Vegetarian sushi rolls are one of the most loved types of sushi. What’s not to love? Aside from sushi rolls being yummy, you gain health benefits from eating vegetables. What’s more, vegan sushi rolls also eliminate the risk of getting parasitical worms from raw fish – which is usually a main ingredient in non-vegetarian sushi rolls.
Sushi rolls are easy to make and are a great choice for healthy snack for you and your family; you can also prepare sushi rolls for friends coming to visit.
What’s great about vegetarian sushi rolls is that you have a wide variety of ingredients you can choose from to go with your sushi rice. Some of the most common ingredients are cream cheese, tofu, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, zucchini, eggs, pickles, and onions – and that’s just naming a few. Another good thing about personally preparing vegan sushi rolls is that you can mix and match the ingredients you want, according to your liking. The vegetables you can use for your sushi rolls are readily available in groceries and supermarkets; you can use combine different vegetables you want, and the possibilities are endless.
First off, to be able to prepare sushi in your own kitchen, you need bamboo mats or sushi mats, rice paddle, a kitchen knife, a clean damp towel, a strainer, and a cooking pot (where you can cook your sticky rice).
Once you have completed your cooking utensils, you need the basic ingredients for your sushi roll:
- Sushi rice – short or medium grain rice may be bought at the grocery
- Nori – seaweed sheets that will be used to wrap your sushi, available at the grocery
- Sushi vinegar – also available in most grocery stores
- Assorted vegetables of your choice
- Soy sauce (will be used for dipping)
Preparing the rice:
- Wash the rice thoroughly using cold water. Rinse the rice until the water becomes clear.
- Use the strainer to drain water from the rice.
- Place rice in the cooking pot and add 1 ¼ cups of water.
- Keep the heat to a low boil and stir from time to time.
- Bring mixture to a boil, and once it boils, reduce heat.
- Remove rice from heat once all the water has been absorbed.
- Cover the rice and let it stand for a few minutes.
- Transfer the rice in a mixing bowl and add sushi vinegar. Use rice paddle or spoon to mix it well.
- Cover the bowl with clean, damp towel and let it cool down.
While waiting for the rice to cool, prepare your sushi fillers:
- Wash and peel the vegetables you’ll use.
- Slice them horizontally, into narrow strips.
- If you’re using cheese, slice them into narrow strips as well.
Now, you’re ready to roll!
- Lay the bamboo mat on the table; make sure that the sticks are positioned horizontally.
- Place a sheet of Nori over the bamboo mat.
- Spread a thin layer of sushi rice over the Nori.
- Put your vegetable fillings horizontally near the middle of the rice. Don’t put too much fillings to make the rolling easier.
- Gently roll up the bamboo mat, make sure that you roll it firmly.
- Squeeze the mat gently once you’re done.
- Remove the bamboo mat.
- Slice the sushi roll into pieces.
- Serve with soy sauce and wasabi.
There you go, now you can make delicious vegetarian sushi rolls on your own. The next time you crave for some Japanese food, you can easily make one yourself!