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The Basic Onigiri 3x1

Onigiri

There are three basic types of Onigiri or Omusubi. The most common is the triangular Onigiri, but there are also round and cylindrical onigiri.

Of course it`s up to you which type of Onigiri you prefer. But choosing different shapes and decorations leads to the most beautiful and funniest compilations. These are no limits to your imagination. In Japan, one often finds onigiri that have faces to look like animals, that are elaborately decorated or are colorful figures of the fables.


Sankaku Onigiri (triangular)

Onigiri

The triangular onigiri are the most popular form of onigiri.
First: moisten your hands!
Should the onigiri easily fall apart your hands or the rice were too moist.
Form with your right hand the lower edge and with your left hand the tip. Then press the onigiri into your left hand, while you squeeze the top with your right hand. Finally, you smooth the sides of the rice ball.

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Tawaragata Onigiri (cylindrical)

Onigiri

Cylindrical Onigiri are mainly prepared if you want to put them into a bentobox.
First: moisten your hands!
Should the onigiri easily fall apart your hands or the rice were too moist.
You form these by shaping a curve with the right hand, while you rotate the rice ball in the left hand. Finally press the onigiri with thumb and forefinger at the same time above and below to flatten out the top and the bottom.
It is easier to form a narrow cylinder first. With some practice, you can also shape wheel-shaped onigiri.

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Marugata Onigiri (spherical)

Onigiri

Spherical onigiri are the easiest to form; mostly everyone has formed a snowball when young!
First: moisten your hands!
Should the onigiri easily fall apart your hands or the rice were too moist.
First form, with both hands, a rough sphere. Rotate it now in your hands and flaten the outside with the thumbs.

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1. Preparations 3. Recipes
Preparations Recipes