Brown Rice, Edamame and Ume Rice Ball

Brown Rice, Edamame and Ume Rice Ball

Rice balls are a typical Japanese lunch. I am very surprised to meet many people who have been to Japan and are crazy about these rice balls. Although, I shouldn’t really be surprised, since my idea of the perfect ‘last meal’ is a white rice ball with ume and nori—that is how much I love rice balls. This version uses brown rice for an even healthier alternative!



  • 2 cups medium-grain brown rice
  • 4 tablespoons (80g/2.1/2oz) shelled frozen
  • edamame
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, grained white sesame seeds
  • 2 or 3 umeboshi (Japanese salted plum),
  • deseeded and broken into small pieces
  • Some sea salt
  • Nori, optional


1. Wash the brown rice.

2. Cook the brown rice with a pressure cooker or pot.

3. Once the rice is cooked, place all the ingredients, except salt, in a bowl and mix well.

4. To shape a rice ball, wet your hands and rub them with sea salt.

5. Take 1/6 of the rice and place in your hands. Hold the rice between your palms.

6. Working rapidly, form the rice into a triangular shape, by cupping your hand sharply to form each corner, and keep turning it until you are happy with the shape.

7. Repeat with the rest of the rice.

Tip: Wrap the rice ball with 1–2 strips of nori seaweed if you like that.


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