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How to Boil and Prepare Rice for Sushi?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
How to Boil and Prepare Rice for Sushi?

Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish consisting of rice, seafood or fish and nori and edible, dried, seaweed in the form of a leaf. It is not necessary to use fish or seafood to make sushi, it can also be prepared with chicken, as well as with fruit and vegetables.

The most important ingredient in the Japanese dish is rice. To make rice, there are several steps and subtleties that must be followed to obtain the characteristic taste of the dish. It is especially important to know that two types of rice are used to make sushi and they are - Nishiki rice and Haruka rice.

The first step in making rice for sushi is washing it thoroughly. To do this, wash the rice under running cold water, while stirring constantly, until the water is completely clear.

Strain it with a colander. Then the rice needs to drain and dry for at least 20 minutes.

Pour the rice into a wok and add the same amount of water - 1 cup of rice - 1 cup of water and cover it with a lid.

While the water is boiling, the sushi rice is boiled at a high temperature, then the heat is reduced, leaving it at the lowest temperature, until the water has completely evaporated. After boiling, the rice is removed from the stove and it is left covered to cool.

In a separate bowl, prepare the typical mixture with which the rice is seasoned. For a cup of rice you need 1 and 1/1 tbsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. salt and 4 tbsp. rice vinegar. Mix everything very well until the mixture is completely homogenous. Then pour the cooled rice into hangiri (a traditional Japanese, wide wooden bowl) and if you don't have one, you can also use a plastic bowl.

While stirring the rice slowly and gently, with the help of a wooden spoon add the vinegar mixture. Stir until the rice has completely absorbed it and then cover it with a damp cotton cloth until you use it to make sushi.



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