California Nori Rolls
This is regarded as the basic Sushi roll that appears to be everywhere. Easy to make and you can use whatever you like as the filling.
5 1/4 cups dry sushi rice (or any short grain, sticky rice)
1 cup rice vinegar (or Namida® Wasabi Vinegar)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 package (ten sheets) nori (a type of seaweed)
vegetables of your choice: cucumbers, carrots, avocado, spring onions (scallions), celery, red or green peppers, etc.
optional: soy sauce, pickled ginger, Namida® 100% Pure Wasabi Powder
5 1/2 cups water
- Combine rice with 5 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
- Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
- In a non reactive bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt.
- Mix until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
- Drizzle over the rice and gently mix. (You may have to experiment with the amount of vinegar, sugar, and salt that you like.)
- Slice the vegetables in long thin strips.
- Now you are ready to roll! If you want to, you can use a bamboo mat (available at your local asian grocery) to help you roll, but I have found its fairly easy to use a piece of plastic wrap.
- Lay a sheet of nori out on a large plate or cutting board on top of the plastic wrap.
- Then spread on about 1 1/2 cups rice, pressing firmly until the rice is evenly distributed across the sheet. Leave the edge farthest from you uncovered.
- Lay the vegetables in a line from left to right across the center of the rice.
- Now starting with the edge nearest to you, roll up and over enclosing the vegetables. Wetting the far edge helps seal the roll.
- You should end up with a long roll, with the nori on the outside and the rice and vegetables in the middle.
- Repeat with the remaining nine sheets.
- To serve, slice crosswise into about eight pieces. Wet the knife to stop it sticking.
They are usually eaten with soy sauce with a little wasabi mixed in (or use Namida® Wasabi Soy Sauce). You can also eat nori rolls with pickled ginger, which is not as hot, but very tasty.