Rice balls are a common snack enjoyed in Japan. There is no sugar, high in nutrition and easy to eat. Maybe they should become popular here.
There are a number of ways to make rice balls. You need short grain brown rice, and umeboshi plum paste, wasabi nori. Cook up the rice as follows:
1 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed
2 cups filtered water
Bring to boil. cover and turn heat down to simmer and cook 40-50 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Cool mixture.
One way to make rice balls: You hands will need to be wet to handle the rice. Take a small amount of rice and make a “well” with you finger. In the well put a small amount of umboshi plum paste and close the rice ball, much like you would make a snow ball. Keep it about 2 inches. Wrap in wax paper.
Another way to make rice ball is with nori sea weed wrap. Trader Joe’s has a great wasabi nori wrap that is cut in small snack size. I put a little short grain brown on the nori and wrap. You seal the nori by wetting one end with water and smooth against the wrap.