Sushi is the name for a whole class of Japanese dishes. The Japanese of course, like all, Asians, make a ceremony out of it and make Westerners feels silly in front of them. But here's a simple, two-part sushi, with a rice part called shari and an accompaniment called neta. This variant is called Damirizushi*, and makes enough for 2.

For the Shari:
Sticky Rice - 1 cup, boiled
Vinegar - 4 tablespoons
Sugar -2 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup

Mix the last for ingredients and heat till the sugar and salt dissolve. Spread the boiled rice on a flat pan and wait to cool. Mix in the vinegar mixture, a quarter each time. Mix with a flat wooden ladle, by folding the rice. The rice should not break or get mashed. Let the shari cool till the rice is thick; cool under a fan if necessary.

For the Neta:
4-5 button mushrooms, chopped
1 cup mixed vegetables
2 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp corn flour

Boil the vegetable and mushrooms, and separate the stock. Add venegar, soy sauce, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Add vegetables, mushroom and corn flour. Simmer till the nearly all the water evaporates. Let cool to room temperature.

To serve, take handfuls of the rice and roll into balls or egg-shapes. Place on a plate and flatten the top slightly with a fork. Place the neta over it. Add a bit of parsley over it if you like.

Serve with a smile. Wear a kimono made of Kancheepuram silk if necessary.

*The  author is more skilled at cooks up names for dishes rather than the dishes themselves. Damiri is how the Japanese might say Tamil; Damirizushi simply means Tamil sushi.


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