Making sushi at home is fun, delicious, and easier than you think. You don't need special equipment like sushi mats to make perfect rolls. All you need is a kitchen towel, plastic wrap and your sushi ingredients. Here's how it's done.
Once you have all your ingredients ready to assemble, take a clean kitchen towel and lay it on a flat surface that is as wide as your sheets of seaweed. You want a surface that isn't too tall (like some counters can be) so you can apply the appropriate amount of pressure on the roll. Lay six to eight inches of plastic wrap on top of the towel. This will keep the rice and other ingredients from sticking to the towel.
Assemble your sushi roll on top of the plastic wrap, leaving three to four inches of space between the edge of your sushi and the edge of the towel. Gently pull up on the edge of the towel closest to you and bring it over sushi so it starts to curl in on itself. You only need to have it curl in a little bit, don't rush it or try to do too much at once.
Drape the towel over the unrolled portion of the sushi and press the rolled part together so that it holds the roll shape. Continue rolling then pressing the sushi until your roll is complete. Slice and enjoy the tasty efforts of your labour. For a visual demonstration, check out the video above.
Easily Roll Sushi Without a Bamboo Mat -- Using a Towel! [Easy Cooking (YouTube)]