Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vegetable Spring Packets

Today I was planning to make Chinese Vegetable Noodles and ended up chopping more veggies than required. So decided to try a spring roll. After kneading the dough, I realized that the maida we bought from a Little India store here is totally different from the ones available in India. (Infact it is marked as "wheat flour" on the packet :-)) and the store boy said that it is actually maida but folks here call it wheat flour)!! After this revelation, it takes double the time to shop for groceries here (actually 2+ hours much to the agony of PK who has to manage Ad during those times) as I read every packet thoroughly!.

So the "wheat flour alias maida"dough didnt allow me to roll out bigger "chappathis" for the spring roll. Thus was born the improvised cousin of the spring roll - Spring Packets. You can use any kind of vegetables - even left over poriyals to make this tasty evening snack.

Spring Packets


For the Packets:

1 cup maida / all purpose flour
1 teaspoon oil
a pinch of salt

For the Stuffing: - Cut all these veggies into thin strips

1 Carrot
1/2 Capsicum
1/4 Cabbage
1/2 Onion
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded Garlic
1 teaspoon Soya Sauce
1 teaspoon Tomato Chilly Sauce (any store brought brand like Maggi / Kissan)
a pinch of pepper
salt to taste
1 teaspoon oil (I always prefer sesame oil for chinese dishes. Any oil can be used)
2 tblspoon oil for frying the packets


For the Packet: Mix all the ingredients into a dough and roll it into a round chappath shapei. Cut the chapathi into two halfs (semi circle).

For the Stuffing:

1. Heat Oil in a pan and add the shredded garlic. Fry for a minute.
2. Add the onion and fry for a bit.
3. Add the cabbage, carrot and capsicum and fry till soft but crunchy.
4. Mix in salt, soya sauce and pepper and fry for a minute.
5, Remove from fire and cool the mixture.

For the Packets:

1. Roast the chappathi on a tava on one side only with a little oil.
2. Remove and cut into two halfs (semi circle)
3. Place a little stuffing on the cooked side and fold the packet and seal it with the raw side of hte dough.
4. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, fry the sealed packets until cooked.

Serve with hot tomato sauce.

You may also like to:

  • Add cooked chicken pieces / mushroom / noodles
  • This can be deep fried as well for indulgent folks

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