Vegetable sushi rolls for all ages

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the sushi

85ml seasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
150g short-grained sushi rice
375ml water
4 sheets toasted nori

For the fillings (choose 3 to 4)

1 kirby cucumber or 1/2 regular cucumber, seeded and cut into matchsticks
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 small yellow pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into matchsticks
4 spring onions, trimmed and cut into matchsticks
Soy sauce
1(10-cm) piece daikon, peeled, and cut into matchsticks (or pickled daikon or 6 red radishes)
1/2 firm-ripe Hass avocado, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise, sprinkled with lemon juice
Special equipment: Bamboo sushi mat
For the rice:

1) Mix together vinegar, sugar, and salt.

2) Rinse the rice in a sieve and drain. Put the rice and water in medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil over high heat, reduce heat to very low and simmer, tightly covered. (For a good seal wrap the pan's lid tightly with a small kitchen towel and cover the saucepan. Make sure the towel's edges are folded up well away from the heat.) Cook until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat (don't uncover) and set aside for 10 minutes.

3) Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer it to a large bowl. Add the vinegar mixture and toss with the rice, using a wooden spoon. Spread it out on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Fan the rice continuously with a fan or magazine until cooled. Cover the rice with a damp towel.

To assemble the rolls:

1) Place the sushi mat with the slats running horizontally directly in front of you on a clean work space. Lay a sheet of nori shiny-side down and lined up with the closest edge of the mat. Lightly moisten fingers with water, and evenly press about 1/4 of the rice onto the nori, with 3cm uncovered at the far edge.

2) Line up the fillings about 2.5cm from the closest near edge, evenly across the rice. Leave 2.5cm of rice uncovered at the far edge.

3) Beginning with the near edge of the mat, tightly roll up the nori, rice, and fillings into a cylinder. Firmly tug on the rounded mat over the roll as you pull on the far edge of the mat to tighten the roll. Open the mat, dab unsealed edge of nori with a bit of water and roll the sushi forward to seal.

4) Transfer the sushi to a plate and cover with a damp kitchen roll. Repeat with remaining rice and fillings.

5) Cut each sushi roll, crosswise, into 8 pieces with a sharp wet knife.

Serve with bowl of soy sauce for dipping.

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