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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cabbage Rolls and Homemade Salsa

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:

Of course I would have preferred free lessons to be able to do 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!!
Cabbage Rolls and Homemade Salsa

Much like the dance, be aware that salsa sauce is HOT, Spicy and Addictive!

  1. 6 cabbage leaves
  2. 3 medium-sized potatoes - boiled and mashed
  3. 1 carrot - shredded
  4. Half an onion - shredded or finely chopped
  5. Peas - half a cup
  6. Peanut powder -2-3 Tablespoon(s)
  7. 2 Teaspoon(s) turmeric
  8. 2 Teaspoon(s) red chilli powder
  9. 1 Teaspoon(s) mustard seeds
  10. 1 Teaspoon(s) salt
  11. Lemon juice to taste
  12. Pinch of sugar
  13. 2 Tablespoon(s) Oil
  14. Toothpicks to hold the rolls
Ingredients For Salsa:
  1. 3 Serrano chillies (See the following recipes, Picadillo - Ground Beef & Sauce Recipe & Pepper Sherry for a description of Serrano Peppers)
  2. Half onion
  3. 3 tomatoes
  4. Half capsicum - chopped finely

Utensils You Need:
  1. 2 Frying Pans
  2. Food Grinder
  1. Separate some green and fresh leaves of the cabbage, wash them thoroughly with water and set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Now heat oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds, onions and green chillies and saute until onions are cooked and light brown.
  3. When onions are cooked, add the shredded carrot and let it cook entirely.
  4. Once done, add the mashed potatoes and peas and also add the spices.
  5. Mix well and add 2 tsp of water if needed. Cook covered for 5-7 mins.
Directions for Salsa:
  1. Take a pan, add 2 Teaspoons of oil and add the chopped onion, capsicum and the serrano chillies.
  2. Saute all until cooked well.
  3. Add the chopped tomato.
  4. Add some salt, lemon juice (if needed) and red chilli powder and mix everything together.
  5. Remove from flame and let the mixture cool a little.
  6. Finally pulse everything together in a mini-grinder or food processor for 2 mins. DO NOT add water.
  1. Take out the cabbage leaves.
  2. Take some potato mixture and shape into rolls.
  3. Place this in the centre of each cabbage leaf, sprinkle peanut powder on the top and roll the leaf over to cover the mixture.
  4. 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 center and leave the salsa too to let the guests enjoy it the way they like!!

So now, after the recipe I ask you, dear reader. Would you rather be doing this?

La Salsa Speciale del Chef

Or this?

Salsa Dancers

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.

2 Fire Comments - Click To Post A Comment:

Mansi said...

Hey teddy!! you made my recipe so much more better!!! God that salsa thing was amazing!! hats off to you my friend:)

And thanks for giving me a 3!! Next time I won't settle for anything but a 5!!


Your Corona Story said...

hey...we do our best! :)

But the rating is not for good or bad .. the star rating is for difficulty! Three stars means medium difficulty.

I do not rate for good or bad! That is up to the cook and the people who eat the recipe. ;)