Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Vegan Maki Sushi

This is my entry for JFI Rice, hosted by the lovely Sharmi of Neivedyam

Sushi is made from short grain Japonica rice. This rice is very sticky when cooked. Sushi means vinegar rice. Maki sushi is rice rolled up in a sheet of nori (seaweed), with filling; normaly fish, but vegetables like cucumber, avacado and pepper work just as well.


Ingredients
A. RICE
1 cup Sushi Rice
1 1/4 cup Water
2 tbl spn Rice Vinegar
1 tspn Sugar
1/2 tspn Salt

(yields - 3-4 large rolls or 8-10 small rolls
B: TheRoll
4 sheets nori (seaweed)

Filling 1:
2 pieces of cucumber - same length at the the nori sheet
8 pieces of red and yellow peppers
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Wasabi sauce
Filling 2:
2 pieces Yard long beans cut to size and steamsed for 5 minutes
strips of pickled ginger
Japanese plum sauce

sesame oil

You can use avacado too, I didn't as I made them the night before and I did not want it to go brown.

C: For serving
pickled ginger
soya sauce
wasabi sauce

D: Equipment
Bamboo sushi rolling mat
Really sharp serrated knife


Method
1. Wash rice and rinse well. Boil in water with a little salt for 10 minutes.
2. Leave for 15-20 minutes, keep the pan covered.
3. Place the cooked rice in a large pyrex / glass bowl.
4. Mix the vinebar, sugar and salt and slowly mix it into the rice, a little bit at a time, taking care not to break the rice grains.
Let the rice cool to room temperature
5. Meantime prepare the vegertables into 1/2 inch strips
6. Lay the nori sheet; shiny side down, on the bamboo mat
7. Place a large handful (with wet hands) of rice, and flatten, leaving a 1 inch space at the top and bottom ,
8. Make an indentation a third of the way, and smear either wasabi or plum sauce in the indentation, place the filling there and roll with the help of the mat. Stick the end with water.
The trick is to have everything ready, and then assemble. It is not that difficult, but not too easy either, after the first one it gets easier.
Cool the rolls in the fridge until required.
9. Slice rolls into 1/2 to 3/4 thick and serve with soya sauce, and wasabi paste for dipping.
Each person mixes their own dipping sauce in small dipping containers. Pickled ginger is served to clean the palate between different rolls.

21 comments:

Manasi said...

Vegan sushi!! how innovative!
Looks nce!
Say, isn't nori seaweed sheet?

Richa said...

looks delicious! that's a neat recipe! love the pickled ginger :)

bee said...

just gorgeous. j has been planning to make this for a while. thanks for the recipe.

Saju said...

Manasi, yes nori is seaweed sheet, didn't I make it clear? I will check it out.
thanks richa. yes I love pickled ginger too.
Bee, I am waiting for your sushi entry

musical said...

What a lovely contribution for JFI rice! i usually roll my sushi with avocado too.....and occasionally with diced mushroom! and i love pickled ginger too :).

evolvingtastes said...

Hi Saju, just saw your blog and wanted to compliment you on the gorgeous vegan sushi platter. They look so perfect. Have always wanted to roll sushi, must get round to doing it sometime soon.

Asha said...

Very nice!Almost the colors if Indian flag too!:))
Is Wasabi in there?! I love Wasabi.Looks great Saju.

Cynthia said...

This is a wonderful, original entry :)

Sharmi said...

Hey Saju, never knew Sushi can be so easy to make. lovely and very new to me. besides all that its vegan. I wish I could taste. It is tricolored too. too good!! Thanks for the great one.

archana said...

This is the first time I have seen sushi. Recipe looks nice. How do you eat it? without the nori sheets or with the sheets :)
Sorry for my ignorance :)

lakshmi said...

that is it? it sounds pretty straightforward!!!

thnaks, il ping you when i try this recipe

Saju said...

Thans everyone for your encouraging comments.
Yes Asha, you smear the wasabi with the veggies, before rolling.
Archana, you eat it with the nori sheets, - dip the sushi in soya/wasabi mix and pop the whole thing in your mouth!

Suganya said...

Do they look pretty or what? Gorgeous looking sushi.

Vcuisine said...

so creative post. Looks lovely. Viji

zlamushka said...

Very very nice. It is funny that i use exactly the same ingredients to make exactly the same sushi.
Saju, you are a very thoughtful cook. I am sue your vegan friends loved it. Canot wait for the rest of the recipes...

Dee said...

great recipe, my bro keeps talking abt veg sushi often and I just wrinkle my nose to it, I love the pics and it looks great ,I think i will try this!!!

Saju said...

Hey Dee, try it, it is not very hard and it is so tasty (though different)

Padma said...

Wow, thats a die hard vegan sushi recipe and your pics explains the rest....nice post!

Bharathy said...

I am learning more abt sushi lately these days,Saju...the vegan one looks perfectly new...that too with the colors of our flag!!:)Great post!!

SeeC said...

Lovely and unique contribution.
Thanks for the step-by-step pictures.

Hima said...

Love the picture of sushi. I don't eat them but my husband is AC for those. He just loves them so much. We did them today, I will post them soon on my blog but I must say, they are not looking as pretty as yours because of various reasons.

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