Saturday, April 11, 2009

Yummy Spring rolls

Any trip to the local chinese restaurant is not complete without this appetizer. But this spring roll is with a twist - relatively healthy!

Most weekends its a mad scramble getting kids to activities, cleaning house and cooking for the week. Last weekend was a little different. My friend was coming over with her Mom and I wanted to experiment - try something different. Of course Pakoras were on the menu but I wanted to try something else too. I love spring rolls and I started surfing for an easy recipe of spring and was delighted to find a non-fried version. I made it on Saturday night and it was polished off in seconds and so I had to make a second batch when my friend's family came over.

This recipe is a little different from my usual easy ones. Most of my recipes take less than 10-15 min to make, this one is adapted from Madhuram's Eggless cooking and did take me about 1 hr to put together.


1/2 of a small Red cabbage - shredded
6-7 Mushrooms - cut into 4 pieces
1 carrot - cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of tofu - cut into small pieces (replace with paneer if you don't like tofu)
2-3 spring onions - cut into small pieces
1/2 red onion - slices thinly
1 table spoon of soy sauce
1/2 table spoon vinegar
1 table spoon of Chili sauce (optional)
2-3 table spoons of Oil
Salt to taste
Thawed Pastry sheets - leave in the refrigerator overnight

How to

1st chop the vegetables as suggested above.
Preheat over to 350 F
While the oven is preheating, take 2 table spoon of oil and saute the vegetables (start with the sliced Onions). Once all vegetables are cooked, add the tofu and salt and stir fry for 1/2 min. Add the sauces and vinegar and take the mixture off the fire and let it cool for a few minutes.

Take a couple of the thawed pasty sheet, fill with the vegetable mixture above and roll. I didn't close the edges but nothing spilled out.
Brush some oil on the baking pan and put these rolls in.
Bake for 30-35 min, turning once in between and brushing with oil again.

Eat fresh off the oven - tastes great. It tastes as good or better than the the deep fried version.