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Light, fluffy, and short-grained, bulgur makes a great alternative to rice for veggie sushi. Here, it’s infused with maple syrup and rice vinegar for a touch of sweetness. Cilantro sprigs are tucked in with the vegetables to give these rolls a hit of fresh, herbal flavor. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, try substituting basil, parsley, or tarragon.


  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 3 toasted nori sheets
  • 1 medium zucchini, seeded and cut into twelve 4×¼-inch strips
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced, and separated into strips (1 cup)
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • Wasabi paste


  1. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan bring 1½ cups water to boiling. Stir in bulgur and vinegar mixture. Cover pan and remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Drain; fluff bulgur with a fork.
  3. Prepare a station to assemble rolls. Lay sushi mat on cutting board; place a nori sheet lengthwise on mat. Spoon ⅔ cup of the bulgur onto nori. Using your fingers, press bulgur into an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border on the top and bottom edges of nori. Arrange one-third of the vegetable strips and cilantro lengthwise over bulgur.
  4. Lift bottom edge of the mat and roll nori sheet over vegetables, making sure to tuck the veggies under as you roll so they are not pushed out the top. Roll to top and seal by pressing nori edge into roll. If needed, brush edge with water to seal.
  5. Dip a long, sharp knife in water, then cut roll in half. Cut each piece in half again, and then again to make eight pieces.
  6. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to make and cut two more rolls. Serve rolls with tamari and wasabi paste.

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Sue Zega9 months ago
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Maya – who or what is your source regarding your statement about honey being cruel to bees?

Donna Fields11 months ago
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Really delicious. I was completely sceptical because of how simple the recipe is. However, the vinegar/molasses (I used honey), arrow root (I used corn starch), was key and made it absolutely delicious. I also changed the rice for quinoa and added chia so it would gel together a bit better. Very successful. Thank you so much for sharing. I don’t even have a sushi roller, so I just pressed the noori sheets tightly, added avocado to the top with the soy sauce, and an incredibly satisfying lunch!!!

Maya10 months ago
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Please consider using a non honey sweetener because of the cruelty to the bees. Honey is also not a sustainable or environmentally friendly industry and is dangerous to other bee populations.

Julietta2 years ago
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You are the best , thank you so much for giving us acsses to all your beautiful recipes
Thank you

Maggie9 months ago
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Not if you get your honey from a small local hobby beekeeper that you know.

ian h.2 years ago
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You’re on a roll with all these sushi recipes lately. I need to put the sushi making kit stashed in my pantry to use and try one of them soon!

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