Sushi: most likely the very first thing that comes to mind when you think of Japanese food. And when you think sushi, you probably think of raw fish. Some people might be wary of sushi because of the raw fish, but there are plenty of sushi recipes that have cooked meat (such as tempura) or don’t even have meat at all!
If you’ve been afraid to try sushi in the past, don’t worry, you can still enjoy it! Try making this beautiful mosaic sushi roll, completely fish free!
Recipe: Mosaic Sushi Rolls
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups freshly cooked Japanese rice (must be labeled as “sushi rice”, other types of rice won’t work!)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 10 sheets nori seaweed
*Coloring of your choice – the easiest choice is food coloring, but if you want it to be more natural, you can use mashed vegetables or spices to color instead. For example, mashed broccoli can make green, or tumeric can make a yellowish orange. Get creative and use whatever you can find!
To prepare the egg, whisk the eggs until well blended. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spread a thin layer of oil on the bottom.
Carefully pour 1/4 the egg down the middle of the pan,
then tilt the pan from front to back to create a spread out rectangle. It needs to be about the length of the roll.
Once the egg has cooked, gently roll the egg in on itself using a spatula. Remove from pan and repeat until you have 4 rolls.
Prepare your rice by mixing the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl, then pour it over the rice. Stir the rice until is completely mixed in and the rice looks glossy.
Divide the rice into three bowls. One bowl should have half, the next should have a little less, and the last even less.
Next, color the rice! I used one drop of coloring for the smallest, two drops for the middle, and three drops for the biggest bowl. The smallest amount will be the othermost color and the biggest amount the inner most color, so choose your colors with that in mind!
Now comes the hard part, actually wrapping the sushi. It will take a little practice, but don’t get discouraged!
(My first roll looked nothing like it was supposed to, so it happens to all of us! >.<‘)
Just remember to focus on keeping everything nice and tight!
Take a sheet of nori and spread a spoonful of the smallest bowl of rice along the sheet. It should cover about 1/6th of the sheet.
Roll it up until you have a complete circle of seaweed around the rice, then cut it apart from the rest of the sheet.
Next, take your second color of rice and spread it along the sheet. It should cover about half of the sheet. Place the first roll you made on the bottom, roll the it until it is completely circled, then cut it apart from the sheet.
Just to get a better idea of what we just did, let’s take a side view of the roll:
We have what looks like a target circle going on, with the seaweed dividing the three colors. What we are going to do is invert that circle to where the yellow rice is on the outside and the pink inside!
With a sharp knife, cut the roll exactly in half. To make sure you’re cutting exactly in half, be sure to look and see what you’re cutting! If you don’t see all three colors, you’re off! Position the knife so that it cuts through all three colors.
Now do the same thing with each half of rice, cutting them in half down the middle so you end up with four quarter circles.
Almost there, now put everything together!
Take another sheet of nori and place two of the pieces rice side down along the bottom. Focus on pressing them together as tight as you can get so the roll keeps its shape!
Flip the roll along the exposed side of the rice, then place the next piece and the egg along the middle. You can see from the side view we now have three corners.
Keeping everything tight, roll it again along the exposed side of rice, then put the last piece in place.
Press everything together to make sure it’s tight, then roll it up!
There you have it, one artistic sushi roll! Cut away the excess seaweed and the ends, then repeat the process with the remaining rice!
Now, enjoy your colorful mosaic sushi rolls~ nom nom nom~!
Recipe By Dani of OtakuFood.com