This recipe from a fellow food blogger landed in my in-box awhile ago. Now for those of you who said WOOT! Salsa! and started salivating, we must make something clear. Homemade Salsa is not this:
And Not This:
And Not Even This!
Homemade Salsa for our purposes is more like this:
And usually produced from this:
But, alas, our lot is to stay in a hot kitchen and dance with the mop to the music while the fires upon the stove feed the images in our mind.
So now we have all possible misunderstandings out of the way, and our dreams of dancing have been crushed, let us take a look a the recipe that Mansi Desai, over at the Blog, Fun and Food sent in. He writes:
Just stumbled onto your site accidentally, adn need to say I'm not disappointed!!:) Since I am so passionate about food, I'm gonna take this chance to contribute my recipe on your blog too!!
Much like the dance, be aware that salsa sauce is HOT, Spicy and Addictive!
- 6 cabbage leaves
- 3 medium-sized potatoes - boiled and mashed
- 1 carrot - shredded
- Half an onion - shredded or finely chopped
- Peas - half a cup
- Peanut powder -2-3 Tablespoon(s)
- 2 Teaspoon(s) turmeric
- 2 Teaspoon(s) red chilli powder
- 1 Teaspoon(s) mustard seeds
- 1 Teaspoon(s) salt
- Lemon juice to taste
- Pinch of sugar
- 2 Tablespoon(s) Oil
- Toothpicks to hold the rolls
- 3 Serrano chillies (See the following recipes, Picadillo - Ground Beef & Sauce Recipe & Pepper Sherry for a description of Serrano Peppers)
- Half onion
- 3 tomatoes
- Half capsicum - chopped finely
Utensils You Need:
- 2 Frying Pans
- Food Grinder
- Separate some green and fresh leaves of the cabbage, wash them thoroughly with water and set aside in the refrigerator.
- Now heat oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds, onions and green chillies and saute until onions are cooked and light brown.
- 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.
- Take a pan, add 2 Teaspoons of oil and add the chopped onion, capsicum and the serrano chillies.
- Saute all until cooked well.
- 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.
We are going to leave this at a three, due to the inclusion of a grinder, and the need for two frying pans. This is a hot, great veggie dish, and certainly can be used as an appetizer or snack. Once again I want to thank Mansi Desai, over at the Blog, Fun and Food for sending this one in.