Onigirazu with Sirena Tuna
The child of a sandwich and a sushi roll, onigirazu is surprisingly easy to make, travels well and is packed with premium tuna.
- Time:Greater than 30 minutes
- To cook the grains, combine the brown rice, quinoa and wild rice a saucepan, rinse thoroughly and drain well. Add 1½ cups water. Place over medium-high heat, cover with a lid slightly ajar and bring to the boil, then reduce to medium and cook for about 30 minutes or until the grains are tender. Turn off heat, fluff the grains with a fork, wrap the saucepan lid in a tea towel, then place on the pan and let grains steam for 10 minutes.
- For the pickled radish, place the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan, and gently boil for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Pack the radish, ginger and peppercorns into a 1-litre (4-cup) glass jar. Pour over the vinegar and set aside to pickle while you make the onigirazu. Seal with a lid and refrigerate the remainder for up to 1 week.
- Combine the onigirazo vinegar and sugar, stir to dissolve. Combine with grains in large mixing bowl. Using a large wooden spoon, stir the grains gently and continuously, allowing the steam to escape until the grains have cooled.
- Place a 30 cm square of plastic wrap on a work surface. Place a sheet of nori in the centre like a diamond. Take ¼ cup grains and, using the base of the cup measure, pat into a 10 cm square in the centre of the diamond – this is important for folding. Pat the square so it's compact.
- Arrange a slightly overlapping layer of pickled radish on top of the grains. Arrange a single layer of cucumber, then 3 tuna slices, then a single layer of avocado. Season with sea salt and togarashi, and a generous drizzle of mayonnaise. Arrange another slightly overlapping layer of pickled radish on top.
- On a 13 cm square of baking paper, take ¼ cup grains and, using the base of the cup measure, pat into a 10 cm square. Quickly flip the grains onto the top of the stack, peel off the baking paper and clean up any loose grains.
- Tightly fold the bottom point of the nori diamond up over the filling, then the right point over the filling, then the top point and then the last point to make a neat, compact square. It helps if you have one hand holding the nori over the filling, keeping everything secure, while the other hand tightly folds in the other nori points.
- Wrap the onigirazu in the plastic wrap so it's tight and compact. Weigh it down with a plate for 5-10 minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
- Unwrap the onigirazu and using a sharp knife, cut in half.