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Brown Rice Kimbap

Crazy Vegan Kitchen
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main


  • For the rice
  • 1 cup Short Grained Brown Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed Beet Juice
  • Nori Sheets
  • For the Gochujang Sweet Potato:
  • 1/2 a large Sweet Potato diced
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Gochujang
  • 2 teaspoons Water
  • For the Chickpea Omelette:
  • 4 tablespoons Chickpea Flour/Besan
  • 4 tablespoons Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Salt Kala Namak *
  • For the Veggies:
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 a Carrot grated
  • 1 small Cucumber cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • Salt


  • Rinse your brown rice in water till the water runs almost clear, and then leave your rice to drain in a sieve for half an hour before cooking it.
  • In a small bowl, combine your rice vinegar, mirin agave nectar and beet juice. Whisk to dissolve. Set aside.
  • After 30 minutes of draining your rice, combine with 2 cups of water in a deep saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 35 minutes. Do not open the lid in between!
  • After 35 minutes, turn heat off but keep your pot on the hob, covered, for another 15 minutes.
  • Transfer rice to a bowl and pour vinegar mixture in straight away. Using a paddle, "cut" and "fold" vinegar into rice whilst rotating the bowl at the same time. At this point, I use a mini fan to blow cool air into the rice - this helps it cool rapidly and get sticky. Continue folding, cutting and mixing with the mini fan turned on until your rice is completely cool and sticky.
  • To assemble your rolls, place a nori sheet, shiny side down on a bamboo mat. Using wet hands, press rice down onto your seaweed and cover most of the sheet with it, leaving a 1 inch border nearest to you. Fill with prepared fillings and roll, jelly roll style. Leave your rolls for 5 minutes before cutting them
  • Finally, brush some sesame oil on the top of your Kimbap rolls and use a very sharp knife to make clean, beautiful cuts.
  • For Gochujang Sweet Potato:
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Combine diced sweet potato, salt, pepper, and sesame oil in a bowl. Toss to coat and then transfer to a baking tray and roast for 45 minutes, till soft.
  • Once the sweet potato is cooked, immediately transfer it into a bowl and toss it with Gochujang and water, crushing to mash some of the sweet potato slightly. Set aside to cool.
  • For Chickpea Omelette:
  • Combine chickpea flour, water and black salt in a bowl. Whisk till smooth, and set aside for ten minutes. After 10 minutes, fry as you would a normal omelette, in a non stick pan. Once cooked, cut into strips and set aside.
  • For Veggies:
  • Using 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, sautee carrots with some salt in a pan for 2 minutes. Set carrots aside and repeat the same process with your baby spinach and remaining 1 teaspoon of oil.


Black salt imparts an "eggy" flavor to food, but if you cannot find it, use regular sea salt. It is usually available at Indian grocery stores.
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