Dipping that sushi in chili oil is the savory experience. But hey stop, have you ever given a thought to the rice used in sushi? Is it regular white rice or some special rice? There is an endless list of questions. In this article, we are sharing everything one needs to know about sushi rice!
Can I Use Regular Rice For Sushi?
The beginners tend to use long-grain and regular rice to make sushi, and the results are disappointing. Well, yes, you can use regular rice for making sushi, but the cooking method for such rice is pretty different. The sushi was originated when Japanese people preserved fish by wrapping it into the fermented rice.
Fast forward, they started using vinegar to rice to preserve them for a long time. However, the rice tasted betters, so they mixed it with fish, hence the sushi. The rice is basically holding property for sushi. So, yes, regular rice can be used as long as you make them sticky with vinegar and sugar.
Making Sushi Rice Out of Regular Rice
First of all, you need to collect the ingredients. The ingredients include your regular white rice, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. The rice vinegar will add the savory, rich flavor that settles with the fish flavor. However, you can use apple cider vinegar in place of rice vinegar as well. Once you have the ingredients, follow the below-mentioned steps to make perfect sticky rice out of regular rice for sushi;
- Add the rice to a bowl and cover them up with cold water and clean them by rinsing two to three times
- Once you’ve rinsed the rice, let them sit there for one hour
- After straining, add rice to the rice cooker with three cups of water
- On the other stove, add the salt, sugar, and rice vinegar to the saucepan over medium heat
- Mix and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved in the mixture
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved, let it cool down
- Now, when the rice has been cooked, spread them on the butter paper or cookie sheet
- Pour the vinegar mixture equally all over the rice and mix them with the spatula
- Once the rice is cooled down, you will see that sushi rice is complete!
While pouring the vinegar mixture and mixing up the rice, make sure you use a fan for even cooling and sticking. Also, it is better that you cover the mixture with a damp kitchen towel to preserve the rice while you make rolls.