Jan 16, 2019 (Last updated Sep 28, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani
Rainbow Sushi Rolls! It’s been a hot minute since I shared a rainbow roll to the blog. So this blog post is dedicated to sharing my new Rainbow Sushi Rolls! Made with sushi rice, nori, purple cabbage, carrot, kale, avocado and alfalfa. I’ve rolled the veg into a tightly packed sushi roll, with a tamari almond butter sauce to dip. Are you drooling yet?
Typically my sushi rolls are made using rice paper, but this time I decided to switch it up, going for a classic sushi roll with nori and sushi rice.
I’m not going to lie, this was my first time making a classic sushi roll. And I’ve since learned that it’s super easy to make sushi at home. Plus, it’s so much fun!
I’m ashamed to admit that six years years ago I bought a bamboo sushi mat to make sushi at home. But it wasn’t until last week that I actually took that sushi mat out of its packaging! It’s criminal I know.
In my defence, I always thought making sushi was a hefty task, and instead reverted to making rice paper rolls. Rice paper rolls require no special utensils, and therefore seemed way more do-able. Had I know just how easy it is to roll your own sushi, especially with my bamboo mat, I would have made hundreds of rolls by now.
But, you live and you learn. And if I’ve learned anything this week it’s that making sushi is not nearly as intimidating as one might think. In fact, chopping and slicing the veg is really the hardest part.
When it comes to making sushi, you want to ensure the veg is well chopped into thin slices. Using a sharp knife, and taking extra care in slicing. It will go a long way to getting you a nice and tightly packed roll. I’d opt in for a mandolin if you have one. Mandolines make it much easier to create thinly chopped veg, and at a much faster rate. I used the classic settings to slice my cabbage, and the “matchstick” setting to get the carrot slices nice and thin.
I made the sushi rolls by laying out my bamboo sushi mat with a sheet of nori on top. Next, I gently patted a thin layer of sushi rice on top of the nori sheet. Then arranged the veggies in an even layer on top, leaving a bit of rice (about an inch) undecorated at the top. (see photo below)
Next, I rolled the bamboo mat away from me, while tucking in the veg like a burrito for a tightly packed roll. Once rolled, I added a bit of water to my fingers and gently rubbed along the edge to seal the nori together. Finally, I grabbed a sharp knife and cut the rolls into bite sized pieces.
It might sound a bit finicky, but I promise it’s easy and fun! And you’ll get the hang of it as you go.
Here’s a couple tips that I learned along the way:
As for the dip, I really love this creamy tamari almond butter dip! Made with almond butter, tamari, miso, lemon, water and cayenne. It really adds a deep and creamy flavour for dipping that’s so gourmet. It was a huge hit!
It’s safe to say that this won’t be the last of my sushi making shenanigans. Now that I know just how easy it is to make at home I’ve got a ton of combos to experiment with!
Making rainbow sushi rolls is also a great date night activity, or something fun to do with your kids. Apart from chopping the veg (which I will be honest, takes some time), the sushi making process is quite straight forward. I do hope you’ll give it a try. (And not wait 6 years to use that bamboo sushi mat like I did – trust me I have major regret).
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
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This recipe is great! Simple, easy, and healthy. The sauce is so flavourful too! My husband and I really enjoyed it 🙂
Thank you Krystal! I am so happy that you and your husband loved this recipe. I love the sauce too. 🙂
Hi ttsunamii! Thanks so much for reaching out. 🙂 It was an intentional decision not to season the rice in this recipe as I wanted to make it simple and minimalist. However, if you prefer to season the rice than I urge you to go for it! It’s delicious both ways. Or, feel free to check out some of my other recipes, like my sushi donuts for a seasoned sushi rice. 🙂 (https://twospoons.wpengine.com/recipe/sushi-donuts/)
Hope you enjoy! Happy cooking!