A mild-tasting American roll with crab meat, cucumber and avocado.
You will need (for one person):
— 4–4.5 oz/120—130 g prepared sushi rice
— 3/4 oz/20 g cooked crab meat
— 2—3 tsp tobiko (flying fish roe)
— 3/4 oz/20 g cucumber
— 3/4 oz/20 g avocado
— 1/2 nori sheet
Take a cutting board, a sharp knife a bamboo mat covered with plastic wrap and a bowl of clean water.
Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a teaspoon. Then cut each half into thin strips.
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, peel it and remove the stone. Then slice each half lengthwise in half again and into thin strips.
Place the nori on top of the mat shiny side down. Take a handful of rice and cover the nori sheet with it evenly. Leave about half an inch at the top uncovered. Let the rice go beyond the nori edge a bit at the bottom. Wash your hands in the bowl.
Spread tobiko over the rice.
Cover the rice with the bottom part of the mat and gently press on it to make the rice layer even.
Flip the mat over and unfold it.
Place the crab meat in the center of the nori. Make sure there are no gaps between the pieces of meat — you need to have an equal amount of filling over the whole length of the roll.
Add the cucumber and avocado.
Position your thumbs under the edge of the mat closest to you and start lifting it. While folding the mat, hold the ingredients with your fingers to make them stay in the center.
Finish rolling and squeeze the roll to form a tube shape.
Put the roll on the cutting board and cut it in half with a wet knife. Then put the two halves together and cut off the outside edges of the roll for a clean look.
Cut both parts in half again and then again to get eight pieces. Moisten the knife before each cut.
Uramaki «California» is ready to serve.
Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.