Nori rolls…

by Sunita on April 10, 2007

On one particular trip to the supermarket,quite a few days ago, I happened to pick up up a pack of Nori sheets…the edible roasted seaweed sheets which are used to roll into Sushis. At that time I had absolutely no idea as to what I was going to do with them. I’ve never made anything with them…in fact did not know how to…but the packet looked nice, I was in a that mood of experimenting and I could’nt resist dropping it into my shopping trolley. The pack was brought home where they adorned the shelves for quite some time. Actually, I felt a bit intimidated to even trying to dish up something with it.

One fine day, I decided to give it a go. The sheets have been languishing for long enough. I just stared at them for a loooong while, edgy and nervous as to where to start. Reading the instructions on the pack was enough to make me so. The wrapping was the bit I was worried the most.

I did not want to make the typical Sushi filling with rice…again sea food was a no no as Dinesh is allergic to it. Instead I used a potato based one. I added the ingredients according to our tastes and I must say that it did not do too badly. In the end, I was happy that I tried it. It was, no doubt,a bit tricky to do the roll…the sheets, which look and feel stiff, begin to soften as soon as the filling is placed on it and it becomes a bit difficult to handle. I did not have the proper bamboo mats used for rolling Sushi…just made use of my bamboo place mats, but they were fine enough.

Whats needed-

2 Sushi Nori sheets
2 potatoes, washed, peeled and halved
1 small carrot, 1/2 of it grated, 1/2 chopped
a handful of sweet corn
1/2 a cucumber, cut into fine strips
a handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tblsp lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

Boil the potatoes and chopped carrots along with the garlic. Strain the water and mash the potatoes and carrots along with the garlic, sweetcorn, coriander, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Place a Nori sheet on a bamboo mat right at the edge nearest to the body.Spread evenly with the potato mixture over about 2/3 of the nori sheet, leaving a little space all around. Mix the cucumber and grated carrot and place them a little off centre, lengthwise, in one line, over the potato layer.

Roll up the bamboo mat slowly, tucking the closer end of the Nori sheet to start a roll and press lightly with both hands. Dampen the final flap to stick the roll together.

Remove roll from the mat and cut into six pieces, using a lightly moistened serrated knife.

That’s it. We had them just like that…picked them clean of our plates… nice and soft with the crunchy centre and the best bit is…hey I could actually do the roll.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandeepa April 10, 2007 at 12:40 pm

Wow Sunita — Those sushi rolls look perfect. I could have never done anything like that. And so innovative to use potato filling


2 sunita April 10, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Sandeepa, c’mon, there is nothing one can’t do…you’ve got a knack for cooking, so you’ll work it out somehow…anyway, thanks…


3 Asha April 10, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Nori!!Never tried any Japanese stuff Sunita!:)) Looks good with potato in it though!


4 sunita April 10, 2007 at 1:13 pm

Asha, this is my first…did’nt come out too bad…


5 Mishmash ! April 10, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Sunita, that name ‘nori sheet’ was quite an info for me as I never tried Sushi coz of the raw fish syndrome and never knew the name of that black tape surrounding it ;) Thanks dear :)



6 sunita April 10, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Mishmash, you’re welcome…


7 Surya Hith April 10, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Sunita,The rolls looks perfect.Decided to pick the nori sheets during my next asian market visit.Thanks.


8 sunita April 10, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Surya, you’re most welcome…


9 Sig April 10, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Wow sunita, those look amazing! I didn’t know those nori sheets are available at the store, I’m going to pick some up and try it, probably with some fish filling, thanks girl!


10 sunita April 11, 2007 at 8:04 am

Thanks Sig…and do go on and try them…


11 Sia's Corner April 11, 2007 at 2:02 pm

very very innovative didh sunita. i am like u in this case. i buy stuff before and start thinking how to use them later;)


12 Roopa April 11, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Hi sunita,
Lovely rolls, though i just can’t take the seaweed taste yet.
But your post looks very inviting.
I loved your easter cakes


13 sunita April 11, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Sia, thanks an yes, I do tend to pick up things on a whim…

Roopa, its so nice to have you over…well I must say the seaweed taste does need to be acquired…but there is always a first time …maybe you can actually give it a go…


14 Pooja April 11, 2007 at 5:27 pm

hi sunita,
thanks for dropping at my blog. you also have a very nice blog here. i love reading your about me section. nice to know more about you.
so you are from Assam, huh ? to hame chai pe kab bula rahi ho ? :)
just kidding…
stay tuned.


15 sunita April 11, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Pooja,thanks and nice to have you over…as for the chai…jab chaho aa jao…


16 Cynthia April 11, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo Sunita! This is what I love about cooking and all those things you talked about: buying because it looks attractive, not being sure what to make with it; have it languishing in the pantry, hesisitantly using it and what a fantastic result. You rock!


17 sunita April 12, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Cynthia,thanks…its so nice nice to have you over…


18 Vcuisine April 14, 2007 at 4:55 am

They are perfect Suntia. Viji


19 sunita April 14, 2007 at 3:19 pm

Viji, thanks a lot…


20 anusharaji April 16, 2007 at 7:24 pm

they look so cute
ofcourse sushi is alwyas so
but never tried it


21 sunita April 16, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Hi Anusharaji…glad to have you over…


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