Tonight’s dinner-Chickpea and vegetable spring rolls with a minty yogurt dip

by Sunita on July 17, 2009

Sometimes the day just whizzes and by; the mind, at times, occupied by many other things, and before you realise it, it’s dinner time. Today was one such day. It was the last day of Rengoni and Agastya’s school before the summer break. Just the thought makes me smile ( at least for now ;-) )…no early morning rush for the next six weeks. Yaay!

Anyway, coming back to the kitchen, a pack of spring roll wrappers have been languishing in a remote corner of my pantry for quite a while now. So I dragged it out and rummaged the fridge. I had actually boiled some potatoes and was thinking of making a potato and peas curry along with some rotis. But this idea just flew out of the window. Instead, the potatoes, along with a few other ingredients made their way into the spring roll wrappers as the filling. In place of the popular Asian flavours that go into most spring rolls, mine hadĀ more of a Mediterranean touch.

Its very simple to rustle up and is full of flavours too. And best of all, they more than made up for for my laziness in making rotisĀ  :-)

I also happily stepped out to snip some mint leaves from my tiny herb patch, for a mint and yogurt dip.

What’s needed- The measurements given below ( especially the potatoes, peas and chickpeas) may be very slightly less or more than I actually used, so please use your own discretion-

3-4 C of roughly mashed boiled potatoes
2-2 and 1/2 c of boiled chickpeas
1-1 and 1/2 c of fresh peas
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 a carrrot, grated
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
3 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 tblsp of Italian seasoning
2 tblsp of sundried tomato paste
1 and 1/2 tblsp of cumin powder
1 tsp crushed red chillies (more or less)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

About 20 round rice papers (can be found in the Asian aisle of supermarkets or in an Asian grocery store)

For the mint and yogurt dipping sauce-

fresh mint leaves and yogurt blended together with a little salt (not a thick mixture)

How to-

  1. Heat the olive oil and add the onions. Cook the onions till they are translucent.
  2. Roughly mix together the rest of the ingredients for the filling and add to the onions. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes or till all the ingredients come together and release their flavours. Keep aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the wrappers. Line a dish with plastic wrap. Dip each wrapper in clean water and bring to set on a dry dish ( I used a wooden board) for 1-2 minutes or until soft and pliable. Place a tblsp ( I added slightly more) of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the side near to you over the filling and tucking in on both the ends, roll it up. The edges will seal themselves. Arrange the rolls on the lined dish till ready to serve. Check this video on rolling spring rolls.
  4. Serve the rolls with the dip.

These rolls went down a treat for us today.

They were filling and full of flavours…easy to make and good to taste.

The light minty yogurt dip went very well with the rolls and there were four very happy people in the house after dinner today. Not a bad start to the summer holidays !

Now, I better go and catch some sleep. Aha! No hurry from tomorrow morning! For a change! :-)

Take care and have a great weekend!

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cooking With Dia July 18, 2009 at 12:58 am

Amazing! I love your photography and this recipe especially because I love chickpeas and spring rolls! I’m gonna try this tomorrow for lunch.


2 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Dia,,,do give the rolls a try :-)


3 pavithra July 18, 2009 at 1:01 am

Wow thats looking fantastic .. twist in the vietmese roll and loved ur photography so much


4 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Pavithra :-)


5 pavithra July 18, 2009 at 1:03 am

With this stuffing i have never tried.. wil try it out for sure…


6 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Do give it a try :-)


7 Archana July 18, 2009 at 2:05 am

Very simple and surely looks delicious, Now one question, these were steamed. I mean, you pre steamed the wrappers? Nevertheless, will hunt for these niche wrappers in Bangalore (I hate, supposedly tech city with max expat population, but need to hunt for ingredients all the time. I guess Recession has set in).

They seem easy and healthy, most of all I think my kids might light them as well and if steamed a healthy school snack. Snacks Sunita for the difference.


8 Sunita July 18, 2009 at 11:17 am

Archana , they were not steamed. I used dry rice papers, which were softened in water to make them pliable. Place the filling, roll up and they are ready to serve. Of course, you can deep fry or bake them if you wish.


9 pragyan July 18, 2009 at 3:19 am

Awesome! I too have a spring roll wrapper pack languishing in the freezer..this recipe may salvage it! :)


10 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Pragyan, you need to take out the wrappers :-)


11 rush July 18, 2009 at 4:08 am

Looks amazing..and with the pictures, what an effect..i really think u shud start ur own catering business..u excel at what u do!!!


12 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

No plans for a catering business yet, but thanks for your kind words :-)


13 Khaugiri July 18, 2009 at 4:11 am

Wow looking tempting!!!!! will try it soon….


14 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Thank you…do give it a try :-)


15 prathibha July 18, 2009 at 6:02 am

waaah..thats a yummy stuffing and a nice roll…


16 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Thank you Pratibha :-)


17 Rosa July 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

Those spring rolls look delicious! I love your choice of filling!




18 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Thanks Rosa…yes,the filling was a nice change from the usual :-)


19 CurryLeaf July 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

Fantastic.I too have Spring roll wrappers languishing in my pantry.Love the innovative filling.


20 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Bring out those wrappers :-)


21 Soma July 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm

You put a really great & filling twist to the rice wrappers. I have a whole pack of the wrappers & have been wanting to make the fresh rolls… now i have another idea.


22 RedChillies July 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You know, I need to look at the Rice papers, looks very interesting and nutritious to me. Thanks Sunita.


23 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm

You’re welcome RC. I found the rice papers at the local Asian grocery store…you might even find them in the Asian aisle of the supermarket.


24 Srivalli July 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm

beautiful pictures suni!


25 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Thanks Sri :-)


26 Divya Vikram July 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

They look pretty and simple to make!Love the dip too!


27 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Thanks Divya…yes they are quite simple to make :-)


28 Shwetha July 19, 2009 at 4:17 am

Hi Sunita,

Just wanted to let you know – your blog is fantastic.I love your pictures and the way you write.I’ve tried out a couple of recipes and they turned out real good just as promised.
I’ve been following your blog for close to 2 years now.But never actually left a comment.:)
Well now I’ve started out my own food blog.It’s not as professional as yours but I’m trying.
You’ve been a source of inspiration.


29 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Dear Shwetha,

Thank you for your kind words, glad you feel at home in this space . Congrats on your new blog.


30 Munni July 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Amazing, this recipe is a must try. Thank You !!


31 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Munni, do give it a try :-)


32 Nirmala July 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

Oh I like them…I like them…like them very much. the mint yogurt dip was fantastic!


33 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Nirmala :-)


34 zoe July 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

This is a lovely savory spring roll. I usually stuff them with raw veggies. The dipping sauce is delicious.


35 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Thanks Zoe…I usually do the raw veggy thing too and so this was a nice change :-)


36 Shanta Nair July 22, 2009 at 1:18 am

I have been reading your blog for sometime now but never left a comment this is the first time I am commenting. You have a fantastic blog here. Your dishes looks so yummy! What can I say about your photography, simply fantastic! Keeps it rocking!


37 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Shanta…glad you like this space :-)


38 Miri July 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

These look delicious! I have to try to get these wrappers over here!


39 Sunita July 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Thanks Miri…do try to get them :-)


40 Miri July 29, 2009 at 4:35 am

That sundried tomato paste is such an inspired touch!!


41 vinodh March 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

thanks for this recipe. we are going to try this tomorrow.


42 vinoodh May 22, 2012 at 6:53 am

particularly the spring roll is mouthwatering


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