Dragon roll is one of the most popular type of sushi rolls. It is quite difficult to guess the ingredients of any sushi roll by just looking at it. If you wish to make dragon roll at home, you need to know the exact ingredients used in it. This article will provide you the ingredients used in different kinds of dragon rolls.
Dragon roll is a type of sushi. But what exactly is sushi? Well, sushi is a roll made of mainly vinegared rice and topped with fish or any other seafood. Sashimi is often mistaken as sushi, however sashimi is quite different. Sliced raw seafood served with wasabi paste or soy sauce is known as sashimi. There are not many types of sashimis, but there are many sushi types, to be precise there are seven types of sushi viz. Nigirizushi Makizushi, Oshizushi, Inarizushi, Sukeroku, Chirashizushi, and Narezushi.
The dragon roll does not belong to any of the above mentioned types. It belongs to the eighth type of sushi, the western-style sushi. As the name suggests, western-style sushis are made in countries apart from Japan, especially North America. There are many types of western-style sushis, out of which one is the dragon roll, also known as caterpillar roll. It is called so because it looks exactly like a caterpillar and dragon roll because it is wrapped in green layers of avocado and cucumber, which resemble a dragon’s scales.
Ingredients in a Dragon Roll
- Sushi rice
- Crab sticks
It may also contain:
- Sesame seeds
Wondering about dragon roll calories and nutrition? Well, a classic dragon roll contains 249 calories. As you can see, it is made of fresh and nutritious ingredients, it contains vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber, and potassium. You can make use of brown rice to make the roll more healthy. I am sure you must be wondering how to make dragon roll after reading so much about it. The following are a few classic dragon roll recipes for you.
Classic Dragon Roll Recipe
- 2 cups sushi rice
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Avocado
- 50 gm Tobiko (flying fish roe)
- 50 gm BBQ-ed eel (sushi grade)
- 10 medium size shrimp (sushi grade)
- ½ cup Tempura
- 2-3 nori sheets
Cut the tails of 9 shrimp and set aside (store one uncut for later use). Take a bowl add tempura with a little water, mix until a thick mixture is formed. Dip the shrimp in this mixture one by one and deep-fry them for 30 seconds, until they golden-brownish from outside, set aside. Slice cucumber into thin long sticks also peel the avocado in thin layers. Now spread the sushi rice on the nori sheet, flip it over a mat.
Place the cucumber and some avocado slices on the rice, followed by tempura shrimp, place the eel slices on the top. Roll it in inside-out style. Place the remaining avocado layers on the top of the roll and then tighten the roll with the help of a bamboo mat. Spread Tobiko on the entire roll and cut it into a shape of the dragon. Place the stored shrimp at the end of the roll, it will resemble the dragon’s tail. You can add carrot sticks to show dragon’s antennas! Serve immediately with teriyaki and soy sauce.
Red Dragon Roll Recipe
- 3 cups sushi rice
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 6 sheets nori
- ½ small cucumber
- 1 small avocado
- 6 oz sashimi-grade tuna
- ¼ cup fried onions
- ¼ cup Tobiko
- 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
Slice tuna into 1 cm square sticks, also cut avocado into half. Scoop out the avocado pulp with a large spoon and slice into thin sticks. Cut the cucumber into thin slices. Now roll the sushi in inside-out style, place tuna, avocado, and cumber on it. Add a little Sriracha sauce on top and sprinkle Tobiko, fried onions and sesame seeds in the end. Serve immediately.
These were some of the easy dragon roll recipes. You can add your favorite ingredients to any of the above recipes, however make sure that the flavor is not lost. Bon Appetit!