A fun and sweet twist on a Japanese classic, these fruit sushi rolls are fun and delicious for everyone in the family.
Cook rice according to package directions. Using rubber spatula, gently stir in coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Let cool completely.
On work surface, lay 11- x 10-inch rectangle of plastic wrap. Spread about 1 cup of rice into 9- x 8-inch rectangle in center of plastic wrap, pressing with fingertips to form thin, even layer. (If rice is too sticky, dip your fingertips in bowl of water.)
Starting 1 inch from one short edge, lay pieces of fruit over rice in straight line. Using plastic wrap as a guide, roll edge closest to you over the filling as tightly as possible; continue rolling to form roll. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining rice and fruit.
Remove plastic wrap; slice each roll into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lime zest.
Alternatively, make free-form sushi by rolling and shaping 2 tbsp rice into balls, triangles or squares. Stuff piece of fruit into center or top with fruit. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lime zest.
Change up the fruit depending on the seasons. Try mango, peaches, cantaloupe, pineapple or star fruit.
For a fun presentation, serve fruit sushi with shaved melon to resemble wasabi and pickled ginger, and melted chocolate or fudge sauce to resemble soy sauce for dipping.
If you love rice as much as we do, you know that it’s as great for sweet recipes as it is for savory ones! This Fruit Sushi Rice is a fun and tasty way to enjoy some of your favorite fruits as a sweet midday snack, breakfast, or dessert. Rolled up in Mahatma® Authentic Short Grain Rice for the perfect sticky rice consistency, you can get the littlest ones at home in on the sushi rolling fun.
Recipe Tip: keep a bowl of water nearby for dipping your fingers when working with sticky rice. This helps keep the rice from sticking to your skin while you prepare your roll.
Use this recipe as a fun way to teach your family about seasonal fruits in your area. Make it in the fall with fruits like apples, pears, and apricots. Enjoy winter fruit flavors by using persimmon, papaya, or kiwi. Savor spring flavors with cantaloupes, peaches, and honeydew. And to cool off with summer flavors, make these sushi rolls with fruits like strawberries, pineapple, and banana. Get creative and enjoy the endless possibilities!
Substitution Tip: While you can swap in different fruits, stick to the sticky rice for right rolls. What is jasmine rice if not fluffy, aromatic grains rather than the starchy rice necessary.
The sweet rice treats don’t stop at fruit sushi. These versatile grains can be used to make anything from pudding to smoothies and even pies! If you find yourself loving rice as a dessert or snack, make sure to try your hand at these Pineapple and Mango Rice Pudding Parfaits, this Tres Leches Rice Pudding, a coconut rice recipe and these Raisin & Rice Mini Pies.