Cabbage Rolls and Salsa

Hi guys and gals! Today is Sunday, and I'm sure many of us would go and enjoy this perfect day on a beach or a park picnicing with friends and family. So here's something that will help you remember me when you are having fun in the sun! I have to give credit to my friend for inspiring me to try out this recipe. Lettuce rolls are a part of asian food (photo courtesy of dkimages), and when we went to P.F.Chang's, and couldn't find a lot of vegetarian food options, I tried to make my variation of these rolls which are not only healthy and filling, but look great on a platter too!! So whether its picnic or you have invited guests for snacks, this one will surely be a hit!

Cabbage Rolls and Homemade Salsa


6 cabbage leaves
3 medium-sized potatoes - boiled and mashed
1 carrot - shredded
Half an onion - shredded or finely chopped
Peas - haf a cupPeanut powder -2-3 tbspSpices-turmeric and red chilli powder- 2 tsp, mustard seeds-1tsp salt, lemon juice to taste, a pinch of sugar
Oil - 2 tbsp
Toothpicks to hold the rolls
For the Salsa - 3 serrano chillies, half onion, 3 tomatoes, half capsicum - chopped finely

Separate some green and fresh leaves of the cabbage, wash them thoroughly with water and set aside in the referigerator. Now heat oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds, onions and green chillies and saute for some time. When onions are cooked, add the shredded carrot and let it cook entirely. Once done, add the mashed potatoes and peas and also add the spices. Mix well and add 2 tsp of water if needed. Cook covered for 5-7 mins.

For the salsa, take a pan, add 2 tsp oil and add the chopped onion, capsicum and the serrano chillies. Saute all till cooked well. Then add the chopped tomato. Add some salt, lemon juice (if needed) and red chilli powder and mix everything together. Remove from flame and let the mixture cool a little. Finally pulse everything together in a mini-grinder or food processor for 2 mins. DO NOT add water.

Take out the cabbage leaves. Take some potato mixture and shape into rolls. Place this in the centre of each cabbage leaf, sprinkle peanut powder on the top and roll the leaf over to cover the mixture. Fix with a toothpick so the roll doesn't open up. There!! Delicious and absolutely healthy Cabbage Rolls are ready!

You can pack them in a picnic-box and relish with salsa. For serving in house, spread the rolls on a white or black plate and drizzle the salsa over or on the sides. For a buffet setting, place the rolls in the centre and leave the salsa too to let the guests enjoy it the way they like!!

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orneryswife said...

New to your site! Great recipe; just a question; what is peanut powder?

Mansi said...

Hi there,

Thanks for visiting my site and glad u liked it...Peanut powder is nothing but raw peanuts ground in a mixer. BUt if you are allergic to peanuts, you can easily omit them from the recipe!


Anonymous said...

This is incredible...really helathy and tastes great too...i made it last week!!

thanks for posting this...your blog is great for novices like me!!


shaikh said...

just one question. dont u thinck, rolls need to be steam or fried?

Mansi said...

hi shaikh, no, Lettuce rolls, which are typically an Asian delight, do not need to be fried or baked. they are not like Spring Rolls, which are fried.

Cabbage or Lettuce rolls are always enjoyed fresh and crisp; the filling inside can be cooked, but not the actual outer wrap.

hope this helps! its a great reicpe and u should try it:)