How to make Omusubi (rice balls)
hot rice is an essencial point.
Add a teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water. Put salt water on both hands
to prevent sticking (temizu). Remember to put salt water on both
hands before making each rice ball. Put about a handful of rice into a small
bowl and shake bowl to make a roughly round shape before packing with hands
into a ball (Fillings can be set in the center). Make sure you tightly pack
while forming the rice ball to prevent crumbling. If too tightly packed
it is not tasty.
Triangular Omusubi (This is a suitable form for any filling)
Hold rice in left palm (or right, if left-handed). Fillings can be set
in the center of rice and covered. Using other palm with slightly bend fingers
and hold together on top to pack rice. The upper palm forms a triangle while
the lower hand holds the rice in between the thumb and fingers widthwise.
Repeat packing three times to form a triangular omusubi.
Same as Triangular. Use upper palm roundly bent.
Same as Round. Use lower palm also roundly bent.
Tawara (straw bag) Omusubi
Shoud be small (2 bites size) to look neat. It is too small to put fillings
in the center, so mix fillings together with rice for easy making. Hold
rice in left palm (or right, if left-handed) and gently squeeze into the
form of a log. Use top palm to hold widthwise and roll with both hands.
Kinchaku (purse) Omusubi
Cover a small bowl entirely with plastic wrap and place rice on top.
If desired, add fillings to the center and cover with rice. Hold rice together
by picking up the edges of the plastic wrap and squeezing lightly to pack.
This is an easy to make with small portions of rice. Freeze as is and heat
in a microwave oven prior to eating.
|Hold rice in left palm.
||Fillings can be set in the center of rice and covered.
||The upper palm forms a triangle while the lower hand holds
||Repeat packing three times to form a triangular omusubi.|
|Hold rice in left palm and gently squeeze into the form of
||Use top palm to hold widthwise and roll with both hands.
||Fillings can be set in the center.