How To Make Delicious Arabian Sushi

I will talk about a recipe that is a fusion of Japanese, Arab and American cultures. Sound interesting, isn’t it? Well, let me spill out the beans. It is Arabian Sushi, the brainchild of an American Chef who learned the Japanese way of life and presently resides in Dubai. The presentation is Japanese, while the fillings are Arabian.
Let us move on to the recipe, shall we?

Arabian Sushi

·       3 cups Japanese rice (Nishiki or Calrose)
·       ¾ cup water
·       1/3 cup rice vinegar
·       3 tbsps sugar
·       1tsp salt
·       8 nori sheets
The fillings can be Middle Eastern as per your preference.


·       Rinse the rice until the water becomes clear. Drain water and keep aside for 20 minutes. Then cook the rice in a cooker and leave it for 15 minutes.
·       Mix rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Put it on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow it to cool down.
·       Spread the rice on a large plate and sprinkle the vinegar mixture over it.
·       Center a nori sheet on a bamboo sushi mat and wet your hands. Spread a thin layer of rice on the sheet with your hands.
·       Arrange the ingredients of your choice in a line down the middle of the rice. Lift one end of the mat and roll it over the ingredients, pressing gently. Make a complete roll. Repeat with the remaining sheets.

Suggested fillings

·       Shawarma maki- shawarma chicken, cos lettuce, hummus, garlic mayonnaise, Arabian pickle, tomatoes.
·       Falafel maki- falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, tahini pickle, sesame seeds.
·       Beetroot maki- beetroot moutabal, roasted beetroot baton, black sesame seeds, daikonjuliennes.
This recipe is taken from The Ritz- Carlton DIFC.
Hope you try this recipe and make it more enriching with your creativity.
Enjoy and take care
Photos courtesy of
Clint Edward Gulf News
Ritz Carlton DIFC