- 1/2 cup sushi rice
- 1-1/2 cups coconut milk (plus more if adjustment is needed)
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 mango peeled and sliced
- 1 kiwifruit peeled and sliced
- 1 fresh mint leave
Fruit jelly and caviar
- 1 cup fresh fruit juice
- 10gms Agar-agar
- 10 gms sugar
- For the sushi rice:Combine the rice with 2 cups water in a medium pot and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stir and cover. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Replace the lid and let the rice sit for 5 minutes. Once the rice is fully cooked, immediately spread it out on a baking sheet. The goal here is to get the rice to cool as quickly as possible.
- For the coconut glaze: Combine the coconut milk, sugar and lemon zest in a small saucepot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let the mixture reduce by two-thirds, until thickened and syrupy, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. This takes 20 to 25 minutes.
- To assemble nigiri (pressed sushi):Moisten your hands and mould the rice into 2-inch long logs. Drizzle a little coconut glaze over the rice. Cut some fruit leather into 1/2- by 2-inch strips (or use the pre-cut Fruit by the Foot strips), and use to wrap the rice logs cross-wise, mimicking the belt of seaweed wrapped around nigiri. Top with whatever fruit you like-blueberries and sour cherries look like salmon roe. (Alternatively: First top the rice with fruit, then secure the fruit to the rice by wrapping with strips of fruit leather.) Sprinkle with sesame seeds, top with mint leaves and serve.
- To assemble maki rolls: Lay the fruit leather out flat and cover it with an even layer of rice about 1/2-inch thick. Drizzle with some of the coconut glaze and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. On the side closest to you, lay down a row of julienned fruit-mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, or cherries, or whatever you like. Top with some torn mint leaves and roll the entire thing into a cylinder, keeping it as tight as possible the whole way around. Slice into rounds with a sharp knife and serve.
Recipe credit: Chef Anirudh Nautiyal of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel
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