Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fry these ahead and crisp them in a hot oven just before serving. Look for spring roll wrappers in Asian markets.

Vegetable spring rolls



Vegetable Spring Rolls

Yield: Makes 10


  • ½oz (15g) dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in boiling water for 20 mins
  • 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 3 scallions, cut into matchsticks
  • 3oz (85g) green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¾in (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2oz (60g) bean sprouts
  • 20 spring roll wrappers
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ? cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 red or jalapeño chiles, chopped


  1. Drain and finely chop the mushrooms and mix together with the next five ingredients. In a small liquid measuring cup, mix the tamari, wine, and spice powder. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok, add the vegetable mix, mushrooms, and bean sprouts, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the tamari mix and simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and ?leave to cool.
  2. For the dipping sauce, place the ingredients in a medium pan with ¼ cup of water, boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and leave to cool.
  3. Dip a wrapper in a bowl of warm water for 10–15 seconds or until soft. Lay it on a damp kitchen towel and blot until slightly sticky. Place a heaped tablespoon of filling in the center. Fold the bottom of the wrapper up over the filling, fold in the sides, rolling up the wrapper tightly. Soak a second wrapper, wrap it around the first layer, and set aside. Repeat until the filling is used up. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large pan until it reaches 350°F (180°C). Do not leave the fryer or pan unattended, switch off when not using, and keep a fire blanket nearby in case of fire. Cook the spring rolls in the hot oil, two at a time, for 3–4 minutes or until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Keep warm while you fry the remainder. Serve the rolls hot with the chile dipping sauce.


Excerpted from The Gluten Free Cookbook – copyright 2015 Dorling Kindersley Inc.

Author: Heather Whinney

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