Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spring Rolls


Spring Roll is a traditional chinese snack made with a thin dough sheet with vegetable or meat filling inside. Generally eaten during the beginning day of spring in China ,  in a way welcoming spring by eating spring rolls &  the practice was also believed to ward off evil & disaster , hence the name. Spring rolls have a long history & at one point of time it was also known as the "five spice dish" because 5 hot & spicy ingredients like spring onion , garlic & hot peppers were added to it.
I fell in love with this snack when we moved from my small hometown to a metro. The small chinese joint  that was at a walking distance became our favourite haunt for delicious chinese food. The guy churned out big fat  fresh spring rolls that were out of this world & we stayed loyal to the small joint until one fine day it was shut down for reasons unknown. That is when I tried making them at home but getting the dough sheet right is kind of a tough job. My happiness knew no bounds when I discovered the beautifully rolled out thin spring roll sheets in the frozen food isle after coming to the US. Now it is just one of the easiest snacks to make with vegetables of your choice & can be prepared ahead of time , refrigerated & fried only when you have to ......easy, breezy & simple.........

So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients: 


10 spring roll sheets (  I used Sei-Chuan Brand)
I cup of finely shredded cabbage
1/4 th cup finely chopped  carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped Green peppers ( Capsicum)
1-2 spring onion finely chopped
8-10 cloves garlic very finely chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger finely chopped
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp red chilli paste ( I used Sriracha)
1-2 tsp oil
salt & black pepper  to taste
Oil for deep frying

2 tablespoons of all purpose flour & water paste .


Method: 


Thaw the spring roll sheets according to package directions. Keep them in a moist kitchen towel while rolling so they don't dry out.

Heat oil in a pan , add garlic & saute till it turns a little brown. Now add the ginger, spring  onions & carrots & saute for another minute , add the cabbage & capsicum , the soya sauce & sriracha , salt & pepper to taste . Mix everything well & switch off the heat as we want the vegetables to be crunchy. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a plate & spread it out as we need to stop the cooking immediately & also sometimes the vegetables turn watery if left in the hot pan.
Let the vegetables cool completely.
For rolling the spring rolls, take one sheet at a time & place it on a work surface in a way that one end points towards you. Place 1-2 spoons of vege mix a little above the corner  & start rolling , when almost half way through, roll the two sides in, it will look like an envelope at this time. Apply a little all purpose flour & water paste to the edges & continue rolling till the end. The roll is now ready. Follow the same  process for all rolls.
Deep fry in hot oil until they turn golden  brown ( Make sure the oil is very hot , if not hot enough the rolls will absorb a lot of oil )

Serve immediately with dressing of your choice.
Enjoy.....................

35 comments:

  1. I can die for this crispy beauties, my fav anytime..seriously am drooling over that irresistible platter..

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  2. awesome presentation!! simply luv ur space :))

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  3. wow lovely rolls ... my all time fav. ... looks so tempting and & yummmy !!!!!!

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  4. spring rolls look awesome dear..feel like grabbing from pics..amazed by ur presentation ideas..

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  5. is'nt that the most perfect spring rolls! love them, the sauce and the perfectly sliced salad...oh...what lovely pics too...so inspiring!

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  6. Love it love it love it.Great way to make something special and tasty:)

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  7. Awesome looking rolls.I can finish off that entire
    batch in one sitting.

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  8. Lovely post....Spring rolls looks awesome...

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  9. The spring rolls look Yummy. Loved the pics, making me hungry!!
    Have a fabulous day Alpana:)

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  10. Wow ! Your spring rolls are absolute beauties Alpana.Nice presentation and they are too tempting.

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  11. Oh yum. Those look amazing and delicious. Beautiful presentation.

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  12. oh they r so so yumm..awesome click n presentation..

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  13. Wow lovely clicks ...spring rolls looks delicious and yummy!!

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  14. I have been meaning to make spring rolls for the longest of time BUT i don't know where to get pastry sheets here in Hyd and i simply do not have any luck working with yeast and so it's been on the "have to make' list for long...long..long time

    This post makes me hungry :)

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  15. My most favorite snack!
    You had made it perfectly! and smart shots!!
    love the presentation!!
    you've got a lovely space here.keep up your work girl!

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  16. These spring rolls look more than perfect!!! The sheets look flaky & crispy & the filling is mildly flavored..These rolls are a delight to have any time :))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  17. Awesome spring rolls Gal. Just perfect.

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  18. Im just wishing to get a bite of it..my fave any time..ur pics make anyone drool..

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  19. spring rolls look awesome dear..feel like grabbing from pics..amazed by ur presentation

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  20. Such a popular snack...my fav too :-)You have made it so perfect

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  21. I just love spring rolls but i cannot make it that neatly ever!
    Seriously wish I could just grab one from the screen right now :)
    Your photography is amazing.
    www.sunshineandsmile.com

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  22. Lovely clicks.Looks delicious and yummy

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  23. First time here..the spring rolls look so delicious..lovely clicks.Tempting!!

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  24. love your perfection dear..sounds lipsmacking..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  25. Looks so fab ..with beautiful pics ....

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  26. I thought of trying it many time. but till I didn't do. Spring rolls look awesome and delicious. Love your eye catchy photos and presentation.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  27. I have never prepared spring rolls but its great to know there are spring rolls sheets. The picture looks so lovely and the recipe is yummy...will try it out ...

    Super Yummy Recipes

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  28. wow....
    looks perfect and delicious dear :)
    beautiful clicks.
    will soon give a try.

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  29. Lovely looking spring rolls, looks awesome. Beautiful clicks as usual.

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  30. what beautiful pictures and this is my all time favorite snack! Somehow I can never have the patience to make it. Lovely space you have here!

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  31. delicious looking spring rolls
    following your lovely site
    nice to meet you

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  32. I love spring rolls, these look so good! The pics are amazing! Very nice space you have here.

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