Color the rice with egg yolk for Shimajiro, everyone's favorite tiger character.
Here's a "Hana-chan" version made with kabocha squash.
Prepare the boiled egg or microwaved kabocha squash. You could also use leftover stewed kabocha squash.
Set aside some white rice for the lower part of the face, then mix the rest with the egg yolk or kabocha squash. Mix in some salt and combine until the color is evenly distributed. Setting aside some colored rice for the ears, shape the upper half of the face.
Shape the lower part of the face from the white rice and connect it to the upper part. Shape the ears and attach them to the head.
Cut out the eyes, mouth, and other parts of the face from the nori seaweed, and place them on the rice. Use white rice grains or cheese for the white part of the eyes.
If you want to make a Hana-chan, add eyebrows, a ribbon, and cheeks.
Story Behind this Recipe
Most of the recipes for coloring rice for the face used egg yolk, so I came up with this recipe for my son who is allergic to eggs.
If the flavor is bland, it may not be tasty enough, so I added a pinch of salt to the rice. Adjust the amount of salt to taste. Since I used just a small amount of kabocha pumpkin, I used a microwave to cook it.
Add the nori seaweed and other facial features after the rice cools a bit.