Raw Vegan Sushi Rolls – With Raw Cauliflower Rice

I love sushi. A lot. My favourites are probably avocado makis and nigari makis. For years I’ve been making them with the traditional Japanese sushi rice. When I came back from my fasting retreat this spring I was craving sushi but wanted a lighter version. Ditching the carbs. Eating as much raw as possible. So I was doing some research on raw vegan sushi rolls…

The answer to my quest was cauliflower. At first, I wasn’t too impressed by the thought of cauliflower in my sushi rolls. Though I had been living a vegetarian life for half of my life, cauliflower never played much of a role in it. Somehow I associated cauliflower with a childhood torment. A bit like spinach but not as strong. Only that, when I grew up, I came to love spinach. Taking that into account I gave cauliflower a try.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower

During my research, I discovered lots of impressive health benefits cauliflower has to offer. Cauliflower apparently has a significant source of vitamins and nutrients and will provide you with strong antioxidant powers, boosts the immune system, has cancer-preventing effects and can benefit your digestion – just to name a few.

All reasons enough for me to indulge into that peculiar vegetable.

Tools and ingredients you need for your vegan sushi rolls 

A Food Processor/ Grater
Though I’m sure a food processor is a wonderful tool to have, I like to keep it as minimal as possible in the kitchen. So I’m using a basic grater. I tried a blender first and found the grater much easier to use. The advantage of that simple tool is that you’ll end up with evenly sized crumbles that resemble rice. 

Bamboo Mat
I’m sure you can roll the nori sheets without the help of a bamboo mat but I would recommend getting one. It makes it much easier to get your vegan sushi rolls into shape. You’ll find them in pretty much every little Asia shop or in well-equipped supermarkets.

Nori Sheets
Nori is the Japanese name for seaweed. Nori sheets are used to hold the sushi rolls together and you can use them for maki rolls as well as inside out roll. Though the latter is probably better done with proper sushi rice. You should get nori sheets in every well-equipped supermarket or at your local Asia shop.

Vegetables for the Filling
The best thing about homemade vegan sushi rolls is that you can add whatever filling you like. I love to use avocados, carrots, red peppers and cucumbers. Also, I love to add some black and white sesame seeds.

Instead of the rice, I use healthy raw cauliflower. All you need to do is wash the cauliflower and grate it into pieces. To get a sticky mass like the sushi rice, just add some rice vinegar or any vinegar mixed 1:1 with water to add the stickiness to the cauliflower rice.

vegan sushi roll preparation with cauliflower and vegetable on nori sheet

The art of rolling sushi rolls

The mere thought of making sushi rolls yourself can be quite intimidating. But I assure you, once you’ve done it, it gets easier with every time. It is even fun to experiment with different ingredients and different sizes. To make it as easy as possible for you, just watch this video:

Though in the video they do use real rice, the rolling technique can be adapted to the rolling with cauliflower rice. It’s pretty much the same. Only that you don’t have to wait for the rice to boil and you skip the carbs. A win-win situation I’d say 🙂

These delicious vegan sushi rolls are perfect as a light meal or snack for lunch or dinner.

And whenever you do feel like the real shit, you can just swap the cauliflower rice for sushi rice and surprise your friends and family at any occasion. Or just treat yourself.

Bon Appetit!

Raw Vegan Sushi Rolls Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets nori sheets
  • 1 cauliflower raw
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • 1 handful rocket leaves
  • 2 tbsp black or white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or any other white vinegar mixed 1:1 with water
  • soy sauce to serve
  • wasabi to serve

Instructions

  1. Wash and grate the cauliflower until it resembles rice

  2. Mix the cauliflower with the tahini until it's evenly sticky

  3. Place a nori sheet on the bamboo mat and arrange the cauliflower rice on two thirds of the nori sheet

  4. Slice the red pepper, carrots and avocado and arrange them together with the rocket leaves on the bottom of the nori sheet

  5. Sprinkle some of the sesame seeds on top of the arranged ingredients

  6. Put some water in a bowl and place it next to the bamboo mat

  7. Now start rolling and use the water to seal the roll at the end (watch the video in my blog post if you need some guidance)

  8. Cut into 8 evenly sized pieces by splitting the roll in half's until you have 8 🙂 

  9. Indulge in these delicious sushi rolls with soy sauce or any other sauce you like

Enjoy!

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