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Summer rolls – light enjoyment for warm days

Summer rolls are the perfect snack for hot days. This dish is widespread in south-east Asia and is frequently offered as street food. Summer rolls have fewer alories and are easier to digest than spring rolls because they are wrapped in rice paper instead of sheets of dough, and are not fried.

Filling: Anything is possible

A summer roll can be filled with anything that tastes good.Fresh vegetables such as paprika, cucumber, tomato, carrots, kimchi and pak choi are ideal, but so are avocado, mushrooms, spinach, cos lettuce, sprouts and spring onions. Fresh herbs such as mint, coriander, Thai basil, parsley and chives provide seasoning. If you like it sweet, you can use fruit such as mangoes, kiwis, berries and oranges. Ingredients such as rice noodles, poultry, salmon, prawns and tofu are cooked before wrapping. Omelettes cut into strips, chopped peanuts and sesame taste great in summer rolls, which are usually eaten cold.

Perfect for an evening with friends

Summer rolls are particularly suitable for a cooking evening with friends, where everyone can put together their own roll according to their own taste. In this case, all of the ingredients are prepared and placed on the table in bowls. There is also a large plate with lukewarm water for the rice paper. Now you only need two or three home-made sauces as dips, and the fun can begin.

How to wrap your roll

Wrapping is not difficult, you only need a couple of rolls for practice. First, the rice paper is dipped in lukewarm water for a few seconds to make it soft and sticky. Place all of the ingredients in the centre of the rice paper. Now fold in the side edges over the filling a little, place the lower edge over it and roll it up carefully, but firmly, upwards along the long side. Rice paper is quite thin. If the rolls keep tearing, place two sheets one on top of the other for more stability.

Perfect enjoyment with dips

The classic sauce for dipping is a peanut sauce.For example, a mixture of peanut cream, a dash of soy sauce and spices according to taste (pepper, chilli) is suitable for this. However, the rolls also go well with a hot soya dip made from soy sauce, chopped garlic cloves and a chilli pepper, a little sugar and lemon or lime juice. And if you prepare the summer rolls in the evening, you can enjoy them the next day as a snack in the lunch break.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.bzfe.de