Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vegan Spicy Sunflower Seed "Tuna" Roll

Vegan Spicy Sunflower Seed "Tuna" Roll. Cucumbers and carrots inside, avocado, sriracha veganaise, scallions, and tempura crunch on top. Here is the recipe for the sushi rice and sunflower seed "tuna".

For the sushi rice, combine 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/3 tablespoon mirin, and 1/3 tablespoon salt and heat until sugar and salt are dissolved. Set aside. 

Rinse and drain 2 cups of uncooked sushi rice 3 times, gently rubbing the rice between your palms a few times. Drain into a fine mesh sieve and let sit for 30 minutes. Place rice into a large heavy bottomed pan. Add in 2 and 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 1 minute on high. Reduce to medium, cook for another 4 minutes. Reduce to low and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Take off lid and place a clean towel over the pot. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. 

Place hot rice into a large bowl. Using a sushi paddle or flat rubber spatula, you want to add the vinegar mixture into the rice while simultaneously turning the rice and fanning it to cool down. I use a hair drier set on the cool setting. Carefully and gradually pour the vinegar mixture over the rice. Keeping the cold air blowing on it, gently fold the rice over with the paddle. Continue to do this till the rice is room temperature. 

Now that you have your sushi rice you can fill it with whatever you want! Here is the recipe for sunflower seed spicy "tuna" that works well inside sushi rolls. Along with this, you can add avocado, cucumber, carrots, gluten free tempura crunch, etc.

1 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
3 to 4 tablespoons Veganaise 
Sriracha to taste 
1 to 3 small pickled beets for color
2 teaspoons kelp flakes or crushed nori
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon tamari

Soak the sunflower seeds in hot water for about 15 minutes. Drain and place in a food processor. Add in the Veganaise, Sriracha, beets, kelp, lemon juice, and tamari. Pulse until almost smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. I put this mixture into a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip which makes it really easy to put into the sushi roll.

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