Indy Power: Get your sushi fix with these spicy, vegan rolls
Get your sushi fix with this spicy, vegan version of the traditional Japanese delight
Spicy Avocado Rolls
Making sushi at home is such a fun night in and these are my favourite vegan rolls.
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Gluten-free & vegan. Makes 4 rolls
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 nori sheets
Pickled ginger (optional, to serve)
For the sushi rice:
500g sushi rice
2 tbsp sushi seasoning or rice wine vinegar
For the spicy mayo:
1 tsp sriracha
25g vegan mayo
1. Cook the rice according to the packet. Set it aside to cool.
2. Whisk together the sriracha and vegan mayo. Toast the sesame seeds on a pan on medium heat until golden.
3. Slice the avocado.
4. Drizzle the sushi seasoning or rice wine vinegar over the cool rice and fluff it with a fork.
5. Using a bamboo sushi mat, place a nori sheet on the mat, rough side facing up. With damp hands, place about 2 heaped tablespoons of rice onto the bottom of the sheet. Use your fingers to spread and press the rice evenly over the nori, leaving about an inch and a half with no rice at the top.
6. Place the avocados in a line, about an inch from the bottom of the rice. Add a small amount of wasabi too.
7. Bring the mat up and tightly roll over the filling. Roll forward tightly until all of the rice is enclosed. Use your finger to wet a line along the top of the nori, then finish rolling.
8. Use a damp, sharp knife to cut the roll into individual pieces. Drizzle over the mayo and finally sprinkle with sesame seeds.
I’ve mentioned before about my love for a good Asian-market haul and this recipe is the perfect excuse for you to head to your local one and stock up. You can get everything you need in a good supermarket (Dunnes in particular), but authentic ingredients make a big difference, and real-deal sushi seasoning vinegar, nori and pickled ginger will take your rolls to another level. When you’re rolling your sushi, think of the first roll like the first pancake and improve on the next one — you’ll get better each time.
I can’t think of sushi without fantasising about my favourite sushi restaurant ever — Hamasaku in LA. I’ve been lucky enough to go there a few times and it always lives up to my last memory. It’s not much to look at from the outside and it’s not cheap, but wow is it worth it. The menu reads like film credits, with rolls named after celebrity regulars. They’re creative, insanely delicious and each one is better than the last — my top three are the Fox Roll, DJ Spider and the Rick Castle. If you’re ever passing through LA, it’s worth a detour to west LA, and they do takeaway if there are no seats. I’m tempted to book flights just thinking about it!