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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