Make Sushi at Home

By Anastasia Suen

Make Sushi at Home
A Homeschool Activity for
Hiromi's Hands

by Lynne Barasch

Activity by Anastasia Suen

You can make your own sushi! Here is a recipe for norimaki (sushi rolls).

You'll need:

rice vinegar
several vegetables
dried seaweed (called nori)

a pan to cook the rice
a spatula, wooden spoon or rice paddle
a measuring cup
a colander
a flat dish or mixing bowl
a small fan (you can make one out of paper)
a cutting board
a mat (called a makisu) or a large sheet of wax paper

an adult to help with the stove and the knife
Note: Measurements for the recipe are contained in the links to follow

First, make the rice. Follow the directions on the package. Before you cook the rice, rinse it in water three times. Use a colander to drain all of the water out of the rice before you steam it in the pan.

Some people add seasonings to the rice before it cooks. Others just add seasonings after they cook the rice. You can buy rice vinegar or make your own with vinegar, sugar and salt.

While the rice is steaming, wash and cut your vegetables into small strips. (Ask an adult to help you with the knife.)

Place the vegetable slices near the mat or waxed paper. Put the nori on the mat, shiny side down.

After the rice cooks, place it in a flat dish (or mixing bowl). Pour rice vinegar over the rice. Use a spatula to fold the vinegar into the rice. Now it is sushi, vinegar-flavored rice! Fan the rice with your paper fan to cool it down. This will make the rice look shiny.

Spread the cooled rice on top of the nori. Make the pile of rice a quarter of an inch high. (Leave a half inch all around the edges.)

Use your hand to make a line in the middle of the rice, and add the vegetable slices there.

Now roll the mat to wrap the rice and vegetables inside the nori. After you've rolled it up, take it out of the mat and cut it into one inch slices.

Before you eat your norimaki, take a digital photo to post it in our Photobucket album. Enjoy!

Author/educator Anastasia Suen began teaching in the home. The author of over 100 books for children, she has also taught kindergarten to college in the classroom. Today homeschoolers use her blogs for book activities, reading lists, and writing lessons.

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