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Video:How To Make Vegetarian Sushi

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Think sushi is too tricky to make at home? Follow these tips for preparing light and healthy vegetarian sushi from scratch and you'll be rolling in no time!See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Make Vegetarian Sushi

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I'm going to show you how to make vegetarian sushi. This is an elegant dish that is great for your health, and surprisingly easy to make at home.

Sushi Rice Ingredients

For the sushi rice, you will need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of uncooked short grain rice (sushi rice is best if you can find it)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup of sushi vinegar

Sushi Rolling Supplies and Ingredients

You will also need one package of seaweed sheets, or nori. Make sure to buy the large sheets and not the thin strips. You will also need a sushi mat for rolling the sushi and some vegetables to fill it.

Most any vegetable will work great. Today we are using cucumber and avocado.

Cook the Sushi Rice

Begin by adding the rice and the water to a large pot. Cover the pot and place it on the stove over high heat. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to low and let the rice cook for twenty minutes until all of the water is absorbed.

Prepare the Vegetables

Meanwhile, we will prepare the vegetables. Cut the vegetables into long, thin strips that will fit nicely into the center of the sushi rolls.

Prepare the Sushi Rice

When the rice is finished cooking, pour the vinegar over it and fold it in so that the rice is well coated. Let the rice cool until you are able to handle it with your fingers.

Assemble the Vegetarian Sushi

Place a sheet of seaweed on the sushi mat, shiny side down. Spoon some rice onto half the sheet of seaweed. Now you will want to wet your fingers so that the rice will not stick to them. Using your hands, spread the rice out over half of the sheet of seaweed. Make sure to get it all the way to the edges. Place some vegetable strips in the middle of the rice and press them down so that they are firmly settled.

Roll the Vegetarian Sushi

Place your thumbs underneath the sushi mat and fold the seaweed over. Use your fingers to tuck the edge of the seaweed firmly under the ingredients. Now, continue rolling until all of the seaweed is wound around the sushi.

Cut the Sushi Rolls

To cut the sushi rolls, you will need a sharp knife. Wet the blade of the knife so that it does not stick to the rice in the roll. Cut the sushi roll into pieces about three quarters to one inch wide. Between cuts, turn the roll one quarter turn so that it will remain round and will not get squished as you are cutting.

Serve the sushi with soy sauce and enjoy. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at food.about.com.
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