Maki Rolls

Maki rolls are a vegetarian relative of sushi. This recipe calls for cucumber, avocado, and carrots, but you can experiment with other ingredients as well.
Yield 4 rolls (2-4 servings)
Time 30 minutes
  • colander
  • saucepan with lid
  • medium bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • bamboo sushi mat (optional)
  • 2 small bowls
  • very sharp knife
  • 1 c short-grain white rice
  • 2 c water 
  • 2 T rice wine vinegar
  • ½ medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled (optional)
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 sheets nori (paper-thin sheets of dried seaweed)
  • 1 T wasabi
  • soy sauce
Directions Rinse rice well. Combine rice and water in saucepan, cover, bring to boil, lower heat to simmer, and cook without stirring until water is gone, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and cut into strips.

Put rice in the larger bowl and toss with vinegar.

Lay out a sheet of nori on the sushi mat, if you have one, or on the (clean and dry) counter. Spread a 2-inch wide strip of rice all the way across the bottom end of the nori, leaving ½ inch at the bottom. The rice layer should be thick enough that you can’t see the nori underneath it.

Place strips of vegetables on top of the rice, so that there is a line of each all the way across.

Beginning at the bottom, roll up the nori fairly tightly, but be careful not to tear it. When you get near the top, dab a stripe of soy sauce along the edge and finish rolling to seal the maki roll.

Once you’ve rolled all four maki rolls, slice them into 6 to 8 bite-sized wheels.

In the small bowl, mix wasabi powder with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Add soy sauce to taste.

Serve the maki rolls with the wasabi or wasabi/soy sauce as well as a dish of plain soy sauce for those who don’t like spicy stuff.

Notes You can put pretty much anything into a maki roll – here are some ideas:

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