Here is a really easy sushi recipe, it’s suitable for vegans also. This sushi roll type in the picture is called Uramaki, it is a Western-style sushi and it means inside-out roll (that rice is on the outside and nori is inside). Personally I prefer these rolls to ordinary norimaki rolls, cause the rice structure seems to be lighter in this way. Uramaki is a roll with two or more fillings and for the vegan version I used avocado and cucumber. But I believe that the limit for the filling of sushi roll can only be the imagination or personal flavors.
Basic you need for the sushi (for 10 rolls for about 10 people):
- 10 nori sheets
- 500 g of sushi rice
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- salt for the rice
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- sesame seeds
- soya sauce
- pickled ginger
- 1 bamboo mat
- sharp knife
The ideas for the filling:
- vegan version: avocado, cucumber, sesame seeds for decoration
- California roll: avocado, crab stick, roe for the decoration
- Philadelphia roll: raw or smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, avocado
- My personal favourite: crab stick, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese and sesame seeds for decoration
Start your preparation by washing the rice several times in cold water. For 500 g rice you need to add 700 ml of water. Cook over a high heat to boiling, if the rice has start to boil then lower the heat to average heat and boil it under the cover about 10-15 minutes. Do not raise the cover! after 10 to 15 minutes boiling, turn the heat down and let it stew 10 minutes. Still do not raise the cover. The water should be absorbed to the rice. Add rice vinegar to the rice and mix it gently. Let the rice cool down to room temperature. You can start rolling sushi.
Tip: take time to make sushi, because cooling down the rice takes time
Tip: if you buy sushi rice, then read the cooking manual from the package, because different rice may have different boiling times
Tip: you could use 2 bamboo mats to make turning around rice and nori roll easier
1. Add nori sheet on the bamboo mat, cover it with rice. Tip! Cover nori sheet properly from corner to corner, nori should be covered with rice evenly. That’s how you can take maximum from the material
2.Cover the rice with sesame seeds.
3. Place another bamboo mat (it may be the same mat, but another edge of the mat, as in the picture) over the rice and turn the material on the other mat. So now you start rolling sushi on another mat (or the other edge of the mat).
4. Place on the edge desired filling.
5. Start rolling. Tip! Try to roll quite hard, then the rice will hold together.
6. Cut the desired pieces. Tip! Knife should be sharp and after every cutting clean the knife with cold water.