Onigiri is one of the most iconic Japanese foods. It’s a single rice ball pressed into the shape of a triangle. Onigiri typically has some kind of filling at the center, but they don’t always need to so it’s possible to have a nice plain one if you don’t fancy anything special. The fun thing about this type of rice-ball is the face that you can do whatever you like with it. Take a look at some of these examples for inspiration!
As you can see from the above image, it’s possible to create Onigiri from almost any type of rice. For this one we used an adapted version of the African “Jollof Rice” which doesn’t include meat. You can also create a rice triangle from another classic, Rice and Beans.
It doesn’t have to be quite so simple however. Take a look at the above picture from Elephantastic Vegan. It’s a Parmesan crusted rice-ball with a peanut butter center. It doesn’t look too fancy but it’s a solid idea for how to make some Onigiri.
If you’d rather go for a simple rendition of the delicious snack then Wander Cooks has the perfect recipe for you. It’s a simple rice recipe using sushi rice to ensure the ball sticks together.
Making more traditional Onigiri is also a good option, especially for those who enjoy fish. The Noob Cook has several nice recipes for you to check out if you’d like to go down this route.
Making Onigiri is pretty simple even though it can sound a little complex to begin with. All you need is rice and a filling if you decide to have one. While sushi rice works best to ensure the triangle doesn’t fall apart, any type of rice can be used. Just don’t expect it to stay in one piece for long!