Inari sushi or Inarizushi
Did you know that Inari sushi (a type fried sushi) was named after a Shinto god. If you didn't, know you do. Inari is the Japanese Kami ( god or spirit ) of rice, fertility and agriculture. Rumor has it that the Shinto god loved fried tofu and that's why ancient Japanese chefs named this dish Inari sushi. Also known as Inarizushi, this style of sushi is part of the Edo cuisine. Although the ingredients are very similar to those in other kinds of sushi, the presentation is what makes Inari unique: a sweetly flavored fried tofu pouch, wraps delicious sushi rice and vegetables. Thanks to it's simplicity, Inari suhi is an inexpensive, delicious dish that you can easily cook at home. Just follow the recipe below and in almost no time you will be enjoying one of Japan's amazing culinary traditions.
2 cups of Sushi rice
1 2/3 cup water
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup dashi soup stock
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
2 Tbsp soy sauce
6 abura age (also known as deep fried tofu), blanched
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp mirin
In a bowl, wash the rice with cold water, and keep on washing until the water comes out almost clear. Drain the rice and let it rest for half an hour. In the rice cooker pour the rice and the 1 2/3 cups of water. Let the sushi rice soak in the water for another half an hour and then cook the rice. While the rice is cooking, mix the rice vinegar, the salt and the sugar, and the cook on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let the vinegar mixture cool down for a while. Once the rice is ready, spread it into a large plate and sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the it, folding it with a rice spatula or a spoon. Mix the sesame seeds in the sushi rice. With your hands wet your hands, make small piles of sushi rice.
Cut the abura age in halves (the purpose is that each piece of abura has an open end). In a pan, mix the dashi soup stock, mirin, sugar, and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add abura age and lower the heat. Put a lid and simmer until the liquid has evaporated. Turn off the heat and let the combination cool for a while.
Take a piece of the abura age and softly press to remove the excess liquid. Open the pouch and stuff the pile of sushi rice inside. Fold in the open side to close the pouch.
There are some variations you can apply to this fried sushi recipe. Some ad vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and mushrooms to the rice before assembling the pouches. At redfinsushi.com we hope you enjoy your Inari sushi!
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