Spring rolls are one of the most popular rolls of Asian cuisine in the world. In this article we will see the origin of Harumaki, its meaning, curiosities and a recipe for you to make your own spring rolls.
Despite being a typical preparation of Chinese cuisine, this dish is well known and consumed in Japan. So much so that in Brazil he is more commonly called Harumaki, his name in Japanese.
The spring rolls usually have a crunchy or pancake-like dough, are fried and served together with various sauces. But why are they called spring rolls or Harumaki?
Origin of Harumaki
Harumaki [春巻き] is literally called spring roll, because it was originally consumed at spring festivals and New Year’s festivals. Its name literally means spring (haru) coiled (maki).
Its Chinese origin spread easily across Asia all over the world, becoming one of the most popular snacks. Each region usually has a different roll, there are endless variations to discuss in this article.
The differential of this dish is that you can change the filling to your taste and your need. It can include everything from meats, shrimp to carrots, bamboo shoots, cabbages and onions. There is also the possibility of making it with the sweet filling.
Let’s see the recipe for the traditional Harumaki or vegetable spring roll.
Dough for approximately 20 servings:
- 1/2 kg wheat flour
- 1 shallow tablespoon of salt
- 500 ml of water
- Start by mixing the flour and salt, adding water little by little.
- Mix until the dough is smooth and wet.
- In a preheated skillet place the dough as if it were a pancake.
- Let the dough get thin and then turn it over.
- 1 grated carrot
- 1/2 broccoli
- 1 cabbage cut into strips and pre-cooked
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 grated onion
- Pepper and Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup of water with 1 shallow spoon of cornstarch
- 1 tablet of vegetable broth
Preparation of the filling:
- Brown onion and garlic well in 3 tablespoons of oil
- Add the carrot and sauté for a while
- Add the cabbage and the broth tablet and then the broccoli
- Add the water with the starch and stir everything
- Put the salt and pepper to taste
- Place the dough on a smooth surface and place the filling right in the middle
- Fold the top and bottom edges
- When well closed, fry, leaving the ends down.
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