Inari is a God of the Japanese Shinto religion and a fitting namesake for these delicious stuffed pouches of tofu.
Inari sushi(stuffed sushi) is quite different to seaweed wrapped sushi. The pouches are made of deep fried tofu, sometimes known as aburage. The texture is a bit like omelette but the pouches are sweet and savoury in taste. They are usually filled with just rice but this recipe adds few more flavours and is very tasty.
Cook your sushi rice - preferably in a rice cooker - and leave it to cool before mixing in a rice dressing made of 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of mirin, 2 teaspoons of castor sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of Gomashio (roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt).
Finely chop a carrot and a large handful of mushrooms and cook in a bamboo steamer for a few minutes until tender.
In a large bowl, mix the vegetables with some sesame seeds and a glug of seasame oil and leave it to cool down.
Add the rice and some daikon radish (Takuan), chopped finely again, and give it a light stir. Some recipes like to use a dash of lime juice as well but it’s optional.
Now comes the messy (but fun) bit. The Inari pouches come ready to serve so all you have to do is fill them up with the rice and vegetables and then firmly press the sides together to seal them up.
That’s all there is to it. All that you have to do them is spread them on a serving dish and serve with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.