredded dried seaweed

Various ingredients are available instead of above, if you avoid the perishable.
For example, sesame, flake of grilled salmon, yolk of hard boiled egg, pickles, finely chopped boiled vegetables (drained), chopped cheddar cheese, etc.

 

・Kome
is a rice.  Japanese rice cultivated in Japan is almost all of Japonica varieties.  米(こめ) literally “rice”
・Gohan
is cooked rice.  Japanese people use the two terms quite differently, non-cooked rice and cooked rice.  ご飯(ごはん) literally “cooked rice”
・Onigiri
is a rice ball, made from white rice formed into triangular, round ball, or cylinder shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). お握り(おにぎり) literally “take hold”  * O is  the honorific.