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How to make your own sushi

Making your own sushi is not as tricky as you might think. Master the art, invite some friends over and bask in the glory. Or stock up on a variety of fresh fish and get them to make their own!

You will need:
Vegetables of your choice
A sharp knife, peeler or mandolin
5 sheets toasted seaweed (nori), cut into quarters
3 1/4 cups (600ml) cooked sushi rice (follow instructions on the packet)
2 tablespoons (30ml) wasabi paste
20 prawns, cooked and shelled
1 avocado, cut into strips
1 cucumber, cut into strips
2 tablespoons (30ml) black sesame seeds
1/3 cup (80ml) soy sauce
pickled ginger

Method:
Prepare all the ingredients and have a bowl of water with a little added vinegar ready to dip your fingertips into.

Cover the seaweed squares with a damp cloth or cling film to prevent wrinkling. Place about 1½ tablespoon rice into the middle of each nori sheet. Wet your fingertips and push rice up to the top corner, then make a shallow indentation down the centre. Smear a small amount of wasabi into this hollow. Cover with a prawn, a strip of cucumber and a strip of avocado. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Fold over one corner of the seaweed. Wet the opposite side then fold and stick to make a cone. Lastly, fold in the end, if you like, to prevent everything from falling out.

Serve with soy sauce and pickled ginger. Makes 20 rolls.

Photograph: Michael Saechang

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