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How To Make Home-Made Spring Rolls

How to prepare spring rolls

Delicious and crispy spring rolls with diverse stuffing came from Thailand and Vietnam and very soon became the trend in the rest of the world. They are called “spring rolls,” because the similar food was traditionally cooked on the first day of Chinese New Year, which is always celebrated in spring. There is a plenty of variations of spring roll recipes: they can be dry, roasted, soaked, served separately, in salads, or soups.

If you feel like making spring rolls, here are some basics of how to prepare spring rolls at home.

The main ingredient

The main component of any spring roll is rice paper, made of rice flour, water, and salt. If you want to take a challenge, you can try to prepare the rice paper on your own, but it would be easier just to buy it in a store. The rice paper is available in different dimensions, width, and form. You can also find rice paper with coconut milk, sesame, chili, durian, dried shrimps, or even bananas.

Spring roll preparation

How to make spring rolls dough

Spring roll preparation at home is a time-consuming activity. Rice seeds are milled into flour, mixed with water and other ingredients until its texture becomes similar to cream. Then apply a thin coat of the fabric and steam it. Every piece should be dried separately.

How to make spring roll wrappers

The rice paper is dry and fragile, so you’ll need to soak it in water till it becomes elastic. For this, you can use flat soup plate. Fill it with warm water, soak several papers simultaneously, leaving a water layer so they will not agglutinate. The white sheets of rice paper become transparent pieces, slippy, and remind a jellyfish. Accurately sponge it with a paper towel and put on a bamboo tablecloth.

The stuffing

The most important thing is to fold up the rolls tightly. Start from the bottom and roll to the center, hiding the sides inside. You can serve spring rolls immediately or roast them, serve them as whole or cut into halves.

Spring roll preparation

How to make spring roll filling

  • It is important to make the stuffing crunchy. For this, use greenery and vegetables: carrots, celery, cucumbers, legumes, etc.
  • To make them taste fresh, add some lettuce, basil, cilantro, or mint.
  • Cut all vegetables into pieces.
  • It is better to use roasted vegetables, meat, seafood, and noodles.
  • Add soy sauce and jinjily oil during roasting.

Stuffing ideas

Here are several combinations of spring roll ingredients:

  1. Vegetable oil, carrots, cabbage, rice noodles, soy sauce, leggumes, salt, and seasoning.
  2. Asparagus, smoked salmon, carrots, avocado, and seasoning.
  3. Chapped meat (pork, veal, lamb, or chicken), fried with onions, oyster sauce, chopped mushrooms, carrots, rice noodles, soy sauce, water, potato starch, lime juice, jinjily oil, fish sauce, and salt.
  4. Garlic, vegetable oil, cabbage, shrimps, mushrooms, soy sauce, cilantro, basil, chopped chili pepper, and salt.

How to make spring roll sauce

Spring rolls taste delicious with various sauces:

  • soy sauce
  • hot chili sauce
  • sweet chili sauce
  • teriyaki

Spring roll preparation

You can also experiment and mix:

  • soy sauce, orange and lemon juices, mirin, and chili pepper flocks;
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons peanut oil, 1 teaspoon hot sesame oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, pinch of sugar;
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon hot chile oil, 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped.

How to prepare spring rolls

Vegetable rolls

spring rolls

Ingredients

  • 10 sheets of rice paper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 carrot
  • 50 g of cabbage
  • Basil, cilantro, mint

Preparation

  1. Cut the cucumber, avocado, and carrot into sticks. Chop the cabbage. Wash and dry the greenery.
  2. Fill a soup plate with warm water and soak the rice paper sheets.
  3. Place the stuffing on rice paper and wrap it.
  4. Serve with sauce, chili, or teriyaki sauce.

Time: 10 minutes

Portions: 10 pieces

Calories: 61kcal

Shrimp rolls

spring rolls

Ingredients

  • 10 sheets of rice paper
  • 15-20 shrimps
  • 10 pieces of lettuce
  • 150 g of rice noodles
  • 2 carrots
  • 50 g of cabbage
  • 50 g of wheat germs
  • 25 g of cilantro
  • Mint

Preparation

  1. Boil the shrimps for 1-2 minutes. If you use frozen shrimps, defrost them in microwave oven first.
  2. Soak the noodles in warm water for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Cut the carrots and cabbage.
  4. Soak the rice paper in water to soften it.
  5. Wrap the rolls.
  6. Serve as whole or cut into halves.

Time: 15 minutes

Portions: 10 pieces

Calories: 129 kcal

Strawberry and feta rolls

spring rolls

Ingredients

  • 8 sheets of rice paper
  • 200 g of strawberry
  • 90 g of spinach
  • 50 g of feta cheese
  • 40 g of pecan nuts
  • 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

Preparation

  1. Chop the strawberry and cheese. Grit the nuts.
  2. Soak the rice paper in water to soften it.
  3. Place some spinach leaves, two tablespoons of strawberry, two dessert spoons of nuts, and two dessert spoons of cheese. Wrap the rolls.
  4. Sprinkle with the
  5. vinegar and serve.

Time: 10 minutes

Portions: 8 pieces

Calories: 89 kcal

Salmon rolls

spring rolls

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets of rice paper
  • 6 leaves of Chinese cabbage
  • 80-100 g of smoked salmon
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame
  • Basil

Preparation

  1. Cut carrot and cucumber into sticks, and salmon into slices.
  2. Soak the rice paper in warm water to soften it.
  3. Place a leaf of Chinese cabbage, salmon, carrot, and cucumber. Sprinkle with sesame and wrap it.
  4. Cut the rolls into halves and serve.

Time: 15 minutes

Portions: 6 pieces

Calories: 74 kcal

Quinoa rolls

spring rolls

Ingredients

  • 10 sheets of rice paper
  • 150 g of quinoa
  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 120 g of peanut butter
  • 25 g of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • ¾ desert spoons of hot chili sauce

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil and roast quinoa during 2-3 minutes. Add 2 glasses of water, wait until it starts to boil, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes until the liquid soaks.
  2. Cut the vegetables into sticks.
  3. Cook the sauce: mix peanut butter, 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, honey, chili sauce, and juice from ½ lime. In case the sauce is too dense, add some water.
  4. Add the rest of lime juice and the rest of soy sauce to quinoa.
  5. Soak the rice paper in warm water to soften it.
  6. Place quinoa and vegetables on rice paper and wrap it.
  7. Serve rolls with sauce.

Time: 30 minutes

Portions: 10 pieces

Calories: 253 kcal

Difference between samosa and spring roll

The main difference between samosa and spring rolls is the pastry. When you find out how to make spring roll pastry, most likely you decide to find the ready-made rice paper at the store. The pastry for local spring rolls is made of all-purpose flour.

Nigerian spring rolls

How to make Nigerian spring rolls

  1. Mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1tbsp. of vegetable oil, a pinch of salt, and some water in the bowl. The mixture should be watery, like for the pancakes.
  2. Heat the frying pan and prepare pastry – spread the batter with the kitchen brush to make a thin wrap.
  3. Choose one of the abovementioned variants of stuffing.
  4. Make a wrap.
  5. Add some sauce.
  6. Serve!

Now you know how to make spring rolls at home – sounds like time to master your culinary skills.

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