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My 8 month old son loves to eat and wants to feed himself. He'll have nothing to do with the spoon. When he eats brown rice (sigh) it's a huge mess! So I'm trying to think of some way to make rice patties or balls so he can pop them in his mouth instead of making 'rice rain' while eating it.

Anyone ever made a rice patty or rice ball?
 

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If I overcook brown rice in the crockpot (with veggie broth) it tends to clump up. So my suggestion would be to slightly overcook it and form it into bite-size pieces.
 

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Very glutinous rice, ie. sushi rice, can be made into onigiri (rice balls, triangles, etc.). You can leave it plain or season it, or stuff it with something, and wrap in nori sheets or just a little piece of nori to create a place to hold onto. It is one of my boys' all time favourites.
When we were in Japan you could buy onigiri for 70-100Y (a little under $1) per piece at convenience stores for a quick meal or snack. The red beans flavour was one of my favourites. I also sometimes get other filling like: shredded seaweed, pickled plums, spicy mustard greens, miso scallion, or good old toasted sesame seeds.
I have some cookbooks with great onigiri recipes (even BBQ'd w/ miso). But here are a few websites I found that explains it if you're not familiar with it:
http://www.geocities.com/tpkamsin/fb...i/onigiri.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onigiri
http://www.recipezaar.com/60398
Also, inari (rice in fried tofu bags) is another good one. You'll often find these ready to buy at Whole Foods, but they're very easy to make as well:
http://www.afcsushi.com/menu/inari2.html

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I don't have much to add, except to say that brown rice is a less messy finger food than yogurt!! My DS used to LOVE eating handfuls of yogurt when he was a toddler!
 

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Originally Posted by veganf
Very glutinous rice, ie. sushi rice, can be made into onigiri (rice balls, triangles, etc.). You can leave it plain or season it, or stuff it with something, and wrap in nori sheets or just a little piece of nori to create a place to hold onto. It is one of my boys' all time favourites.

We literally grew up eating this in Japan. LOVE it!! ALL of my kids adore eating rice this way. They call it "rice balls" and beg my mother to make it all the time!
 

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Hi,

I buy a brand of brown rice called "California Sweet Brown Rice"
It cooks up a lot like sticky sushi rice. I use to roll it into little balls for my daughter and roll them in nutritional yeast. You could do them plain though.
She loved being able to pick it up!
 

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Sushi rice (Japanese style), arborio rice (Italian style), and any "sweet" or "glutinous" rice all stick beautifully. Stir while cooking, and any rice gets more sticky.

Another option: when the cooked rice is warm, mix in any soft-ish shredded cheese (jack, havarti, etc). Maybe 1/2 cup cheese to 1 cup rice or so. Then roll into rice balls. We have a skinny-minnie DD so that works for us.
 

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Thanks, everyone. I forgot about sushi rice & nori. What a fabulous idea! Yes, I have to admit though, I'm anal about the mess. Watch ds have fun mushing and throwing the rice balls! Well, at least it will be fun to make them. Nutritional yeast sounds like a great coating. I just got some because ds is allergic to cow milk and I haven't yet figured out what to do with the yeast yet.
 
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