These Japanese rice balls are simple yet tasty little snacks that are perfect for the kids lunchbox, finger food or even as a side with some salad for lunch or dinner.


Ingredients (makes 26 Balls)

  • 2 Cups Medium Grain Rice
  • 3 1/2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cubes Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Japanese Rice Seasoning (can be bought at any asian store)
  • Salt (to taste)

Method

  1. Rinse rice for about 2 minutes. Dissolve stock into a little hot water and add to the water for boiling rice. Boil the rice as per packet instructions. The stock will help to flavour the rice.
  2. Give the rice a quick rinse under hot water and transfer to a bowl. Add the Rice seasoning and some salt to taste. While the rice is still hot, using a butter knife fold the seasoning and salt though. Do not mush it.
  3. Wearing gloves as this can get messy and as the rice is still quite hot, roll rice into bite size balls. Store in a container or wrap separately in plastic wrap and freeze.

Notes... There are many seasoning flavours that you can buy. They can come in packets or small jars. Please note that the seasoning is quite strong and so you don't want to use too much. Medium rice is the best to use for this recipe. You want the rice to stick together. Using short grain rice will just become mushy and long grain rice won't stick together.

  • I reslly enjoy rice this would go down a treat

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  • What a great idea. Thanks for sharing

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  • These sound amazingly easy and yummy, would probably be a nice idea if served when having stir fried veges in sauce, in centre of table, help yourself style.

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  • My son loves rice these would be perfect

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  • Your japanese rice balls would be delicious as party food! Thanks so much!

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  • These sound quite interesting as well as child friendly

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  • What a great idea! Hopefully I can find the rice seasoning as I really want to try these. Thanks for sharing!

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  • A wonderful recipe idea; thanks for sharing!.

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  • great recipe thanks for sharing

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  • My daughters going to love these

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  • They seem a little boring and plain to be served in their own. Ok if your kids love rice tho. Maybe add some finely chopped veggies or ham or bacon….something for added flavour and interest

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  • Great little idea here…I think making them into a sushi type thing would work too…perhaps add a little tuna in the middle before rolling into a ball.

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  • Tried these just now…… gorgeous !!!

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  • Love Japanese rice balls, thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  • ah ha..i waslooking for rice balls…thanks.

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