Have you ever tried vegan sushi? I had the best vegan sushi ever when we visited New York last year, at a place called Beyond Sushi. They make the most beautiful sushi rolls with really creative ingredients like roasted Brussel Sprouts, pickled daikon radish and curried lentils. They also serve the tastiest wraps ever! It inspired me to create these Nori Hand Rolls with Curried Avocado Chickpea Dip. These hand rolls are literally the easiest type of sushi ever! You don’t even need a sushi mat. All you need is nori seaweed, tasty fillings and your hands ☺
Nori Hand Rolls with Curried Avocado Chickpea Dip (Temaki Sushi)
SERVES: 2-4 people (starter or main meal)
EQUIPMENT: mixing bowl
Curried Avocado Chickpea Dip
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
1 small ripe avocado, pitted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or more to taste)
¾ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt (or more to taste)
½ teaspoon cumin powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
Black pepper to taste
¼ cup red onion or spring onion, finely chopped
2 handfuls fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro, basil, dill…
Sprouts of your choice
Purple cabbage, shredded
Curried Avocado Chickpea Dip
- Mash the avocado and part of the chickpeas with a fork or a potato masher.
- Add sesame seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, curry powder, salt, cumin powder, turmeric, black pepper, onion and fresh herbs. Stir well.
- Cut your nori sheets in half using a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.
- Put the half sheet of nori with the shiny side down on a cutting board or plate.
- Cover half of the nori sheet with some of the curried chickpeas and then add some veggies. Don’t overfill your nori sheet because it will be a lot harder to roll.
- Grab a small bowl with water. This will act as the ‘glue’ to hold the rolls together.
- Carefully take the nori sheet with the toppings in the palm of one of your hands.
- Still holding the nori in one hand, use your other hand to tightly roll up the bottom left-hand corner on the diagonal, over the filling.
- Then tightly wrap the opposite right-hand edge around to create a cone shape with the filling on the inside.
- Seal the nori wrap by dabbing some water onto the outer edge of the nori sheet.
JULIE’S TIPS & TRICKS:
- This Curried Avocado Chickpea Dip will stay fresh for at least 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Did you know that turmeric has really strong anti-inflammatory properties? It’s really important that you always combine it with black pepper and some kind of healthy fat, because then the healthy compounds in turmeric become 200% more bio-available, which means your body will be able to properly absorb and use them.
Now I would love to hear from you! Do you ever make sushi at home? What are your favorite fillings? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.