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 ...

Ingredients: 
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

Method:
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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13 comments:

The Foodie said...

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.

Susan said...

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!

Umm Mymoonah said...

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

Deeba PAB said...

hat looks like a winner...delicious!!

Hind said...

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

Laura said...

amazing concoction. can't wait to try. yet another of your recipes i'm saving to my online cookbook (http://cookmarked.com).

Pam said...

Creative and delicious. Excellent photos.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

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

Sonia said...

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

Tanvi said...

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.

Danelle said...

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

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

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

Cheers,

Rosa

alyce said...

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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