Friday, May 14, 2010

A Recurring Dish in my Kitchen

Somedays I am in a hurry after work to eat as quickly (but healthy) as possible, rest for a good 40-60 minutes and then head out to the gym. On these days I try to cook something that has some amount of good carbs but is not too heavy.

Recurring dishes are channa masala with wholewheat tortillas, pita bread with ham, tzatziki, cucumber slices and hummus, brown pasta with prawns, chili and lemon zest, etc.

The most recurring dish is actually Sushi Bowl.

Sushi bowl is effectively all sushi-like ingredients tossed in a bowl. The overall taste is similar to a sushi but you just don't have to wrap it. I've tried making sushi and not only is it time consuming, it is one of the most difficult to estimate recipes ever ;) It can be quite fun when done among friends though.

The original recipe is from Heidi Swanson, who never fails to amaze me with her wonderful recipes. Thank you very much for the recipe Heidi :)

I make a quick and lazy version (photo) and here's the recipe for two hungry people:

200 grams of smoked salmon - sliced into strips
1 large avocado - cubed
1 cup of rice - cooked
1 bunch of scallions - chopped
A handful of sesame seeds
2-3 sheets of seaweed - sliced into strips

For the sauce:
2 oranges
1 lemon
1-2 tablespoons of Japanese soya sauce
1-2 tablespoons of Japanese rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon of sugar



1. Cook rice your usual way. (You can use sushi rice or normal white rice. I use brown rice as I feel it does not go mushy when you pour the sauce on it.)

2. Boil juice of 2 oranges and 1 lemon with some orange and lemon zest. When the juice starts to bubble, add in soya sauce, rice vinegar and sugar. Stir quickly and switch off the stove. (The amount of soya sauce, rice vinegar and sugar is up to you. The mixture should be a slight brownish/orangish colour.)

3. Serve rice with a little bit of everything. Drizzle the sauce on the rice and sprinkle sesame seeds and seaweed strips.

This dish is quite versatile in the sense that you can add a lot of other ingredients like cooked prawns, crab sticks, or fried tofu.


At 5/20/2010 09:52:00 PM , Anonymous Cas said...

This definitely seems unique to me but I'll definitely give it a shot one day :)

At 5/21/2010 06:04:00 PM , Blogger Fieran said...

It's quite a strange combination, but it is quite similar to sushi. The lemon and orange based sauce makes it a bit sweet-sour. If you're not a fan of smoked salmon (took me awhile to like it), you can always substitute it with fried tofu strips.


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