Plant based Rice Balls (Onigiri)

Plant based Rice Balls (Onigiri)

Over the past year I had been spending a lot on everyday lunches. But heading back to university, I decided to save my lunch money packing by myself a lunch, just like back in school. Unlike school, however, I have grown increasingly bored of sandwiches. And since looking for plant based meals, I have found it difficult to find any decent tasty sandwich fillings.

I remembered back to when I was living in Japan, and the anticipation each day to have my lunch, rice balls! So this year I decided to play around in the kitchen and create my own plant based rice balls, or onigiri. Check out our recipe below:

Ingredients

Makes 4 rice balls

  • Avocado
  • 1 cup short grained rice
  • 3 tbsp sushi seasoning
  • Pine nuts
  • Nori sheets (Seaweed)
  • Sesame seads
  • Edamame beans

(Woolworths now sells frozen Edamame, so this is very exciting news for lovers of these tasty green beans!)

You will also need something to wrap your onigiri in. Although you can use glad wrap, we recommend either:

Reusable Silicone Onigiri Moulds
(available from Daiso)
or
Reusable Beeswax wraps
(read our article here)

  I personally recommend these reusable silicone onigiri moulds. Not only do you keep your hands cleans, they are much easier to mould and keep rice from falling apart in your bag.

I personally recommend these reusable silicone onigiri moulds. Not only do you keep your hands cleans, they are much easier to mould and keep rice from falling apart in your bag.

Directions

  1. Cook 1 cup of rice, with 1 1/2 cups of water.
  2. Combine sushi seasoning and sesame seeds with rice. 
  3. Cut nori into strips (approximately 3 cm x 10 cm) and either lay flat onto your wrapper or lining the bottom of your onigiri mould. 
  4. Lay the nori flat in your hand and place two spoons of the rice in your palm. If you are using an onigiri mould all you need to do is fill it half way with rice.
  5. Add fillings on top of the rice - avocado, pine nuts and edamame (beans only, not the pod). 
  6. Add two more spoons of rice (or fill the rest of your onigiri mould) and using your hands squeeze the sticky rice to the desired shape.

Wrap and you're ready to go!

 Feel free to add your own fillings and let us know what your favourites are!

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