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Healthy Vegetable Spring Rolls

Posted on August 1, 2011 by in vegetables

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Biting into a greasy Vegetable Spring Roll must be one of my ultimate closet pleasures. Whenever I visit a food market or fete, I am absolutely driven by my craving for this delicious, but “deathly” Chinese snack. I must say though, that after about the third spring roll, quilt takes over and I worry myself sick over the amount of grease I have consumed. Well, no more……
grease for me! I have found a way to reduce the grease, without compromising the taste which means I can still satisfy my craving for Spring Rolls but I no longer have to do it in the closet. In fact, making the Spring Rolls this way, is not only a healthy and nutritious option but the added benefit is that I do not have to waste a whole bottle of cooking oil in the process.
Whenever I talk to people about easy supper ideas and even mention some of the “exotic” ingredients, I immediately get the we-cannot-afford-that-look. So although us as foodies can justify just about any exotic
ingredient as a necessity when we go shopping, I like to invent recipes that are easy to make but also not so hard on the budget. I have to say in my own defense though, that ingredients like sesame oil and a good soy sauce, lasts forever so I only buy it once in a while.  I promise you, these spring rolls are cheap as chips and although I made mine in the Phillips Air Fryer, you could make them in your oven…no problem!

Healthy Vegetable Spring Rolls
(make as many as you like)

spring roll wrappers – available from a Chinese Supermarket
½ cabbage – sliced in very thin strips – as for coleslaw
2 large carrots – grated on the coarse side
a dash of say sauce
a few drops of sesame – optional
egg noodles – optional
toasted sesame seeds
about 100ml vegetable oil
1 egg white – beaten

Heat some of the oil in a an and saute the vegetables on a very high heat. Add the soy and sesame oil of you are using, otherwise just salt will do. The vegetables must still have a crunch so do not overcook. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down and then add the toasted sesame seeds. Place the spring roll wrappers on a flat surface and brush the sides with the egg white. Spoon some of the vegetable mix onto the wrapper and fold the sides in and then roll up. Place on a baking sheet with fold side at the bottom. Repeat until you have used up all the vegetable mix. Brush the spring rolls with a little oil and bake  for 10 minutes or until the pastry has a golden color. Alternatively, place in the basket of the Air Fryer and bake at 200C for about 5-8 minutes. Serve piping hot with this Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
3/4 cup white sugar
¼ cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
a dash of soy
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 heaped tsp corn flour mixed with a little water
2 sliced of pineapple – cut into very small dice
Place vinegar, sugar, ginger and pineapple in a small pot and bring to the boil. Add the soy sauce and then thicken with the cornflour.

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15 Responses to “Healthy Vegetable Spring Rolls”

  1. bellini 1 August 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Sprinrolls are one of my guilty pleasures, but these would make feel a little less guilty.

  2. PinkPolkaDot 1 August 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Delicious, Nins!

  3. thecompletecookbook 2 August 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Your spring rolls are fabulous as is your sweet and sour sauce. Wish I could have a "practice" session with an air fryer – might just bite the bullet and buy one then tell the hubby.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Marisa 3 August 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Oooh I love a good spring roll – so sad that the filling is often bland and tasteless though.

  5. Ramon Thomas 7 August 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Spring rolls has always been my favorite item of food.

  6. Whole Food Recipes 23 August 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    can we use some things else then cabbage in spring roll bcoz i dont like cabbage.

    • Suman 4 March 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      For filling you can use noodles, just toss some veggies with noodles and use as filling, enhances the taste of the spring roll .. 🙂

  7. brooketoomey 29 July 2013 at 3:52 am #

    how many does this recipe make?

  8. Suman 4 March 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    For filling you can use noodles, just toss some veggies with noodles and use as filling, enhances the taste of the spring roll .. 🙂

  9. Kipplis 29 December 2015 at 4:59 am #

    Who needs a tunnel of love when you have a tunnel of fudge! This looks fantastic!!

  10. Nina 8 June 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow, your kind of spring rolls is very delicious, Nina!


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