Reason #128 to keep cooked quinoa or rice in your freezer:
So you can make these Vegetarian Quinoa Nori Rolls in under 15 minutes.
Even if you haven't got rice or quinoa ready to go in the freezer you could use 90 second microwave rice and still whip them up in no time at all.
Simply julienne up your favourite vegetables. I use Lebanese cucumber, red capsicum, carrot and avocado. The avocado is essential as it adds a great creaminess.
Rice wine vinegar adds a little extra zing to your quinoa or you can use mirin instead. You can also add a little sugar (2 tsp) to get a sweeter tasting sushi 'rice'.
Nori sheets, made from edible seaweed, and rice wine vinegar are available in the Asian section of all supermarkets.
You can eat them whole or cut them up into smaller serves. Dipping a sharp knife in hot water before cutting makes it easier to get a clean cut.
You can use traditional dipping sauces such as soy sauce or sweet chilli sauce but I think these really come alive if you use hummus as a dipping sauce. It makes the flavours sing and adds another wonderful creamy element.
These are also great made with tuna, salmon, egg or chicken to up the protein level. I also like to sometimes toast some sesame seeds and mix them in with the quinoa.
Quick, healthy, colourful and tasty - these nori rolls make for a great summer lunch.
Vegetarian Quinoa Nori Rolls
- 1 cup white quinoa
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 Lebanese cucumber
- 1 small red capsicum
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 4 nori sheets
- Place 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of cold water into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for a further 12-15 minutes. Turn heat off and let sit with lid on for further 5 minutes.
- Spread quinoa on tray and sprinkle with rice wine vinegar and mix through gently. Allow to cool (place in fridge to speed cooling).
- Meanwhile cut vegetables into long thin slices.
- Gently spread cooled vinegared rice over nori sheet, keeping about 2cm at the far end of the sheet free from rice.
- Dab a small amount of mayonnaise along the rice in a straight line.
- Place the vegetable fillings on top of the mayonnaise.
- Lift the front of the sheet closest to you and begin to roll the sheet tightly. Just before reaching the end of the sheet wet the exposed edge with a little water. Apply gentle pressure to join the edges of the nori.
- Rolls can be eaten whole or sliced with a wet, sharp knife.
Have you made nori rolls before? What are you favourite fillings?