Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tofu and Veggie Roll

Tofu also known as bean curd is relatively high in protein. Tofu comes in many varieties such as firm, silken, extra firm which is great for stir-fry recipes. Tofu is also a good alternative for vegetarian people. It is quite popular in Chinese and Thai cuisine.
Spring rolls come in both fried and non-fried variety. Today's recipe is non-fried rolls. These spring rolls tastes delicious and are also healthy. Wonderful filling of tofu and veggies wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and served with spring roll sauce. I saw Giada from food network making sweeter version of non-fried spring rolls with fruit filling, can't wait to make those too. But first let's get started with our Tofu and Veggie Spring Rolls.

Ingredients
1/2 Cup Cilantro(washed)
1 inch ginger
1 clove garlic
Salt as per taste
(Grind the above ingredients to a smooth paste)

12-15 Spring roll wrappers (Picture to give you the idea) These are transparent and  very thin rice papers.

1 tsp canola oil
1 small onion finely chopped
12.3 oz Packet Firm Tofu grated
2 Carrots grated
1 Cup Cabbage shredded
1 Cup Zucchini cut into thin matchsticks
1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper cut into thin matchsticks
2 Sprigs Spring Onion cut 2 inch pieces
1 1/2 Cup cooked rice noodles(Boil noodles according to package instructions)
Sweet spring roll sauce as required(I buy Pantai brand sweet spring roll sauce)
Hot sauce of your choice as required(e.g Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce)

Method
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add ground paste and saute for few minutes. Add grated tofu and stir fry until tofu is completely dry. This will take few minutes as water content is high in tofu. Keep aside once done. This is your tofu filling. Keep  all the other ingredients ready.
Let's start assembling them. Soak a rice paper in warm water for few seconds until soft. Lay this rice paper on a damp kitchen towel so that the rice paper won't stick(this is the coolest idea I saw on Giada's show). Spread spring roll sauce and hot sauce according your taste in the middle and then add tofu mixture followed by noodles and veggies to form a rectangle. Close the sides and roll it just like a burrito from down to up. 
Repeat the same procedure for the remaining wrappers to make spring rolls. 

You can serve them as a side dish or accompany it with some nice and light soup and you've got yourself a nice and healthy dinner.

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