How to Make Inari Pouches

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How to Make Inari Pouches
Inari can be made at home. (inari-zushi image by askthegeek from Fotolia.com)

Inari is a sweet and delicious Japanese dish. To make inari, you prepare fried tofu skin (to form a "pouch") called aburage and stuff it with sushi rice, vegetables or mushrooms. Inari is a delightful treat and relatively easy to make at home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 0.454kg firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp mirin
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • Sushi rice
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut 1 pound of firm tofu into three even-sized slices. Deep fry the tofu in cooking oil until crispy golden brown. Drain and transfer to a plate covered with power paper towels to absorb the oil.

  2. 2

    Turn the tofu slices into pouches. Cut the tofu slices in half. Carefully scoop out the white part of the tofu with a spoon or butter knife. You now have the skin left over -- these are the aburage pouches. Dispose of the white part of the tofu or refrigerate for future use.

  3. 3

    Soften the aburage pouches and remove excess oil. Add 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup soy sauce and 2 tablespoons sugar to a pot and bring to a boil. Put the aburage pouches into the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Strain and transfer to a plate and let cool.

  4. 4

    Flatten the aburage pouches. Place the aburage pouches on a dry work area and use a rolling pin or rounded chopstick to flatten the pouches.

  1. 1

    Prepare the sushi rice. Put 2 cups of uncooked sushi rice into a pot. Add 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Partially cover the pot (tilt the lid so steam can escape) when the rice is boiling and cook under low-medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until the rice is fluffy.

  2. 2

    Transfer the rice to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons sugar and 3 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine). You can also add sesame seeds, vegetables or mushrooms to the mixture if you want. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Moisten your hands with water. Stuff the tofu pouches with the rice mixture and fold over the ends. Serve the inari with soy sauce (for dipping).

Tips and warnings

  • You can purchase all of the ingredients used to make inari at any Asian supermarket.

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