Shiori's Cherry flavored Onigiri (Rice ball) 桜の花のおにぎりの作り方

Uploaded by sazantv on 30.05.2011

My cherry flavored ONIGIRI (rice ball) is ready to be served.
This is a nice food to bring to a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) picnic.
Today, we are going to make my Cherry flavored ONIGIRI (rice ball).
It has a slight cherry flavor and tastes delicious.
The ingredients are as follows;
Uncooked rice, water, Konbu (dried kelp), salted cherry flowers and salt.
Today, I will use an earthen pot for cooking the rice.
By using this, you can make the rice tender.
If you don't have one, an iron pot will be fine.
Now, let's get started.
First, let's cook the rice.
Wash the rice.
Add the measured rice into a large bowl.
Wash the rice with plenty of water.
Add ample water and wash the rice quickly.
Move your hand in a circular motion.
And, discard the first water immediately.
In doing so, the rice will have a good aroma when it's cooked.
Repeat this process 2 or 3 times.
The water becomes clear like this, after washing the rice 2 or 3 times.
Then, drain the rice in a sieve.
By draining the rice, you can cook it using the accurately-measured water.
Next, let's cook the rice.
First, add the washed rice into the earthen pot.
Pour the accurately-measured water.
Add a small amount of water which the salted cherry flowers are soaked in.
By doing this, it will give the rice a slight cherry flavor.
Add the salt.
Finaly, add the Konbu (dried kelp).
Let it soak for 30 minutes.
When making Onigiri (rice ball), it's good to use tender rice.
To make the rice tender, I add a generous amount of water.
OK, 30 minutes have passed.
The rice and the Konbu have absorbed enough water.
Next, cook the rice.
First, cook on high heat until it boils.
After boiling, reduce the heat to low.
Cook on high heat until it boils.
When it starts to boil like this. Reduce the heat to low.
Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
OK, 10 minutes have passed.
Turn off the heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes with the lid on.
10 minutes have passed, we can stop the steaming.
Open the lid.
It looks juicy!
The Konbu smells so good.
Remove the Konbu.
Turn over and mix the rice with a spatula.
By doing this, the extra steam can escape.
Next, make the Onigiri (rice ball).
Here's how to make it.
First, prepare salted water.
Wet both hands with the salted water.
Then, put the hot rice in your hand.
Be careful not to burn your hands.
Roll the rice while it's hot. It will help with the shaping and taste.
Angle the palm and make it into a triangle, like this.
Roll the outside tightly, but don't roll the inside too tightly.
Roll the rice in both hands.
Finally, Arrange the salted cherry flower onto the rice ball.
My cherry flavored ONIGIRI (rice ball) is ready to be served.
It's good to bring it to a Hanami picnic.