CHINESE ROLL (SRILANKAN)


Chinese roll is one savoury delight ,which is

sold in almost all eateries,or bakeries of

SriLanka.

These type of finger food or short-eats is an all

time food in SriLanka .

This is similar to a spring roll, but coated with

breadcrumbs and fried.This can be made with

any filling vegan,or non-vegan.

Spring rolls are crunchy, but these Chinese rolls

are soft.

These rolls are mostly made with fish,and meat

mince.Can be served with tomato sauce, or

mayonnaise.

Why is it called Chinese roll? Because spring

rolls,were originated from the Chinese cuisine,

and this roll recipe is akin to a spring roll,

except for the inclusion of breadcrumb coating.

Appetising and an elegant snack !

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Oil for frying .

For the pancake wrap

2 cups flour

1 egg ( vegans can exclude this )

1 tbsp butter

Salt to taste

Water

Method

Mix all to a thin batter ( not very thin ) and set

aside for 10 minutes.

Heat a griddle and make thin pancakes.

Keep filling in the corner of each pancake .

Fold in from two sides (this is where you decide

the size of the roll you want to make ).

Now roll from the top to a neat roll.

Dip in egg or a batter made with flour and

water ( a little thicker than the pancake

batter)

You could use a little from the pancake

batter .

Roll each roll in breadcrumbs,and fry in oil till

golden brown .

This could be deep fried or shallow fried .

For the filling (filling can be vegan/non vegan)

250 gm fish ( boiled and flaked )

150 gm potatoes boiled and peeled

1-2 leeks or 2 big onions cut fine

2-3 green chilies chopped

1 tomato

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp cummin powder

Juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste

1 tsp roasted curry powder/ 1/2 tsp garam

masala.

Few curry leaves

1-2 tbsp coconut oil

Method

Heat oil in a wok,and add the leeks,tomato

ginger garlic paste,and sauté for 5 minutes .

Next add the rest of the ingredients and cook

for another 5 minutes and set aside.

Use as filling .

PRAWN ‘N’PANEER STUFFED PEPPERS


Stuffed capsicum or peppers is a wonderful

and colourful starter to be served .

There are countless recipes to these categories

of stuffed vegetables.

Today I tried my version of prawn and paneer.

Simple and elegant !

Do try this recipe and post in your comments!

INGREDIENTS

4-5 capsicum cut into half ( horizontal or vertical)

1 onion chopped

100-200 gm prawns cut into small pieces

1 big garlic clove chopped fine

1 green chilli chopped ( optional)

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp chilli powder / pepper powder

Salt to taste

1 -2 eggs beaten lightly

Paneer pieces

A little butter to smear the inside of the

capsicum

METHOD

•Scoop out the inside of the capsicum(not

seeds).

•Smear the inside of the capsicum with butter

and salt.

•Heat butter in a pan,and add flour and spice to

it and cook till light brown.

•Add the prawns,garlic,and onions and mix

well .

•Add a little water enough for a sauce,and

remove from fire.

•Stuff each capsicum with filling .

•Add beaten eggs ( just pour a little below the

level)

•Place a cube of paneer on each. ( you could use

grated cheese too)

•Bake in a preheated oven (200C for 10-15

minutes)

•For variations ,you could try any minced meat

or roasted meat or seafood .

PRAWN ALMOND BIRIYANI


This biriyani made with fried prawns,and

blended with almond paste and other

inclusions was another lovely variation to

another shrimp biriyani, and a Sunday meal.

Check my previous post for another variation

https://calinskitchen.com/2014/11/24/prawn-biriyani/

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm prawns

3 green chillies

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

8-10 almonds soaked

2 tomatoes

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

A handful of coriander leaves

1/4 tsp mace powder

1 cup fried onions

Mint leaves

1/4 cup curd

1 stick cinnamon

5 cloves

5 cardamons

1 tsp garam masala

Ghee + Coconut oil 3 tbsp

2 potatoes peeled and cut

250 gm basmati rice

1 cup milk / coconut milk

METHOD

Add chilli powder and salt to the washed and

cleaned prawns.

Heat a little oil , and fry the prawns and set

aside.Fry the potatoes in the same oil till 3/4th

done and set aside.

Grind the coriander leaves,green chillies and

almonds to a paste.

Cook the rice till 3/4th done with salt ,fennel

seeds( saunf)1 bay leaf ,1 tsp peppercorns ,salt .

Strain and set aside .

Now to the final assembly

•Heat oil and ghee ,and add whole spices.

•Next add tomatoes with salt and turmeric .

•Next add ginger-garlic paste,fried onions,the

remaining spices,curd and the potatoes.

•Lastly add prawns and cook for few minutes.

•Check for salt and remove from fire.

•Now take a wide based pot .

•Add a little ghee to the bottom of the pot.

•Put a little rice ,then the prawn masala ,fried

onions,sprinkle cut fresh mint leaves ,then

another layer of the rice .

