i love california rolls, but they cost a lot at my local market, so i decided i would make my own. this entailed a few trips to local asian markets. this was slightly awkward since i am not asian and don't speak any language but english, but was worth it for the end product.
Step 1: Get all the ingredients!
in order to make maki sushi rolls, you need:
short grain rice (calrose)
nori (toasted seaweed)
some sort of filling, i used crab and avocado.
a makisu, or woven bamboo mat is extremely helpful for rolling the sushi, but is not *entirely* necessary. i have used a sheet of stiff plastic before with good results.
Step 2: Prepare some sushi rice
After burning pots of rice, i decided to make the rice in the oven. it comes out perfect every time, and cannot burn. so, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. measure out two cups of the short grain rice, and put in a fine colander or large sieve. rinse it until it runs clear. make sure to drain it well. you can let the rice rest and absorb some of the residual water at this point to improve the texture, but i usually don't. put the rice into an 8x8 pyrex dish, and boild two cups of water. pour the boiling water over the rice, and cover the dish tightly with foil. place the dish into the middle of the oven, and let it cook for twenty minutes.