These aren't your typical rice balls. First, they're made with black rice, which has a nuttiness to it that does not compare to white rice. Then, it's mixed with black tahini for a depth of flavor that's indescribably delicious. Tekka, a miso-based Japanese condiment, is added to the mix to provide a deep, umami, and slightly smoky flavor. The finishing touch is a coating of sesame seeds. These rice balls make the perfect appetizer or light lunch with a side of greens and avocado.
Black Sesame Rice Balls [Vegan]
- 1 cup black rice
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons black sesame tahini
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional, but adds another level of flavor)
- 1 teaspoon tekka (see notes)
- 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons whole, raw sesame seeds
- Bring the rice and the water to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the water has been completely absorbed (about 30 minutes).
- Let the rice cool to room temp, then mix in the tahini, the tekka, and the sesame oil, if using.
- Lightly dry-toast the whole sesame seeds in a stainless pan over medium heat. Don’t overcook.
- Form the rice into balls the size of golf balls, then gently roll the balls in the whole sesame seeds.
- The rice balls will be somewhat fragile but will hold together well enough to pick them up and eat them.
Tekka is a miso-based condiment that can be found in most Asian groceries.