Tuesday, December 15, 2009
People love its salty taste, the gooiness of the rice and the fact that sushi is a much healthier alternative to other fried options. Sushi is also easy to make at home assuming you have the right equipment and fresh tasty ingredients.
Once you buy the essential sushi-rolling mat and special sushi rice, you’ll be set up for many more sushi meals. The sushi rice is readily available in most major supermarkets. There are few tips and tricks to keep in mind while preparing your homemade sushi.
What you’ll need:
• Sushi mat
• Sushi rice
• Fillings: avocado, salmon, tuna etc
Hand roll (temaki): Start with a half sheet of nori (seaweed). Place some rice to one side of the nori, (about ½" thick) and whatever topping you want on top of the rice. Then roll up the nori from the side with the rice on it so it looks like an ice-cream cone with rice and the filling sticking out of the top. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.
Basic sushi roll: Use a full sheet of nori on a sushi mat and place rice along the width of the nori about a quarter way down so that it covers a quarter of the sheet. Top with whatever topping you want such as avocado, salmon, tuna or egg. Fold the sushi mat over and make a cylinder-like roll.
These are just two types of sushi to get you started. Keep it simple and don’t pack too much rice into the roll. It’s also a good idea to keep your hand wet, so have a bowl of water close by that you can dip your fingers into when they get too sticky from the rice.