Crunchy Sushi Roll with Spicy Nuts (カリカリロール)

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Yields4 ServingsCategoryCuisine
Prep Time15 minsTotal Time35 mins
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This kari kari roll sounds strange, but it is delicious! The flavor is both sweet and savory, and the crunch is out of this world. If you’re the kind of person who puts peanut butter on your Oreos, this is the sushi for you.

Sushi Rice
 1 cup short grain white rice
 4 tbsp unseasoned rive vinegar (more to taste)
 1 ¾ cups water
Crunchy filling
 1 nori sheet
 ½ cup your favorite nut butter
 1 tbsp chili garlic paste (sambal oelek)
 ½ tsp onion powder
 ¼ cup lemon juice
 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
 1 pinch salt
 ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
 ½ avacado
 ¼ cup shredded carrot
 4 nori sheets (dried edible seaweed)

Gather your ingredients!

Ingredients for crunchy roll sushi


This step is optional. If you like your rice on the fluffier side, rinse it under cold water in a strainer for a few passes. Stir them with your hand to rinse evenly.

Short grain rice is best for sushi, because its surface area and starch balance make it the stickiest!

rinse sushi rice


One cup of rice makes about 4 rolls of sushi.

You will need twice as much liquid as dry rice.

To cook 1 cup of dry rice, add 4 tablespoons of unseasoned rice vinegar to 1 and 3/4 cups of water. Pour one cup of uncooked rice into the liquid, cover securely, and raise to a fast boil. Set the heat to low as soon as it reaches a fast boil, and let it simmer until all the moisture is absorbed by the rice grains. Stir a few times during this process, but mostly leave it alone. The rice is done when it is soft and there is no more standing water in the pot.

While this cooks, prepare the other fillings.

cooked sushi rice


Transfer the cooked rice to a mixing bowl and stir it roughly with a rice paddle, almost mashing it. Add more rice vinegar to taste–the more you add, the stickier the rice will become, which makes it easier to pack into a roll or rice ball. While some prefer seasoned rice vinegar with sugar, I prefer the clean and healthy taste of the unseasoned variety.

mashed sushi rice for crunchy roll sushi


Chop the avocado into thin, long pieces.

chopped avocado for crunchy roll sushi


Stir the ingredients for the filling into a spicy, fishy, crunchy paste. Tear up a nori sheet into fine peices, add 1/2 cup of your favorite nut butter such as peanut or sunflower, 1 tablespoon of chili garlic paste, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt. When these are evenly mixed, stir in half a cup of roasted sunflower seeds, Roasted will have a better crunch.

spicy peanut butter for crunchy roll sushi


Before handling the sushi rice, splash your hands with salt water to prevent the rice from sticking to you.

soak hands in salt water


Set up a nori sheet on top of a makisu (巻き簾), a flexible mat made of bamboo and cotton string. The perforations on the nori sheet should be perpendicular to the strips of the makisu.

Spoon a thin layer of sushi rice onto 1/3 of the nori roll, patting with salted fingers to make a small indent along the middle into which you can lay the filling.

setting up the crunchy roll sushi


Spoon a layer of the nutty filling, lay on a few pieces of avocado, and top with the shredded carrots.

lay down the filling for crunchy roll sushi


Starting on the side with the rice and filling, bend the mat around the sushi, forming it into a tube. Squeeze the mat and sushi with both hands tightly and evenly–otherwise, it will fall apart when you try to cut it. Finally, dab a line of salt water on the nori-end of the tube to help it adhere.

dab salt water onto sushi


Before cutting the sushi, it is important to coat your knife in salt water. I do this between each cut! This prevents the sticky rice from clinging to the knife, allowing it to pass through cleanly.

salt the sushi knife


Cut the roll into discs about one inch long, exposing the beautiful interior.

Serve with soy sauce and pickled ginger, to be eaten between each bite as a palate cleanser (not on top of the sushi pieces.)


crunchy roll sushi finished

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