Sakura Onigiri (Cherry Blossom Rice Balls) Recipe

Sakura rice balls(Onigiri)

Onigiri (rice balls) 

Japanese onigiri (rice balls) are simple and casual foods made from hot rice. They are popular foods from children to adults in Japan. People usually eat rice balls for breakfast, Bento (lunch box), or snack. You can buy them at the convenience stores, some supermarkets and specialized onigiri shops in Japan. And you can find various fillings of Onigiri (rice balls). When You cook rice balls at home, you can put in the filling that you like. Popular fillings are salmon, tarako (salted cod roe), Mentaiko (spicy cod roe), ume (pickled plum), tuna, etc…

Sakura onigiri (cherry blossom rice balls)

Sakura rice balls need sakuracha (pickled Sakura) for fillings. They have a romantic and beautiful pink color, and hearty flavor of Sakura. So I sometimes cook them for Hanami (cherry blossom festival). It’s really simple and easy to make.

Recipe: Sakura rice balls

Ingredients (6 portions)

Ingredients for Sakura rice balls)
* 3 and 1/2cups (about 400g, 14 ounces) Steaming hot rice
* 3 tbsp sakuracha (pickled Sakura)
* 1 bunch green leaf vegetable, If desired
* 2 cups water
* salt, as needed

Directions

1, Wash the sakuracha and put it into 2cups water for 3minutes.

How to make Sakura rice balls 1
2, Wipe the moisture and chop Sakura into fine pieces. Chop the green vegetable and put the pinch of salt in it. Knead well and wipe the moisture.
Chop the ingredients for Sakura rice balls.

3, Mix the fillings with steaming hot rice.

Mix the ingredients for Sakura rice balls.
4, Divide rice into sixth.
Divide rice into sixths for Sakura rice balls.
5, Wet both hands with water and add a little bit salt. Squeeze the rice ball into the desired shape like triangular, round, oval, or cylindrically.
Squeeze the Sakura rice balls.
Enjoy smell of Sakura !

Sakura Onigiri (cherry blossom rice balls)

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