carrot kinpira onigirazu

4 servings — 20 minutes

An onigirazu is a Japanese rice ball sandwich, or a 'lazy onigiri'.

The word onigiri (or nigiru) means to press into shape using your hands, while razu means the opposite. Free form onigiri. This is perfect for people who have a hard time making rice balls. Onigirazu has the same great taste, without the fear of imperfection.

This recipe is perfect when you don't have the right type of rice available for onigiri. You can use just about any type, we tested it out a few different kinds. The seaweed wrapping will keep it together, thus eliminating the need for sticky rice.

We seasoned the rice with miso for added flavor, and filled it with carrot kinpira—'kinpira' means sauteed (usually with a mixture of mirin soy sauce and chili peppers.) It's a sweet and spicy dish that the Japanese serve in bentos.

Inorganic arsenic(iAs). Rice can be a significant source of iAs, especially brown rice because it is concentrated in the outer bran layer(bran is removed in white rice). Cooking the rice in excess water, say using a 1:6 rice to water ratio, reduces iAs up to 60 percent. [Source]. How to cook the rice?
Method 1: Boil 4 cups(1 cup of water for every cup of rice), add rice and boil for 5 minutes, discard the water, add 1 1/2 cups of fresh water back to the pot with the rice and bring to a boil, then lower to medium and cook until the water is absorbed.
Method 2: Regardless of the kind of rice you are cooking, bring a pot-full of water to a boil, add the rice and cook it like pasta(15 minutes boiling time for basmati), then drain the water out.
Note that soaking rice is also a good way to reduce iAs, but cooking the rice in excess water is a better approach.

kinpira carrot

maple syrup10 ml
mirin10 ml
soy sauce30 ml
sesame oil15 ml
chili pepper flakes2 g


short grain white rice1 cup
water350 ml
white miso15 g


nori sheets4