Vegan Sushi (maki)

Some might wonder what is there to fill into vegan sushi. Especially since most people link sushi with fish. I must say though that vegan sushi is really versatile and very tasty!

!Note: you will need a bamboo rolling mat for the sushi rolls. Alternatively you can use a thick towel covered with kitchen plastic wrap.

Ingredients

  • 6 nori sheets
  • wasabi paste

for rice:

  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2/5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • optionally mirin

for filling, any combination of:

  • tofu (fried, marinated or simple)
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • spinach
  • rucola
  • tofu (fried, marinated or simple)
  • seitan
  • carrots
  • paprika
  • asparagus
  • mushrooms (shiitake  or other types; fried, marinated or raw)
  • sprouts
  • sautéed zucchini
  • baby corn
  • pickled radish
  • fresh radishes
  • baked pumpkin (for the adventurous)
  • soy creme fresh
  • etc.

sauces, any combination of:

  • veganeese
  • teriaki sauce
  • soy sauce
  • soy sauce combined with rice vinnegar and cili oil

Preparation

First you should prepare the rice. For that put rice to boil at 1 rice : 1.25 water ratio and then lower the rice and let cook until all water is absorbed (around 15 min). While it is cooking mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small pot over the stove and stir until the sugar has dissolved. When the rice is done cooking, move to a wooden or plastic container, pour over the vinegar mix and mix with a wooden or plastic spatula.

While you wait for the rice to cool down, chop everything in long stripes so that you will have an easy time making the rolls afterwards.

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When the rice is cold you can start rolling the sushi. Place a nori sheet with the rough side up on the bamboo mat and cover it with a thin layer of rice, while leaving 1.5-2 cm edge free. Before each roll I dip my hand in water with a little vinegar, then spread the rice thinly on the nori sheet. Add the ingredients in a line on the opposite side like in the picture below and tightly roll everything together. The nori will automatically stick to the roll due to the moisture from the rice.

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You can roll all of them first and then chop them at the same time. I usually chop them in 6 but you can also chop in 8 pieces. To chop them better use a knife dipped in water mixed with lemon juice, and wipe it after each roll.

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Tip: You can have a nice tempura batter alternative by using gram flower, water and salt for deep fried sushi.

 

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