•Simultaneously layer all the rice,curry,fried

onions and mint .

•Sprinkle milk on top .

•Cover and cook on a dum mode for 15

minutes.

•Add a tbsp of ghee after removing from fire .

•Serve with raita and your favourite side

dishes .

COCONUT MUSTARD PRAWNS


There are some dishes with few ingredients,but

turn out to flavourful.

This recipe is one of that kind .You can make

the same with fish fillet.

You can make this without frying the prawns

too.If you are using fish you could skip the

frying step .

This is good to be served with rice,or any pulao,

stringhopper ,hoppers,chappathi .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm peeled prawns marinated in a little

chilli powder and salt

2 cups thick coconut milk

2 tsp mustard

4 green chillies slit

1/2 tsp turmeric

A little vinegar / lime

4-5 crushed garlic

1/2 tsp pepper.

Salt to taste

1 -2 tbsp oil ( preferably coconut oil)

METHOD

•First lightly fry / grill the prawns,and set aside.

•Add garlic,pepper turmeric to the coconut

milk ( use only 1 cup )and cook on a low

flame .

•Add the prawns.

•Heat the oil ,add the slit green chillies and

sauté till chillies turn colour .

• Add the remaining coconut milk and the rest

of the ingredients and simmer cook for 10

minutes .

•Add fried curry leaves if you like .

KEERAI DRY SHRIMP VADA


This is an awesome crunch to be served with a

sambhar,rice,rasam …

These dry prawns are used to make shrimp

paste,and sauté with some vegetables and

greens.

Today’s recipe is vada with amaranth leaves ,

and shrimps .

Everyone enjoyed the tasty crunch!

Do try this delicious and easy recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gram dal + a handful of whole moong

gram

2 tsp cummin seeds

8 dry chillies

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp saunf ( perumjeeragam)

10-12 small red onions chopped

1-2 green chillies

1 tsp peppercorns

1 tbsp gram flour

1 cup finely chopped amaranth leaves

1 handful of dried shrimps washed well

2 pinches of asafoetida

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

METHOD

•Wash and soak the gram dal and moong for

minimum 1 hour .

•Grind to a coarse paste with dry chillies,garlic

cummin seeds, peppercorns,saunf.

•Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

•Divide into portions .

•Flatten each vada slightly,and shallow fry till

golden brown.

PRAWN PUFFS


This has been my favourite from my childhood

days . There are many types of prawn puffs,but

I love this peppery ,white sauce prawn mix in

puffs like this .

Today I made these for tea,and thought to share

with you folks !

You can use any pastry for this .Even a patty

pastry will turn good .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

250 gm cleaned,peeled and cut prawns

1 small zucchini

1 capsicum chopped

1/2 cup chopped onions/ leeks/spring onions

2-3 garlic cloves chopped

1 cup milk

1 tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp mustard powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat butter add onions , garlic and sauté.

Add the vegetables,and prawns and sauté for 5

minutes .

Mix milk with the cornflour ,and pour over

vegetables .

When it starts to thicken,switch off the flame

and add the remaining spices and stir.

Use as filling and bake for 24-30 minutes.

BAKED FISH PATTIES


This is like comfort food specially when served

at tea .This can be baked or fried,but I love the

baked patty.

The authentic shape of a patty is a semicircle ,

but it’s your choice of shape in the making. It

can be two circles joined or triangle ,rectangle

or square . But I love the fork markings on the

dough .

The filling can be anything of your choice,but

fish patties is something unique . You could try

with any seafood , minced meat …..

There are some foodies who don’t go beyond

rules. If people had rules to cuisines ,we would

have ,had limited recipes . Thanks to the

culinary world and it’s innovations, fusions in

food. We have numerous and awesome

biriyani variations and many more.. if you get

into detailed descriptions of food innovations

and fusioned food .

Well, there are some foodies who create junk

food in the name of innovation,and fusion food

and I’m not a supporter of that.

I love new innovations and recipes which do

not hinder health .

Now to today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups flour

50 gm butter

1 egg

a little milk

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vinegar

METHOD

•Bind all together to make a soft dough ,and set

aside till you make the filling .

•Divide into portions . Roll out .Place filling.

•Make impressions with fork and seal the

edges.

•Brush the tops with egg yolk and bake in a

200Coven for 20 minutes.

You can make this beforehand,wrap with

cling film or foil and store in the fridge for

1-2 days .

For the fish filling

200-250 gm fish boiled in turmeric and salted

water (Remove bones and flake)

2-3 potatoes boiled and mashed lightly

1 bundle spring onions chopped fine

1 tomato

3-4 green chillies chopped

2-3 pips garlic chopped

1 tsp.pepper powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1/4 tsp.garam masala powder

juice of one lime

salt to taste

1-2 tblsp.oil /butter

METHOD

•Heat oil in a pan,add the garlic,cut spring

onions, tomato and saute for 2 minutes.

•Next add the flaked fish ,potato and rest of the

spices,and remove from fire.

