So, you have tried Sushi and now you’re in love with the novel taste of Japan. You may be contemplating making your own sushi, in your kitchen, so let’s dive right in and learn the art of making impressive looking sushi rolls.
Now, the very first step is acquiring the right tools and materials. Sushi making is an art that requires persistence, patience, and a lot of skills apart from the right kitchen equipment. Moreover, you need a separate area in the kitchen and special knives to handle the raw ingredients.
You will see that sushi making is much more than just a one-time experience. It requires a particular preparation method and certain requirements to make it a real experience. If you really want to become a sushi master you will need practice until you get perfect, and it’s going to take time.
So, without any further ado, let’s start making our sushi rolls!
First and foremost, collect and collate all the supplies that you’ll be needing for making sushi rolls. You should be able to find these ethnic foods aisle of the supermarket. Look out for the following:
Follow the direction given on the back of the rice package to cook it evenly. While it’s cooking, take 6 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of salt, combine these well and cook in a small saucepan over medium heat. Keep stirring until everything dissolves (do not boil). Remove from heat and keep aside to cool down.
Once the rice is cooked, pour the rice vinegar mixture over it and fluff it with the help of a fork. Rice is stickiest when cooled down and becomes easy to roll as well. An easy hack to roll it is – spread it out on a baking sheet. You can also cool it down and refrigerate it for later use.
Now comes the exciting part! We’ll show you a simple version of a sushi recipe that you can easily try at home. This one uses crunchy vegetables like carrots and cucumber but you can add fillings of your choice like avocado, crab meat, or some other veggies or fillings.
Julienne the veggies and set aside. Lay the bamboo mat flat on the counter on a plastic wrap. Lay the nori sheet on top and get the rice.
There are two techniques to prepare the rolls. One is the inside out rolls with rice on the outside and the other is nori on the outside and rice on the inside. You can choose whichever way you find comfortable. But it is easier when the Nori is on the outside so get the rice and spread a thin layer and some extra space at the end.
Now place your filling and vegetables in the center and roll the sheet as you firmly bind all the ingredients together in the roll. Gently squeeze so that everything sticks together and unfold the bamboo mat. Repeat the process until you’ve rolled the sheet of rice, seaweed, and veggies into a spiral, squeeze and seal!
Take a sharp knife and cut bite-sized pieces and arrange it on a serving plate. Top it with sashimi or avocado and set up a few sauces like soy sauce and spicy mayo for dunking the sushi rolls and voila, you’re done!
Being a pro in Japanese cooking techniques is not everyone’s cup of tea! Homemade sushi rolls can be a nice change and a great creative pursuit for you, but if you’re only interested in enjoying the tasty sushi rolls without the long-term commitment and hard work in the kitchen, head over to Wasabi or simply pick up your phone and order some delicious takeaways.
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