Black Soybean and Vegetable Sushi


– Black Soybean Spread
– 1 x 15 ounce can organic black soybeans, drained (reserve liquid)
– 1 tbs toasted (Asian) sesame oil
– 1 tbs Japanese soy sauce (shoyu or tamari) plus more if needed
– 2 tbs pickled ginger plus more if needed
– chili oil to taste (optional) Sushi
– 4 sht nori (sometimes labeled sushi nori)
– 4 x tortillas 8 to 9 inches in (whole wheat are nice)
– 1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
– 8 x strips red bell pepper about 1/4″ wide
– 8 x carrot sticks about 1/8″x5″
– 1 x kirby (pickling) cucumber halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 8 sticks about 1/4″ d in
– 1 x watercress for garnish


To make the Black Soybean Spread: In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the spread. Blend in enough of the reserved bean liquid (usually 1 to 2 tablespoons) to create a thick but spreadable paste. Add more soy sauce and/or pickled ginger, if needed, to give the spread an assertive taste. Season with chili oil, if you wish. To assemble the Sushi: Stack the nori and use kitchen scissors to trim the sheets into circles about 1i2 inch smaller than the tortillas.
– Spread 2 tablespoons of the soybean mixture onto one of the tortillas, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Distribute 1/4 cup of the shredded cabbage over the bean spread. Gently press a piece of nori on top. Spread another 2 tablespoons of the soybean mixture on the nori. Set 2 red pepper strips horizontally about 1 inch from the bottom of the tortilla. Arrange 2 carrot and 2 cucumber sticks in a cluster on top.
– Wrap the bottom edge of the tortilla over the vegetables and roll up tightly. If necessary, moisten the top edge of the tortilla lightly with soybean paste or water to seal. Gently press the roll to shape it into an even log. Proceed to fill and roll the remaining tortillas.To slice the Sushi: Set each roll on a cutting board seam side down, and use a very sharp knife to trim off the edges. Holding the roll firmly with one hand, use a gently sawing motion of the knife to cut the roll into 5 or 6 pieces, making every other cut on the diagonal. Arrange the pieces flat side down on a platter. Garnish with watercress sprigs.

Other Ideas:
Instead of tortillas, use a rectangular flat bread, such as Garden of Eatin’s thin Thin Wraps, available in natural-food stores.
– For a light luncheon entree, cut each roll in half on the diagonal and lean one piece against the other in a criss-cross on a plate. Accompany with a green salad.
– Don’t cut the roll, and serve it as a wrap.
– Thin the spread with a few more tablespoons of bean liquid and use it as a dip for raw vegetables.
– Use a pickle instead of the cucumber.
– Serve the spread on wafer-thin rice crackers.
– Tear the trimmed-off nori into tiny bits and use as a garnish for grains, soups, or salads.

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