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Japanese New Year Datemaki

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Datemaki is one of the dishes I cook for our Osechi-Ryori (traditional Japanese New Year's food eaten during the first three days of the New Year). But it is also great for bento :) It looks like Tamagoyaki (rolled omelet) but the texture is fluffier and tastes bit sweeter. Ready-made ones are very sweet but if you make it at home, you can control the sweetness, which is good for your health! I mixed some leftover minced vegetables from decoratively cut vegetables of Nishime to make them colorful and pretty! Practice makes perfect, so I hope you learn how to make Datemaki by the end of the year ;)
Directions

MAKING
1. Place first seven ingredients in a blender / mixer and process until smooth.
2. Add carrot, mushroom and mitsuba and gently mix them with a spoon.
3. Heat cooking oil in a tamagoyaki nabe (rectangular omelet pan), pour the mixture in the pan, cover, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Check if the bottom is brown or not. If the pan is too hot, cool the pan on a wet towel to prevent burning. After the bottom sets, flip over and cook the other side.
4. Cover the bamboo sushi-roll mat with plastic wrap.
5. Flip the omelet onto the mat. While it is hot, score with a sharp knife to prevent breaking, roll the omelet, fasten with rubber bands and allow it to cool until it sets.

SERVING
6. Cut it into thick slices and serve warm or cold.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Japanese
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Sweet
Dish: 
Omelette
Occasion: 
New Year
Ingredient: 
Egg, Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
4
The Japanese need not be told how popular Datemaki are especially for the Japanese New Year. These sweet rolled omelets are abundantly available at supermarkets but why buy cheap “junk food”-style ones when they are so easy to make. Here is a simple and delicious recipe. All you need are some basic and cheap ingredients. It is easy to prepare by using egg and ground fish meat. Datemaki can also make a healthy and complete meal when paired with a salad!

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