I started my cooking escapades earlier this year after I got married and moved to the States.This was my first time away from home and I was now in-charge of feeding our brand new family of two :D. I have an enormous appetite and enjoy a variety of cuisines, East Asian in particular.I mean look at all the healthy choices they make. Flash cooked veggies with legumes, big bowls of nourishing soup and simmering hot pots are just few of the delicacies which adorn an asian dining table, everyday! They steam,stew and stir-fry their way to goodness! All this healthy eating is their secret to healthy bodies, glowing skins and long lives!
I thought that it would be nice to incorporate some of these dishes in my diet and thus began my quest to research, experiment and create!This recipe(the first amongst many) is an ode to my love for East and South Asian cooking, a mé·lange of two distinct yet equally delectable cuisines, which will hopefully satiate your famished palate over the weekend.
Veggie Nem cuốn (Vietnamese Rice paper rolls):
Let’s have a quick look at the recipe.
5 round rice paper wrappers
Filling: 1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 cup of assorted vegetables (peas, carrots, beans, corns-chopped)
1 cup of cottage cheese / paneer (crumbled)
2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce (Other alternatives at the end of the post)
1/2 tablespoon of salt
The “Star Ingredient” of our recipe-Rice Paper Wrappers, are made from a mixture of rice flour, water and salt. These are rolled out by machine to paper thinness and then dried on bamboo mats in the sun. This brand is Non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free, which makes it an ideal choice for vegan rolls.You can find these at your local Asian store or any Supermarket.
Step 1: Heat the oil in a pan and saute’ onions and veggies until they are soft.
Step 2: Add the crumbled paneer and saute’ it till it is nice and tender.
Step 3: Add in 2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce (or any other sauce of your choice), salt and stir it well. Keep the flame on medium to high heat. The filling is now ready, make sure not to overcook it.
Step 4: Rice paper needs to be softened before use. Soak them in a plate filled with warm water until they are soft (this would take around 50-60 seconds). Handle with care, they can get a bit slimy if kept in the water for too long.
Step 5: Take a spoonful of the filling and place it on the rice paper. Gently roll and secure both ends.
Step 6: That’s how we roll ^_^v
Step 7: Ta-daa!!! ^_^
Alternatives for the filling sauce.
We had these rolls with a hotpot (recipe in the next edition of Vegan Wednesdays!) and trust me, it was quite filling. These no-fry rolls can be prepared with a variety of ingredients and are a healthier alternative to the ones at that Chinese takeaway near your place! Do share your versions with me : ) Happy Cooking!
No fortune cookie tonight but I leave you with some wise words tucked in chocolate wrappings.Until next time..