Sweet Spring rolls

I was recently craving for Baklawa, the world renowned dessert from Iran. Unfortunately, here in India we get baklawas only during Eid, so I thought why not try making it myself. But as you all know, magic happens in my kitchen when I add my little twist to any recipe. The magic combined Baklawas and Spring Rolls and that produced – Sweet Spring Rolls.

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Here is how it is prepared.

Ingredients –

10 pastry sheets or samosa patti
½ cup dry roasted and chopped dry fruits (walnuts, cashew nuts, pistachios, resins and dates)
50 gm butter
½ cup honey
1 inch stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
Oil for frying
Vanilla ice cream as required

Method –

Make a thick paste of flour with water and keep aside. Take the pastry sheets (samosa patti) one at a time and fill it with chopped nuts on one side. Apply the flour and water paste on the edges and on sides and roll the sheet sealing the sides. You can also fold the sheets and give it a triangular shape or any other shapes you like. Only make sure the edges are sealed from all the sides.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan and fry the rolls on medium heat till they turn golden brown. Drain from oil and put it on kitchen towel or tissue paper so that it soaks excess oil.

In another pan melt butter on a low heat and add the cinnamon stick. Once the butter melts add honey to it. Make sure the butter does not burn. Stir for half a minute and then drop the fried rolls in the butter and honey syrup. Glaze the rolls completely with the syrup.

Serve this hot crunchy rolls drenched in a silky syrup with cold vanilla ice cream or any other ice cream of your choice.

NOTE: If you do not get pastry sheets or samosa patti, then you can simply make a stiff dough of plain flour (maida), little oil and water. Rest the dough for 15 minutes and then roll out thin strips.

I recently prepared the sweet spring rolls for my Iranian neighbour on her birthday and she got very emotional. She and her family enjoyed the dessert a lot. Try surprising your friends and loved ones with this recipe, am sure they are going to love it. Do write to me your experience, till then happy cooking 🙂

Broccoli Patties with Orange-Cinnamon Sauce

Have you ever combined 5-6 widely different ingredients (that you wouldn’t have even thought of combining together in your dreams) to dish out one lip smacking recipe? It is so much fun I tell you. Recently my mind was at its experimental best (that’s what my family thought) and I combined broccoli, orange, cinnamon, garlic and few other ingredients to prepare a delicious evening snack.


Here is how I cooked it.

Ingredients –

For Patties
1 ½ cup broccoli blanched and finely chopped
1 tablespoon basil (fresh or dries whatever is available)
5-6 cloves of garlic fried and crushed
2 large potatoes boiled and grated
½ cup processed cheese grated
2 green chillies finely chopped
½ teaspoon black pepper powder
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
7-8 rusk biscuits crushed as powder or 1 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon skin of orange finely chopped and fried
2-3 tablespoon refined flour (Maida)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

For Sauce
Juice and pulp of 3 oranges
200 ml packed orange juice
2 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
A pinch of salt
A pinch of red chilli powder

Method –
Mix both orange juice (fresh and packed) & orange pulp and start reducing in a pan on medium heat. Add sugar and keep boiling till you get a thick consistency. At this stage add cinnamon powder, salt and red chilli powder and boil for another 30 seconds. Switch off the flame, keep aside and let it cool.

In another bowl add broccoli, potatoes, cheese, basil, green chillies, garlic, black pepper powder, red chilli powder, fried skin of orange, 2 tablespoons crushed rusk biscuit or bread crumb and salt. Mix everything together and make 6-7 small patties. In a small bowl mix refined flour (maida), ½ teaspoon salt and water as required and make a dip. Make sure that the dip is neither too runny nor too thick. Now coat the patties in this dip and then roll it on crushed rusk biscuit or bread crumb. Repeat the process once again and keep the patties in fridge for 10-15 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and fry the patties on medium heat till they are golden brown. Serve hot with orange-cinnamon sauce.

If you too have experimented with ingredients and prepared such interesting recipe then do share it with me. Will see you soon with another lip smacking recipes till then, happy cooking.