Vegetarian Sushi

April 13, 2014 | No Comments

This is week 15 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks Of Cooking challenge. The theme this week is knife skills. When it comes to knife skills, I am just plum lucky I don’t chop fingers off every time I use one. With that said, I was going to do deviled eggs this week. Instead of a straight cut hard boiled egg white, I was going to do a fancy zig zag using a paring knife. Someone in my family(cough cough) thought that was a little lame.  When I really thought about it, I agreed, and decided to create something  not lame instead.  I am dedicating this Vegetarian Sushi post to my darling husband,  who inspires me every day.

This plate, chopsticks and chopstick holder is part of a set of two and was a gift from our dear Aunt Sue and Uncle Ben Barnes. Sue and Ben, thank you again for giving us these wonderful date night dishes.

I did not lose a finger slicing these veggies, in case anyone was wondering.

Have a small bowl of water, and vinegar handy, so you can wet your fingers for easy rice handling, and spreading rice. My rice was not as thin a layer as I would have liked, but with practice I will get there. When you are rolling sushi, flip the image above, and have the rice portion closest to your body, and roll away from yourself, as the photograph below shows.

I did not show it but you are going to use the plastic wrap and the bamboo sushi roller to help you roll the sushi.

Slightly wet the nori wrap as you roll the sushi, so the nori wrap rolls tightly into itself. Don’t forget to flatten out the plastic wrap so it is ready to use for the next roll.

Cut the tight sushi roll in half with a sharp, clean, slightly wet knife. The knife will slice more easily through the roll if it is wet and clean.

Cut those halves in half to make four pieces. Half these four pieces of sushi again, and you will have eight bite sized pieces as shown in the first picture.

I thinly sliced ginger with the grain, and pickled it in red wine, a pinch of sugar, and seasoned rice wine vinegar for two hours. It was very fibrous, and really sharp and spicy, and not completely edible. Next time I will use a mandolin and slice the ginger against the grain and pickle it for at least 24 hours if not longer.

I hope I have inspired you to practice your knife skills.  Please make and enjoy this vegetarian sushi with your family and friends.

Vegetarian Sushi
  • 1 package of Sushi Nori seaweed wrappers (10 wrappers)
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced into long strips
  • 2 green onions sliced thinly into long strips
  • 1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced into long strips
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and seeded and thinly sliced into long strips
  • large avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 large red radishes, thinly sliced
  • Tamari, soy sauce, Bragg Aminos, or coconut aminos (optional)
  • Wasabli power or paste (optional)
  • Pickled ginger (optional)
  • 3 cups uncooked glutinous white rice (I used Jasmine Rice)
  • Place hand flat on top of rice
  • Fill water til it just covers hand
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • bowl full of 1 cup warm water and 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (for dipping fingers in)
  2. Measure rice and place in inner cooking pan of rice cooker
  3. Place correct amount of water per rice in exterior pan
  4. Rinse the rice under cool tap water until water runs clear
  5. Place hand flat on top of rice
  6. Fill water til it just covers hand
  7. While the rice is cooking, make sweet vinegar to pour over cooked rice
  8. Stir the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves
  9. Set aside sweet vinegar mixture
  10. When rice completes cooking, place the rice into a large, wide, shallow non metal dish (vinegar may react with metal)
  11. Pour the sweet vinegar mixture evenly over the rice and mix/cut in using a spatula
  12. The sweet vinegar seasoning must be mixed while the rice is hot
  14. Place a piece of plastic wrap on your sushi mat
  15. Place a sheet of nori on your plastic wrap
  16. Sheets of nori have a rough side and a smooth side
  17. Place the nori so that the rough side is facing up
  18. With slightly wet fingers, pick up a handful of sushi rice
  19. Spread the handful of sushi rice on top of the nori
  20. The rice should evenly cover from 1 inch to the near edge to about 3/4 of the way to the far edge of the sheet
  21. Start by placing the ball in the middle of the sheet of nori, and spread it out evenly
  22. Use your fingers to spread the rice onto the nori
  23. Keep your hands wet with a mixture of water and rice vinegar
  24. Do not press or mash the rice, or it will not stick properly when rolling
  25. Place your ingredients in a line, starting on the near edge of the rice layer
  26. Each ingredient should be in its own line
  27. I used carrots, cucumbers, green onions, red pepper, radishes, and avocado
  28. Hold the edge of the mat with your thumbs
  29. Start with the edge that has your first ingredient next to it
  30. Lift the nori and fold it over the first ingredient
  31. Make sure to keep the ingredients in place and that the rice sticks together
  32. Tighten the roll
  33. You will need to tighten the roll to keep ingredients from falling out when you cut it
  34. Remember to tighten the roll with your sushi mat often, but not too tightly
  35. Roll the sushi roll back and forth in the mat to tighten and seal it
  36. Allow the roll to sit for a minute before cutting it
  37. You can use this time to make your next roll
  38. This waiting period allows the nori to slightly moisten from the rice, which makes it less likely to tear
  39. Cut the roll into eight pieces using a sharp, wet knife
  40. Serve with wasabi and pickled ginger if you like
  41. Enjoy!

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