Saturday, April 28, 2012

Green monkey roll

Ingredients: Sushi rice, nori, fried tofu, pickled cucumber and asparagus, topped with cilantro spicy mayo

Sushi rice:

Ingredients: 1) Cup of short grain Japanese rice, usually says "sushi rice" on the bag. 2) seasoned rice vinegar mixture 3) water

- for every 1 cup of rice, you'll need 1 1/4 cup water. Cook rice thoroughly. While its hot, sprinkle 1.5 tablespoon of seasoned rice mixture.  Let the rice cool to room temperature, you could use a fan to speed up the process. Cover with a wet paper towel to prevent drying
Creamy green "spicy mayo":

Ingredients: 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, 4 garlic cloves, 4-5 green chillies depending on your taste, salt, dash of black pepper, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 4 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons water
- everything in a high power blender to get a creamy consistency

-fried tofu - cut a 1/4 of a typical extra firm tofu block into bite size cubes and drop in a small sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. While its cooking, drop in 3 tablespoons of the green spicy mayo, coat completely... And let it cook for 15 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.

Asparagus and cucumber
-cut baby asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Lay out in a baking tray, sprinkle with salt +pepper... Pop in 350degree oven for 20 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
-julienne cucumber into 2 inch sticks (remove seeds)
- bring cucumber+ roasted asparagus in a mixing bowl, toss with 1 tsp cumin powder, black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice... Coat well. This is my "pickled cucumber and asparagus"

-spread out a thin layer of rice on a sheet of nori (I placed the nori sheet on top of a sheet of clear plastic wrap, both on top of a sushi mat), you'll need a bowl of water so the rice doesn't stick to your fingers... In the center, create two parallel lines with pickled cucumber+asparagus and fried tofu... Now roll baby roll. Cut into desired sizes. Add a small or big dollop of green spicy mayo!

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