Making sushi is not as difficult as you might think. You don't need to go to your local sushi joint for delicious rolls because you are completely able to make this traditional Japanese food with a few ingredients. Here are five easy steps for making sushi at home.
1. Prepare ingredients
Here's what you'll need to make your own great-tasting sushi at home:
- 3 cups (645g) of sushi rice
- 3 cups (750 ml) of cold water
- ½ cup of rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 10 Seaweed papers, or sushi nori
- 1 Package of Cooked crab sticks
- 1 cucumber and 1 avocado
Apart from the ingredients above, other pieces of equipment you need to have include a rice cooker, a bamboo rolling mat and a sharp knife.
2. Start with sushi rice (also known as shari)
To make shari, firstly you rinse the rice well in a sieve under cold running water until the water runs clear. You should use your hands to move the rice about in the water bath so that it gives off any bran compounds or powder. If you fail to do this, your rice may be too sticky and smelly. Then you put the water with the rice into a rice cooker, turn on the machine and let it do its thing. When the rice is cooked, you transfer it to a large, non-metallic mixing bowl and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. While waiting for the rice to cool down, you prepare the sushi rice vinegar mix by putting the rice vinegar, salt, and sugar in a bowl and stirring with a whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve. After the vinegar mixture cooling to room temperature, you sprinkle it lightly in small amounts over the rice, gently folding to combine. Continue folding and fanning the rice for 15 minutes or until rice is cool.
3. Slice sushi ingredients
Firstly, you peel the skin off of the cucumber and slice it in half. Then you scrape out the seeds from the center of the cucumber (You can use a small spoon to do this). Next, you cut it to length in reference to the size of the seaweed paper and thinly julienne the cucumber lengthways. You can do this with a slicer or by hand. After all, you set ingredients in small bowls and arrange them for easy access in a line or circle.
4. Assemble sushi rolls
To make your sushi roll, first of all, you lay out your bamboo rolling mat that you can cover with plastic wrap to prevent rice from sticking to it. Next, you place a sheet of nori, shiny-side down, on the mat and dip hands in the vinegar water mixture to prevent sticking. Then you grab a handful of sushi rice and gently spread it on the seaweed, leaving about an inch of space at the top and bottom of the nori. The next step is laying a thin layer of crab meat, cucumber and avocado in a row on top of rice on the bottom third of the nori sheet. Start rolling the mat away from you, pressing as you go. Keep the sides even, and apply a little bit of pressure to make sure the roll stays together.
5. Serve and enjoy
Once the seaweed paper is completely rolled up, you remove the roll from the bamboo mat. Set it on a plate and let it set for a few minutes prior to cutting. To cut your sushi roll, place the finished roll on a cutting board and slice into disks about 2 cm thick, using a very sharp knife. Arrange your sushi on a plate and serve with wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger root to further enhance the roll's flavor, and enjoy.