Vegetarian Sushi Rolls


Grabs your attention every time doesn’t it? No? Oh vegetarian???

So what if you are a vegetarian… Why should you miss out on all the fun?!!

I first discovered the wonderful flavours of vegetarian sushi about 5 years ago when I visited a Japanese restaurant with two wonderful friends of mine, who at the time were vegetarian. The idea of being in a popular Japanese restaurant with a variety of fresh fish placed directly in-front of you but having to opt for veggies only did feel a bit eerie to me at the time but the options and the flavors that are assembled into the these vegetarian variety is simply beyond expectation.

And if you are a strict non-vegetarian (like I was once was), Keep an open-mind and do try out the promising flavours that vegetarian Japanese cuisine has to offer. I promise you, no disappointment there.

So if you are ready to discover the other side of Japanese cuisine composed of a tantalizing palate; keep calm and follow the recipe.

Ingredients: –

  • Japanese sushi rice
  • ½ cup Rice vinegar*
  • 1 packet nori seaweed sheets
  • 1 sushi rolling mat

(for green beans miso roll)

  • 4 fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt

(for avocado wasabi mayo roll)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • wasabi paste – according to taste
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp water

(for cucumber & chilli roll)

  • 1 Japanese cucumber (or normal cucumber)
  • chilli oil
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise



  • Cook rice as per instructions on the packet. ( I cook mine in a rice cooker)
  • Shift the rice into a large bowl or tray, sprinkle rice vinegar evenly and mix gently.
  • Leave aside to cool.
  • Blanch* the vegetables (okra & green beans) in water & salt.

*Blanching is a process of first boiling (to cook) the vegetable & then dipping it in ice cold water (to retain the bright green colour of the vegetable).

Green beans miso roll

1/2 Nori sheet
1. Horizontally half one nori sea-weed sheet 2. Place the seaweed near the bottom of a sushi rolling mat (rough side up).
2. Place the rice and spread it gently & evenly using your fingers.





3. Mix mayonnaise & chilli oil, use a spoon to spread this in a line over the rice. 4. Halve the already blanched green beans and place the in a straight line on top of the rice & miso.



3. Mix Wasabi with water & mayonnaise. Spread on top of the rice. Followed by slices of avocado.









3. Mix miso paste & water. Spread over rice and place green beans on top.



4. Roll the mat, pull & squeeze gently to tighten the rice roll.









5. Remove mat. Use a sharp, wet knife to cut the roll into half.
6. Judge using your fingers to make equal bite sizes and cut again. (Each roll would make about 6 sushi bites)










Serve with pickles, soya sauce and wasabi paste.  Enjoy!!






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