My absolute favorite Japanese meal – avocado mango makis! Before going vegan I used to eat a lot of fish, and giving that up was probably the most difficult part about my transition. On the plus side, a lot of Japanese restaurants serve makis stuffed with veggies, like cucumber, mango, red pepper or avocado, so I never really had to stop eating Japanese food. And the more makis I had, the more I forgot about the nigiri and the sashimi…Makis make excellent finger food ( I know, not very lady-like of me to eat with my hands but there you have it!), and once you know how to roll them properly without squishing out all the filling, you’ll never stop wanting to make them. They are super addictive.
Here’s how I roll my makis:
- First, you need a rolling mat. Grab your nori sheet, and place it on the mat with the shinny part facing down.
- Spread out your sushi rice on the mat evenly, leaving 1 cm at the top. If the rice is too sticky, wet your fingers.
- Leaving about 3 cm at the top & bottom, start layering your veggies of choice horizontally. Make sure you chop them finely or they will be a nightmare to roll up.
- With the help of your mat, start rolling the nori. Hold down your ingredients with your fingers to keep them in place. Try not to press down too hard or your filling will shoot out! The more makis you make, the more you’ll know how much pressure you need to apply.
- When you’re done rolling, if the last bit of nori doesn’t stick, use a bit of water to stick it down. You can cut the roll into makis using a sharp, wet knife.
For this recipe, I used Yutaka nori, wasabi and ginger. So good!
- 190g sushi rice
- 300 ml water
- half a mango
- half an avocado
- 2 nori sheets
- Rinse the rise, and cover with water. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Bring to the boil, cover and let is simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season with salt. Check if all the water has been absorbed.
- Remove from heat, and let it sit for 10 more minutes before using.
- Use half of the rice for one roll. Follow the instructions above to make your maki rolls.