Raw Sushi Rolls

This is “the” perfect dish to get dad started on eating healthy and raw!! Someone wise once said ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ – this holds doubly true for dads!! :)

Raw Sushi Rolls closeup

I have never tasted “real” sushi rolls as I have been vegetarian all my life. But recently took a class at Whole Foods where Sasha from 24 Carrots taught us to make these yummy raw sushi rolls and I tell you I got hooked!! I remember the lady sitting besides me in the class telling these raw vegan rolls taste better than the real stuff…Wow!!

If you are into, healthy, vegan, gluten free, raw…recommend you to try  24 Carrots “the” place to go in Chandler, AZ. Their food is amazing sourced mainly from local organic farmers. The staff is super friendly and the owner Sasha truly walks the talk!

I am not a big fan of Japanese food but after tasting these sushi rolls I must say…Sushi sushi sushi!!Mmm….

Had nori wraps sitting in my pantry for months, and was glad I had a recipe I liked to try this out. Its a very simple recipe to make which is super delicious and quite filling at the same time. This dish will soon be on the list of Dad-approved dishes! :)

Raw Sushi Rolls

Traditionally sushi rolls are made with sticky rice, here we will be using finely shredded cauliflower which will act as “rice” for this raw dish.

Raw Sushi Cauliflower RiceWhat does Ayurveda say on Cauliflower? It’s a great to have in summer because of its astringent taste and is cooling to the body. Eating cauliflower helps to decrease pitta and kapha dosha. But ‘vata’s’ be careful eating raw cauliflower has a tendency to increase your vata.

Let’s get started – this recipe makes approx 3-4 nori rolls

 

Raw Sushi Rice Mixture

 

Making of Sticky Rice :

  • 2 cups shredded Cauliflower
  • 1 cup powdered Pumpkin seeds (you could use Almonds)
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 mashed Avocado (you could use thinly sliced avocados along with the veggies)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste

Mix this altogether into a nice sticky paste that can be easily applied on the nori sheets.

Raw Sushi Veggies

 

Take whatever veggies you like and cut them into matchsticks. I personally like using bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and some greens like chopped lettuce.

Raw veggies not only add color and vibrancy to the dish but are packed with nutrients that our bodies can easily absorb eaten in the natural state.

Raw Sushi Sauce

 

 

Dipping Shoyu Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tamari, soy sauce, braggs or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chili of choice 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced ginger (more or less depending on your tastes)

Nori Sheets:

Raw Sushi WrapsThese are crunchy, dried paper-thin seaweed, originated in Japan. Nori is an excellent source of protein, good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and lignans. It is also very high in mineral content which accounts for up to 40% of its dry mass. The most important of these micro-nutrients is iodine which helps to balance the endocrine system. I loved the taste of nori, the very first time I tried them – the taste is nutty, sweet-salty flavor which makes it a popular addition to soups and salads.

Raw Sushi Roll Making

 

Putting this altogether: 

Place one nori sheet on a bamboo rolling mat or on a clean and dry cutting board. place about 2 tablespoons of sticky rice onto the nori sheet just enough to cover about 1/3 of the nori sheet facing you. Place few shreds of lettuce onto the rice and then place the other veggies on top in an even line. Start rolling with the sheet facing towards you and tighten the roll as you roll. With a serrated knife, cut the roll into sixths or eighths. Repeat with the remaining nori sheets.

Serve with dipping sauce, eat and enjoy! 

 

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