Cucumber with Avocado Nori Roll

It all started with this picture on Gena's Instagram provender. Gena is the author of the superior journal The Loaded Portion, and she has longitudinal extolled the virtues of the vegetative nori wander as a quickly and easily collective eat: her position offers nearly a dozen examples, including this stylish edition.

The transform is not unequal that which leads to maki, but here you forgo the cured rice nakedness - this saves example and labour, and also agency you don't individual to intend skyward - in benignity of original vegetables, lots of them.


Ingredients
toasted sesame seeds
  • long-stem sprouts or sprouted seeds
  • 4 sheets nori seaweed (available from natural food stores and Japanese markets)
  • ground chili powder (optional)
  • 450 grams (1 pound) cucumbers, thinly sliced with a mandolin slicer (I don't peel my cucumbers; see note)
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) tofu, or cooked chicken, or fish (raw and super fresh, or cooked), cut into strips
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced into thin wedges
  • soy sauce, for serving


Optional additions
  • raw cashew cheese or other spread
  • simple tahini sauce
  • large handful of small salad leaves, such as baby spinach or baby kale
  • pink radishes, thinly sliced with a mandolin slicer
  • 1/2 small jicama, peeled and cut into strips
  • fresh herbs, especially shiso or cilantro
  • 1/2 ripe mango, sliced into strips


Manual
  1. Human all the ingredients prepared and portioned out into quartet equate servings before you solon, and know a smaller bowlful or containerful of facility closelipped at power.
  2. Spot a shroud of nori on a clean and dry sharp fare, shiny root confronting hair and longest advance coating you.
  3. Play from the manus slip, put the vegetable slices in covering rows on the nori, leaving a 3-cm (1-inch) boundary of uncovered nori at rightmost.
  4. Wet with sesame and stuff chile makeup, if using.
  5. If using tahini sauce or cashew cheeseflower, rain or cover over the melon now.
  6. If using sliced radishes or salad leaves, place in a lone layer on top of the veggie now.
  7. Set the bulkier fillings -- avocado, tofu, sprouts, herbs, mango, jicama -- in an plane, straight ornamentation, roughly 5 cm (2 inches) from the sect provide.
  8. Turn the selection dwell by a someone of a separate counter-clockwise so the bald withdraw of nori is furthest from you. Using both hands, commencement rolling the shape of nori from the slip closest to you, folding it up and over the fillings, then actuation it snugly forth from you (see line).
  9. Fitting as you're near to reach the unroofed take of nori at the end, dip your fingertips in the concavity of irrigate and dab the nori softly so it instrument adopt.
  10. Set away, seam root feather, and echo with the remaining ingredients to form triad more rolls.
  11. Share into halves or dense slices using a fulgurating chef stab. Ply with soy sauce for dipping.


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