Onigirazu is a kind of onigiri or rice ball. But, instead of shaping it with our hands compacting the rice, we use the rice as if it were the two halves of bread in a sandwich. That’s where its name comes from, which means “unpressed.”
In this case, you don’t have to form a ball or triangle when you add the filling. Here you have to put the rice on a sheet of nori seaweed, almost as if you were preparing makisushi, so to speak. But don’t worry because the technique is much simpler. You just have to place the rice on the nori seaweed and on top put the ingredients you want, add another layer of rice and fold the seaweed into a bag and cut in half.
Onigirazu is very fashionable in Japan because they offer a more complete bite and a more distributed flavor than onigiri. And it is that in the onigiri there is a greater proportion of rice, to the point that in some bites you only eat rice until you reach the filling.
Perhaps the only difficulty of onigirazu is to place the ingredients in a harmonious way so that when cutting they are beautiful.
Onigirazu – makes about 4
- 1 cup of brown rice
- 1.5 cups of boiling water
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2/3 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
- pickled ginger
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- lettuce leaves
- 1 handful of shiitake mushrooms
- 1 handful of oyster mushrooms
- 1 small red onion
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- nori seaweed sheets
- rice seasoning
Sushi Sandwiches Directions
- Add brown rice, boiling water, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce or tamari into a pot. Simmer until all of the water has absorbed.
- Prepare the avocado by slicing it, thinly slice the cucumber. Cut shiitake mushrooms into slices and rip the oyster mushrooms apart. Slice the red onion into thin slices.
- Add the onion to a pan with a little bit of oil and let cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions start to become tender. Add the mushrooms and cover with a lid. Once the mushrooms have softened, add the coconut sugar and a splash of soy sauce/tamari.
- Once the rice is cooked, add rice vinegar and rice seasoning to taste. Add about 2 tbsp of sesame seeds and let the rice cool for a bit.
- Place one nori sheet onto a flat surface and scoop some rice onto the seaweed. Pat down and start to layer your onigirazu with whatever you desire. Finish off with another scoop of rice before folding the edges in.
- Repeat until all of the ingredients are used up!
- Slice the sandwiches in half and enjoy!
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