In honor of his birthday, yesterday, here is the recipe of his favorite food that I make: Mexican Vegetarian Sushi.
I decided to become vegetarian to not support factory farming practices; secondly because I love animals and could never kill one myself; and lastly to be more healthy. As a result of this you would think that I miss meat, but I really don’t. The only thing I really miss is fish, specially in sushi! The only two reasons I choose to stay vegetarian and not become pescetarian is to not support the deterioration of our seas and because the alternative (fishing farms) is just too cruel and unhealthy. Luckily, I created a solution to my sushi craving: recipe for vegetarian sushi.
My vegetarian sushi won’t be found in a restaurant, has mexican ingredients, and it’s truly vegan, except for the spicy mayo. It is also a nice alternative for non-shushi-lovers. Trust me on this, this sushi has turned many non-shushi-lovers into sushi cravers. I hope you enjoy it!
Yields: approximately 4 maki rolls
1 cup sushi rice
1 1/4 water
2 tablespoons of sushi vinegar (if you can’t find, use rice vinegar with a pinch of salt and sugar)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped jalapeño (seeds and veins removed)
1 medium sized cucumber
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds
8 toasted nori sheets
For Mexican Spicy Mayo:
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (vegan mayo if preferred)
1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce
3 tablespoons of my Salsa de Jitomate
Unagi (eel) Sauce
I’ve found that this sauce is actually not really made from eel, yay!
- Wash your sushi rice very well under cold water, until water runs clear.
- Place rice in a pot and add water. Bring water to a boil under high heat and immediately lower heat to lowest setting and cover.
- Cook rice for about 10 minutes until water is dissolved then turn off heat and leave covered for about 20 minutes. IMPORTANT: NO Peeking!!! You want all of the steam to finish cooking the rice until soft.
- In the meantime, chop your onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Set aside for later.
- Cut your avocado in half and remove the pit. Now using the tip of your knife slice your avocado while it’s still in the skin. Once sliced, take a spoon and gently push it in closets to the skin and scoop it out. This will allow you to remove the avocado from the skin and the slices will be perfect. Do the same with the other avocado half.
- Cut your cucumber in half (long ways) and remove all the seeds with a spoon. Now julienne them a little thick.
- Your rice should be ready by now. Open the lid and move to a large container, preferably a wood bowl where you can spread out your rice.
- Add the sushi vinegar over the rice and mix. Fan out your rice until cooled (don’t let it become cold).
- Now you are ready to make your maki rolls:
- Place a nori sheet on top of your sushi mat.
- Wet your hands with cold water so rice doesn’t stick to you.
- Add rice and press onto your nori sheet covering almost all of it. Make sure you get all the edges too. Leave a 1/4 of an inch section on the bottom without rice (will help adhere when rolled).
- Sprinkle sesame seeds all over your rice.
- Add your ingredients: avocado, cucumber, cilantro, onion, and jalapeño.
- You are now ready to roll! Make sure you are rolling tightly. When you get to the end, add water with your finger to the 1/4 inch of the nori with no rice. Roll all the way and tighten with your sushi mat.
- Cut your roll into pieces
- For the Mexican Spicy Mayo: Mix mayo, Sriracha, and Salsa de Jitomate all together until completely blended.
- Top your sushi pieces with eel sauce and your spicy mayo.
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