Preparing rice for sushi is not as difficult as you might think.
You can easily prepare it with a rice cooker in which you just have to insert the ingredients and follow the instructions, or you can prepare it with a normal pot.
– 500 grams of rice (ideal would be Japanese rice, but also Ribe rice found in every supermarket is great).
– 70ml rice vinegar
– 20 grams of sugar
– a pinch of salt.
If you plan to make more or less rice, change the other ingredients proportionally. For example, if you want to make a kilo of rice, you should use 140ml of vinegar and 40 grams of sugar.
Using a rice cooker
The Japanese almost never cook rice by hand but use a rice cooker. There are various brands and models, if you want you can buy a rice cooker at a very affordable price and will save you a lot of time and effort. Alternatively, proceed with the reading to find out how to cook the rice in a normal cooking pot.
– Wash the rice:
Place the rice in a pot with a little water and mix the rice with your hands rubbing it a little until the water is cloudy. Then throw away the “dirty” water and do the same thing again with new clean water.
Continue this operation many times, until even if you “wash” the rice, the water will remain transparent. The Italian rice “Ribe” should be washed between five and ten times. In about ten minutes you should have completed the washing of the rice.
Now place the rice in a pot full of water and let it rest for 40-50 minutes.
Now if you look at the rice, in addition to being slightly swollen, it should be very white (try to do a test by looking at the rice that you have not washed!).
Remove the water in which you let the rice rest and put the rice in a pot in which you will put water.
The water you have to put will be 20% more than the rice. That is, if you cook 1kg of rice the water will be 1200ml, while if you cook half a kilo of rice the water will be about 600ml.
Cook over a high heat until all the water evaporates (approximately in about 10 minutes). It is very important to keep a lid over the pot and never open the lid.
When all the water has evaporated (you can take a quick peek by partially removing the lid) increase the heat for about twenty seconds and then turn off the heat.
The rice should now be left to rest with the lid on the pot for at least 20 minutes.
While the rice is resting, melt the sugar in the apple vinegar.
Take the rice and place it in a very large bowl. The rice should not contain water and it will seem a bit sticky.
Mix the vinegar with the rice. Cover the rice bowl with a damp cloth so that the rice does not dry out.
At this point the rice is ready, and you can prepare the sushi.
The most famous types of sushi are called nigiri sushi (rice balls with raw fish on top) and maki sushi (rolls of seaweed with rice, raw fish or vegetables inside).