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Handrolls only take a little practice (and will help you brush up on your swaddling skills), and you don't need any special utensils or sushi mats to make them. They're a fun food for older kids to try and make as well. Handrolls are a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of seaweed and nori, and they are a fun break from the standard meal (or even snack) rotation. Read on for easy how-to handroll instructions and filling recommendations.
1. Gather the ingredients.
Makes about 6-7 handrolls
- 1 cup uncooked sushi rice
- nori sheets (I recommend cutting these in half)
- cucumbers, avocados, carrots, mangoes, apples, pears, and any other filling you desire (see step 7 for more ideas)
- tofu (optional)
- rice vinegar (optional)
- soy sauce or tamari for dipping
2. Cook the rice and prepare your fillings.
Cook the rice on the stove top or in a rice cooker. Drizzle with rice vinegar (if using) and let cool to room temperature. If the rice is too hot, it will cause the nori to become soggy and limp. Thinly slice whatever fruits, veggies, tofu, etc that you are using. You want long strips of the ingredients as chopped pieces will fall out. If using cucumbers, only slice the parts without the seeds.
3. Set up your rolling station.
This step simply makes the process quick and less messy. Having everything within arm’s reach will also keep the process streamlined. If you are getting help from your kids in making these handrolls, setting up your station lets them easily see and choose which ingredients they would like.