Sakura denbu (pink fish flakes) or furikake rice sprinkles to add color to the sushi rice for the petals. I added color by cooking the rice with a small amount of black rice.
To make the petals, roll the colored sushi rice into 5 narrow rolls (using the 75 g of sushi rice divided into 5 parts).
Make 5 narrow sushi rolls.
Surround the sausage with the 5 narrow sushi rolls to make a flower pattern.
Use a makisu (bamboo rolling sushi mat) to adjust the flower shape.
Spread white sushi rice on 1 sheet of sushi nori (To fit the length of the sausage, the sushi should be rolled along the longer side of the sheet of nori. Leave 2 cm at the end of the nori, without adding more sushi rice).
Wrap the pink petal portions from Step 4 inside the white sushi rice roll.
To prevent the flower pattern from losing shape, wrap tightly and slice the rolls evenly (wipe knife off after each cut for a clean finish on the florets).
For a Doll's Festival dinner celebration, I made these decorative floret sushi rolls and temari sushi rolls.
Story Behind this Recipe
My son grew black rice at his preschool. I came up with the idea for festive floral sushi rolls since I wanted him to enjoy sushi with black rice. It's simple, but a sure hit with the kids. We make them regularly at home.
Tip 1: The sushi should be rolled along the longer side of the nori seaweed. Tip 2: Use a clean knife to cut the sushi (to keep the flower pattern intact). Try using a variety of colors in the sushi rice for the petals to make colorful sushi rolls. Isn't this a perfect dish for springtime?