Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spicy & Healthy - Curried Date Rolls

This recipe is very special to me as it is given to me by my mom, who makes the worlds best "Bharwan Karela" (or Stuffed bitter gourd). I have improvised a bit by adding a few things making it more oriental & healthy.

I had a few concepts in mind in what to roll in along with the dates  and gave a caramelized onion filling with shot of wasabi filling a go. You can also try julliens of red and yellow bell peppers. To make it wholesome some finely chopped tofu goes in as well. 

Cabbage serves as a nice base & so does Spinach

Use Pizza Cutter to cut Uniform strips from your greens.
Cabbage & Spinach are my greens. You can choose lettuce as an alternative.
A thinly chopped Tofu fare gives a mouthfeel to the rolls & compliments the flavors.
If you don't have tofu ready paneer can go in.

Finely chop your Tofu into cubes of 1/4" X 1/4"
So here's how it we do it ...

Tomatoes: 1
Onion: 1 (Finely Chopped)
Ginger Garlic paste : 1/2 tsp
Salt: To Taste
Turmeric Powder: Pinch
Garam Masala: 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil : 2 tsp
Cabbage: 1-2 Firm Leaves
Spinach: 3-4 Firm Leaves
Dates: 4
Tofu Cubes : 1/4 Cup

First thing you do is wash the dates & keep them aside to dry.
Use paper towel to take excess moisture off.
In a pan stir fry your chopped onion til it turns golden brown (i prefer to use red onions as they caramelize better)
Add seasoning of garam masala, salt, turmeric powder & tomatoes (again finely chopped).
Roast till the mixture becomes consistent. 
Take out this mixture in a bowl.
Take a nonstick pan, drizzle few drops of olive oil. 
Gently heat your Cabbage/Spinach leaves for few seconds, dont overheat, else they will become soggy & fall off.
Take the leaves out spread them on a plate.
Layer the curried mixture on the leaves
Add a few small cubes of tofu.
Add a dash of Wasabi sauce.
Throw in a 1 full date on to each curried leaf & roll it up, and heat the rolls in the non-stick pan again for 30 seconds.

A Healthy Mix of ingredients creates great flavors...

The wonderful curried rolled dates are ready to be served with a herb tomatoes & soy sauce. 

Heavenly looking Platter !!!

I also tried & liked dipping my rolls in Pudina Yogurt Dip !!!!!!

Just couldn't stop taking pictures...
Nice & Fresh, very Appetizing !!!

Hope you can give these a try & Let me know how you like them.

Sending this post to - Simple Lives Thursday event, 32nd Edition hosted by Little bit of Spain in Iowa.

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  1. That platter is looking really heavenly.. lovely clicks as always..I would love to grab it..moms are great..btw do post in the bharwan karelas, I always wanted to make them.

  2. Hi Sonia,

    These rolls are soooo pretty! I love the way you chose to photograph the various ingredients too! Yum! Tasty dipping sauces, healthy vegetables! This is a perfect starter!

    Thanks for dropping in at The Spice Garden! Nice to see new people finding my little spot in cyberspace! Come back again soon!

  3. Wow! This looks gorgeous, a simply attractive dish. Great looking pictures.

  4. hat looks like a winner...delicious!!

  5. Really amazing!!!!New and innovative ideas.....Great photography

  6. amazing concoction. can't wait to try. yet another of your recipes i'm saving to my online cookbook (

  7. Creative and delicious. Excellent photos.

  8. Tats a killer recipe.. I have just finished my bowl of salad for dinner. This makes it more interesting!!

  9. I thank each one of you for dropping by my space and leaving a note of appreciation... !

  10. I m not a big fan of tofu..infact I dont like it at all but dates with cabbage and spinach is quite interesting for me.Nice presentation.

  11. I find so many fun, new recipes on your blog! Thanks!

  12. Refinerd simplicity! Those rolls are fantastic. Perfect when one want to indulge in healthy way.



  13. I love the flavors you are bringing together in this dish. And great idea to use the pizza cutter to trim the greens!


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