Onigirazu is a Japanese dish made of rice, nori sheets and filling and is shaped into a flat rectangle. It looks like a sushi sandwich. It can be made a day ahead (just don’t cut it in half until you are ready to serve) and it makes for a wonderful, nutritious sandwich alternative in your child’s lunchbox. There are so many different variations that will work, but in this example we have used our chicken, mushroom, oregano bites for a delicious and nutritious lunchtime treat.
3 cups of warm sushi rice (Japanese short grain). Follow the preparation instructions on the packet.
4 sheets nori
1 tub of Tummy Thyme chicken, mushroom, oregano bites
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, skin removed and thinly sliced
Kewpie mayonnaise (or mayonnaise alternative, like vegenaise)
Black sesame seeds to sprinkle (optional)
1. On a clean board, lay a large square of plastic wrap (it needs to be bigger than the nori sheets)
2. Place 1 sheet of nori, rough side up, in the centre of the plastic wrap
3. At a 45 degree angle to the nori paper, mould a 10 cm square of the warm rice in the center of the sheet (approx 1/3 cup rice) and gently flatten.
4. Begin building your Onigirazu (being careful not to overfill), by layering a few of the chicken, mushroom, oregano bites, some sliced carrot, cucumber and avocado pieces, a generous drizzle of mayonnaise and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Then top off with additional rice to cover the filling.
5. Fold the corners of the nori paper to meet in the center of the rice, then wrap tightly with the plastic wrap.
6. Leave to sit for at least 10 minutes so that the moisture of the rice can bind with the nori sheets.
7. In the meantime, repeat with the remaining rice and fillings.
8. Slice in half & serve or pack in your child’s bento box for a delicious lunch!
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