Friday, 22 March 2013

Chicken Spring Rolls | Chinese Chicken Spring Rolls using Pastry Sheets



What's the first dish that comes to your mind when you hear 'Chinese' ? It must be 'Fried Rice' or 'Noodles', correct? Okay, now what's it that comes to your mind when I say 'Chinese Starter'. For me it's always 'Spring Rolls'. A visit to the Chinese restaurant is never complete without gulping this all time favorite of mine. And yes, not to for get the 'Sweet corn corn chicken soup'. I used to order this every other time, that my dad used to ask me, 'Why don't you try something new at least this time?' :D

My mom used to make these spring rolls for us at home. So I knew it was not a Herculean task, barring the vegetable chopping. I think that's the only time consuming factor in Chinese cuisine. Once that's done, the rest is very simple.  It is one of the all time favorites of Deeps too.. He simply loves them and would be in full praises when I make them. And he did come home very early from office yesterday. I am still not sure which one of these two is the reason, 'Not much work today' (as he said) or 'I am making spring rolls for evening tea today' (as I told him in the morn). Anyways we both enjoyed this little delicacies over a hot cup of tea.





Recipe from Ma



I Took:

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Yield: 12 nos


I Used:

Carrot                        - 1 cup (refer notes)
Capsicum                    - 1 cup
Beans                         - ½ cup
Celery                        - ½ cup
Chicken                      - 1 cup
Soya Sauce                 - 1 ½ tsp
Tomato Sauce             - 1 tsp
Chilly sauce                - 1 tsp
Worcestershire sauce   - 1 tsp
Sugar                          - ½ tsp
Pepper powder            - ½ tsp
Ground paste               - 1 tbsp
Oil                              - For deep frying
Salt                             - As needed
Aginomoto                   - A pinch (optional)

To grind:

Ginger                       -  1 tbsp
Garlic                        -  1 tbsp
Chilly powder            -  1 tsp


The Way:

  1. Chop all the vegetables. Clean and cut the chicken into small pieces (like chops)
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the chicken pieces. Add a little salt & pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes
  3. Then add the ground paste and onion and mix well (Ignore the previous step for veg spring rolls)
  4. After 2 minutes of sauteeing add carrot, beans, capsicum, celery and aginomoto and fry
  5. Then mix in salt, soya sauce, tomato sauce, chilly sauce, worcestershire  sauce and the remaining pepper powder and saute in
  6. The veggies should become crisp & crunchy. Do not over cook as they again have to be deep fried
  7. The filling for the roll is ready. Allow it to cool and dry. Moisture content in the filling will make the wrapper wet which will suck in more oil during frying. Hence best to wait till the filling has cooled down with minimum moisture in it
  8. Now off to the spring roll sheets. Defrost them to room temperature before using them. Use the sheets after defrosting as they will dry out & crack if left unattended 
  9. Lay out one of the sheet. Place about a tbsp (depending on the size of your sheet) of the filling on one corner. Lesser the filling, the better. Over sized filling have a tendency to break apart in oil



  1. Fold over that corner and roll in
  2. Fold over both the left & right sides
  3. Make sure there is very little or no air pockets when you fold in the sheet, as they can allow oil to get inside the roll
  4. At this point you can freeze the rolls if required for future use. Make sure the rolls are placed one aside the other (not on top) & covered suitably to prevent drying while freezing
  5. Heat oil in a kadai. Deep fry the rolls. Keep turning the over in oil till the turn golden brown evenly 
  6. Place them over tissue paper to drain off the excess oil. Serve with tomato ketchup

Notes:

  • You can include more vegetables like cabbage & cauli flower. I had run out of them. So did not use here
  • Aginomoto is added to enhance flavor but comes with a list of side effects. So highly recommended to avoid

Linking this to 'Flavors of Chinese Cuisine' event at Julie's 'Erivum Puliyum'


Cheers,
Chitz

36 comments:

  1. Ahh looks yummy!! Veg spring rolls are a favorite!! They way you have cut the rolls, makes it even more drool worthy. I don't have this Worcestershire sauce though, should find it somewhere or is there any alternative?
    I'm sure D came back home because of Spring Rolls :)

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    1. Go ahead without the Worcestershire sauce.. It will still taste great, I promise :)
      Yeah, even I believe so Pavithra :D

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  2. Lovely parcel of goodies. That stuffing made from veges are superb and yes, we have plenty of these over here. Awesome outcome.

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  3. Can i get those crispy rolls rite now, extremely crispy and droolworthy.

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  4. Very tempting ! First time here. Loved your space.

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  5. very tempting n delicious,love this a lot!!

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  6. Thanx for linking dear,Chitz!!

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  7. spring roll looks so perfect and crispy....Happy to follow you...
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  8. The rolls looks so perfectly crispy and yum. So when do I get invited for tea ;)

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  9. wow yummy spring roll:) am drooling here!!

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  10. Lovely rolls...do try to toast them in the oven by just brushing some olive oil on top...it works

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    1. Thanks dear.. Actually Deeps was asking me if there was any way of making that in oven/grill instead of deep fry?? Will try that next time :)

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  11. Delicious spring rolls, I love these crispy treat.

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  12. those are some cute little bundle of goodness.

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  13. Spring rolls look divine!! I am your new follower. Do visit/follow my blog at- http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  14. Delicious spring roll..First time here,happy to follow u..
    do visit and join my space in your free time..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

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  15. hi chitz... i'm really sorry of not having come to your page before... i thought i was already following ur page!!! :( these spring rolls look amazing, i am going to xplore around now, and be rest assured, i'm on your page from now on... :)

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    1. No probs Rafeeda.. Happy to have you here :)

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  16. Yummy homely rolls, Chitz! :) I am a huge fan of them but dislike the hard work behind it ( i think so)
    bought thai rice papers as I had not come across sheets. still apprehensive :)

    Love the crispy covering and chicken filling. Yumm!!

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    1. Oops.. No Bharathy.. If I can make it, U definitely can.. Please go ahead and make them.. I am sure you would love them even more after the effort.. And its half the effort when you have sheets rather than make the dough also from scratch..

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  17. looks real yum....you have a wonderful blog :)

    Reni
    http://reniscooking.blogspot.de/

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  18. Spring rolls looks perfect and crisp. I liked the step by step pictures...droolworthy dish.

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  19. Looks yummy and very healthy at the same time :-)

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  20. Luks yummy and very tempting..:)
    MAHA

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