I was craving some japanese food but did not want to be too full after yesterday’s curry dinner. I went to a folder where I kept a list of vegan recipes to try and saw quinoa sushi! I did not have any ingredients found in most recipes so I improvised and used what was in my kitchen.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- a bit of sesame oil (So fragrant)
- 1 cup water (I usually gauge by pouring bits of them and once they filled up to the edge of my quinoa I stop)
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar (I used mirin)
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 packet of skinny green beans
- 1/2 carrot sliced into match stick sizes
- 1 packet of Nori Sheets (I used about 4 sheets)
- Wasabi paste & soy sauce (Optional which I did not use)
Extra equipment which I did not have: Sushi rolling mat (I made them using cling wrap to tighten the roll)
Thoroughly rinse quinoa in a sieve under streaming water until water runs clear.
Heat a bit of sesame oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Once oil is heated, saute rinsed quinoa for 5-8 minutes, until crisp. Add water and heat until boiling. Let boil for 1 minute, and then turn heat on low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. DO NOT STIR! (Start preparing vegetables while quinoa cooks.) Once cooked, remove quinoa from heat.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Spread quinoa over a large baking sheet with a wooden spoon. Use a small spoon to sprinkle vinegar mixture over quinoa. Lightly fold quinoa with a wooden spoon to mix. DO NOT STIR!
I steamed the green beans for a few minutes and included cilantro leaves/stalks too.
I toasted the nori sheets on a pan before laying them down on the board. Moisten ends slightly with rice vinegar and lay all the vegetables and quinoa about 1/4 of the roll. Somehow, my roll burst after I cut into the middle and the side. So it was not a very successful attempt but I ended up scooping them all up in a bowl with the nori sheets and THEY WERE SO GOOD.
Somehow the combination of the sushi rice mixture with quinoa is light and very tasty. It tasted just like sushi rice without the sticky texture. I cannot wait to make soba sushi next!