•Add lime juice and salt to taste.

PRAWN ‘N’ BASIL FLAT BREAD


This is a bread flattened like a pizza,made with

semolina and flour .

Made a very sticky dough first,allowed a single

rise,and then added a little flour to only enable

handling of the dough.

Just spread the dough on the baking tray .

Though it looked uneven and rustic ,the bread

was soft .

Made the filling with sautéed garlic,prawns and

fresh basil leaves. ( I cut the prawns, but my

suggestion is to leave it whole ).

Made a white sauce mixed it with the prawns ,

and placed portions of soft cheese (quark) .

Sprinkled chilli flakes,mixed with apple cider

vinegar and olive oil before serving .

It was a lovely dinner ,easy off the table 😀.

So let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

1 cup semolina flour

2 cups flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp sugar

A pinch of baking soda

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Set aside 1/2cup flour.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients with

lukewarm water to a sticky dough .

Allow 1 rise.

Add remaining flour and mix .

Divide into portions of your choice .( 1 made 2

big bases ). You can try mini bases too.


For the filling

Ingredients

250-300 gm cleaned and peeled prawns

1 capsicum chopped

2 big tomatoes chopped

1 small zucchini chopped

5-6 garlic cloves

2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 cup milk

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp butter/oil

1/2 tsp pepper

100-200 gm Quark cheese or any of your choice

Method

Heat butter in a pan ,add the prawns chilli

powder and salt ,and sauté for 5 minutes.

Add basil leaves and garlic and mix well .

Add flour and mix well .

Gradually add milk with the rest of the

ingredients .

Once it starts to thicken remove from fire.

Now spread this filling on the prepared dough.

Bake in a preheated oven 200C for 20 minutes .

Remove from oven .

Spread chilli paste.

Serve!


For the paste

3-4 tbsp chilli flakes

1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

1-2 tbsp olive oil

A little salt

Mix all ingredients together and apply lightly

on baked bases and serve.

SQUID FRY


Squid in seafood is good source of protein and

good cholesterol . Deep frying increases the bad

cholesterol levels,like fried calamari . When

cooked or baked the effects are vice-versa.So do

your check before cooking . Once in a way

having dishes like this is no sin,but considering

healthattacks it’s best to give prominence to

what you put on the table .

This recipe is boiled and stir fried with less oil.

An excellent side dish for any meal !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

500 gm cleaned and cut squid

2 onions sliced

2-3 tomatoes

1/4 of a coconut

A little tamarind soaked in water ( size of

gooseberry) or kokum or vinegar

1 tbsp chilli powder

3/4 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

2 tbsp coconut oil + a little butter or ghee

1 tsp rice flour ( to thicken )

1 tsp chilli powder (for cooking in pressure )

METHOD

•First cook the squid with 1 tsp chilli powder

and salt in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

•Allow the steam to release on it’s own.

•Heat oil in a kadai add curry leaves and

onions and sauté till light brown.

•Grind the tomato,tamarind and coconut

together,and add to the onions .

•Add in the rest of the spices and cook till oil

starts to separate .

•Add the cooked and strained squid ( reserve a

cup of the liquid ) and mix well.

•Next add the reserved stock with rice flour

and cook till thick mixing at intervals .

•Finally add a tsp of ghee or butter and remove

from fire .

Garnish with kasuri methi or curry leaves

•Serve!

POMFRET PEPPER STEW


This is a stew which can be served with any

meal .

This stew is made with grilled/ fried fish and

coconut milk .

Good to serve with rice , stringhoppers ,rotis,

hoppers , bread….

When preparing fish like this, grilling or frying

lightly and then adding to curries , brings out a

lovely flavour .I want to share a tip with you

to get the exotic flavour of curries . Once you

have fried or grilled seafood like this reserve a

tbsp of the fried oil,and pour over the finished

curry . This gives a good flavour and colour to

the curries .

So let’s move on to the stew recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish slices marinated in turmeric and

salt.

1 tsp ginger garlic paste ( coarse)

3-4 green chillies slit

3/4 – 1 tbsp pepper powder

2 tsp cummin powder

1/2 tsp fennel seed powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1-2 onions sliced

1 tomato

Kokum water / tamarind water/ 1/4 cup vinegar

Curry leaves , a small piece of lemon grass stall

Salt to taste

1 cup thick coconut milk

Coconut oil

METHOD

•Heat a little oil and grill the fish pieces , till

light brown ( you could grill till golden brown

too)and set aside.

•Take a little oil from the grilled pan ,and heat

in another pan ( 1-2 tbsp).

•Add onions with curry leaves and lemon grass

and sauté till translucent .

•Add ginger – garlic paste,tomato ,green chillies

with salt and cook for few minutes.

•Next add the spices,vinegar or kokum water.

•Once it reaches a boil add coconut milk,and

the grilled fish and simmer cook for 10

minutes .

•Remove from fire .

•Garnish with coriander leaves.