Rice is known as the staple food of Japan. Whether you prepare Japanese rice balls, Japanese fried rice, Japanese rice cake, simple rice or sushi. You will always need rice as the basic ingredient. You can never omit it.
Sushi. The word itself makes your mouth watery and increases your hunger a hundred times more. This traditional dish from Japan is renowned worldwide for its unique and vinegary taste.
The style to prepare sushi varies. You can serve this meal with other tasty side dishes as well. Many of you sometimes confuse this sushi with two more dishes. One is with the Japanese Sashimi and the other is the Korean Gimbap.
Do remember the fact that the Japanese sushi is rice and vinegar based dish. Sashimi’s main ingredient is the thinly sliced raw fish. The Korean Gimbap has sesame oil and sugar or other sweeteners instead of vinegar.
Enough with this chit-chat. Let us know how to make Japanese rice.
At first, let us go through the ingredients required to make the sushi rice. They are:
- Koshikari Rice: 2 and ½ cups (You can also use brown rice)
- Cold Water: 3 and ½ cups
- Rice Vinegar: ½ cup
- Sugar: 2 tablespoons
- Salt: ½ teaspoon or as per your taste
- Nori Sheets: 6 sheets
- Salmon: 200 grams (Fresh)
- Avocado: 1 (thinly sliced)
- Soy Sauce (the lighter one, for serving)
- Wasabi Paste (for serving)
- Pickled Plum/ Ginger (for serving)
Let us now see the directions as to how to cook Japanese rice.
How to cook Japanese rice: Step-step process
Let us see the process to cook the Japanese plain rice. Look at the step-by-step process below.
Step-1: Take the plain uncooked rice of the desired measurement and put it in a pot. Rinse the rice thoroughly. Make sure the rice is cleaned properly. Rinse for some time until your rice is cleaned.
Step-2: After you have rinsed the rice thoroughly, drain the waters and add some fresh water to your pot. Rinse it again.
Step-3: Strain the rice of its water properly with the help of a sieve.
Step-4: Put the rice in a cooker and add the water. Cook the rice for at least 12 minutes or in case the rice is old, maybe half an hour.
Step-5: Once the water in the rice is absorbed completely, the Japanese rice will be ready.
Now you may have the following questions. How to make Japanese sticky rice? How to make sushi rice? How to prepare sushi rice? How to make rice for sushi? How to cook sushi rice? All these questions got simple answers. To make the sticky rice make sure that the rice absorbs all the water and cook the rice by closing the lid for a longer period.
It’s sushi time! Now all you will have to do is follow each and every instruction below to make the perfect Japanese sushi for your family. Let’s get started.
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How to make sushi rice: A complete guide
Here we go. Note down every small detail if required. We are going to make some sushi rice.
Step1: Rice Cooking
Just like the Japanese plain rice, rinse the rice for sushi thoroughly. Strain them well and put them in a cooker. Add the water as per the measurement of your rice. Bring the rice to a boil. Later, reduce the heat and cook for at least 12 minutes. After the rice is cooked, set them aside for some time.
Mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt altogether in a bowl. Transfer the rice to a bowl. Use a spoon to break the lumps. While breaking the lumps, gradually pour in the vinegar mixture. The rice and the vinegar have to be set properly. Fold and fan the rice continuously for 15 minutes.
Place a sushi mat. The surface should be clean and the map placed horizontally. Place the nori sheet upside down on the mat (shiny part down). Wet your hands with water and spread one-sixth of rice over the nori sheet.
Step-4: Veggies and fish
Place the fish slice and the avocado slice right on the center of the rice. You can also use pickled radish and carrot to give the stuffing a colorful look. Roll the sushi mat. Make sure the filling stays in place. Enclose the rice with the filling. Repeat the process for the other batches.
Step-5: Slice and Serve!
Slice the sushi with a knife into thick slices. Serve it the soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
Arigatogozaimashita! Enjoy this meal and fill your tummy with some nutrients. I hope now you know now how to make Japanese rice. So enjoy making this recipe and sharing the tasty happiness among your family as well. Bon Appetite!