This Nori (seaweed) wrap recipe is an alternative to spring rolls. It’s perfect for getting a balance of essential vitamins into your diet. It’s also delicious and beautiful to share at picnics and parties. It pleases: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and my dad who likes to live on garlic and lamb chops will even chow these as a snack.
Be creative with your ingredients and substitute with what you have fresh around you and what’s in season. I used what was at the farmer’s market and what happened to be growing in the garden, and fresh ingredients already in our kitchen. Perhaps drinking 8 glasses of water a day isn’t necessary when we eat predominantly fresh and raw meals throughout the day. This recipe won’t disappoint.
What you need:
Packet of 10 or more Sushi Nori (Seaweed) Sheets.
Put in a food processor or finely chop:
1 medium sized red pepper
1 medium sized yellow pepper
1 medium sized carrot
1/2 cup sprouted mung beans
5 baby broccoli stalks
5 small kale leaves (dinosaur or black)
5 Nasturtium leaves
Avocado (add it later instead of putting it in the processor)
1/2 apple to add a juicy sweet taste
1 TB Korean bean paste for a savoury flavour
1/4 cup cooked rice vermicilli noodles
1/4 cup fresh papaya or mango (not too ripe)
Any type of sprouts: sunflower, lentils, etc
* If you add tomatoes or lemon juice, the moisture from the filling will cause the nori sheet to be too wet and break. If this happens, just double the nori sheets.
2 TB Mirin sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp fresh green chili (optional)
Take out one sheet of Nori paper and lay it down on the smooth side of a plate. Take about 1/3 cup of the finely chopped vegetables and spread it around on the bottom half (4 inches-10cm) of the nori, leave an inch (3 cm) on each side. There should be about 5 inches of clean nori on top. Fold the 3 cm on each side towards the middle of the nori sheet and start rolling the length of the nori towards the top keeping the filling tight and together and the sides tucked in. Essentially it is a similar technique to roll a spring roll or burrito. As the nori sheet rolls to the top, and the filling is wrapped under the nori, dampen the top of the nori that is laying flat on the plate and roll the rest of the nori toward the damp part, sealing the roll into a perfect little edible nori wrap.
To skip the rolling technique, make a cone out of the nori and then spoon and pack the finely chopped vegetable filling inside.
Place dipping sauce in a small bowl. Cut the spring roll nori wraps in the middle and arrange them on a plate or platter with the dipping sauce. Taste one and then serve them immediately!