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Snack bite

If you thought Chinese food only meant noodles and rice, these recipes would prove you wrong...

WHILE SPRING rolls are the most popular Chinese snack, there are other interesting things you could try out as these recipes show.

Okra tempura

Ingredients

Cornflour: 100 gm
Refined flour: 25 gm
Egg: 1
Chopped coriander: 2 gm
Chopped ginger: 2 gm
Lady's finger: 10
Salt: to taste
Oil: for frying
Water: to make the batter

Method

Heat the oil and fry the lady's finger lightly. Mix the rest of the ingredients and make a batter. The consistency of the batter should be such that it coats the ladle slightly. Dip the lady's finger in the batter and fry till crisp.

Vegetable and mushroom spring roll

Ingredients

Shredded cabbage: 1
Carrot julienne: 2
Capsicum julienne: 1
Mushrooms: 6
Soya sauce: 10 ml
Salt: to taste
Pepper: to taste
Spring roll sheets: 4
Oil: 20 ml
Oil for frying

Method

Heat a little oil, then add the capsicum and saute for a while, then add the cabbage and the carrot to it and sauté more till they become soft. To this, add the soya sauce, salt and pepper and cook for some more time.

Then add the mushrooms and remove when mushrooms are soft.

Take the ready-made spring roll sheets and then roll the above mixture in it little by little. When all the rolls are made, then fry in hot oil, till golden brown and serve hot.

Vegetable parcel

Ingredients

Chopped carrots: 100 gm
Chopped beans: 100 gm
Chopped cabbage: 100 gm
Chopped capsicum: 1
Soya sauce: 10 ml
Pepper: to taste
Salt: to taste
Oil: 20 ml
Oil: for frying
Spring roll sheets: 4
Spring onion greens: 10

Method

Prepare the mixture, same as for vegetable spring roll. Put the spring onion (green leaves) in hot water for two minutes and then remove it. Cut it into thin strips, resembling threads.

Take the spring roll sheets and cut them into square shapes, then fill it with the vegetable mixture. Holding the four corners of the sheet bring them close together and then tie it with the spring onion greens. (This will now resemble a bundle)

Heat the oil and fry till crisp, serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Sesame toast

Ingredients

Sliced bread: 4
Vegetables: (same as for vegetable parcel)
Sesame seeds: 20 gm
Egg: 1
Cornflour: 10 gm
Salt: to taste
Pepper: to taste
Sugar: a pinch

Method

Use the same vegetables as for the above recipe, add egg and cornflour to it and do the seasonings. Spread this mixture on the bread slice, sprinkle sesame seeds and then fry in hot oil.

O.P. KHANTWAL

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