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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Colorful Chickpea California Rolls (Vegan, Oil-Free)

These Colorful Chickpea California Rolls make an easy, delicious, and nutritious dinner.  They are veggie-packed, tasty, and satisfying!  Just like my Crispy Tofu Spring Rolls, this recipe is wonderful for using up leftover veggies in your fridge!  Ingredients are limitless.  You can put in almost any variety of veggies or easily make these non-vegan (highly recommend cucumber, smoked salmon, and cream cheese). 


For the rice:
1 cup sushi rice (Japanese short-grain rice)
1 and 1/4 cup water (you may need more)
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Remaining Ingredients (Sub/Add as you please)
4-6 Nori Sheets (you can find these at your local Asian market)
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced (your choice of color)
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup boiled or canned chickpeas
2 tablespoons sriracha
2 tablespoons mustard

For serving *optional*
Soy sauce
Pickled ginger
Pickled radish
Sesame Seeds


Following these instructions exactly will provide the best results.

1. Prepare the rice:  Start by rinsing and draining the rice three times.  Place the rice in a saucepan and add the water so that the water is about a 1/2 inch higher than the rice line.  Cook over medium heat until the rice is cooked and the water has evaporated.  Remove from heat.

2. While the rice is still warm, add in the rice vinegar and soy sauce.  Mix the rice with a fork until the rice is well mixed.  It should be sticky.  Set aside.
3.  Prepare the chickpea filling:  In a bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork.  Add in the sriracha and mustard and mix well.  Set aside.
4. To assemble California rolls, place a nori sheet on a dry surface or plate.  The rough side should be facing up and the smooth side should be facing down.
5.  With a spoon, gently spread the sushi rice over the nori, leaving 1 inch at the top of the nori bare.  Make sure the layer of sushi rice is thin.
6. In the bottom third of the nori closest to you, gently spread a tablespoon or two of the chickpea mixture in a straight line.  Then, lay a thin slice of bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, and green onion in a straight line over the chickpea mixture.
7.  With dry hands, begin rolling the nori and rice over the vegetables and chickpea mixture.  Before continuing rolling, make sure the veggies are compressed fairly tightly within the first roll.  Then, continue rolling upwards.  Place the final California roll seam-side down.  Repeat.
8. Once you are ready to serve, gently slice the California rolls into 1 inch pieces with a serrated knife (slow saw motions work best).
9.  Serve the California rolls with the optional soy sauce, pickled ginger, pickled radish, wasabi, and sesame seeds.
10.  Enjoy!  Although, these are best eaten fresh, you may store leftover California rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.


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