Around the World #3: Sri Lankan Style Spicy Spring Rolls

Spicy Spring Rolls Sri Lankan StyleGrowing up in Mumbai we ate spring rolls quite often and mostly at ‘Indochinese joints’ spread across the city suburbs.  These were mostly vegetable spring rolls which had a tasty filling of shredded veggies like cabbage,spring onions etc mixed with noodles and had a liberal seasoning of pepper and soy sauce.  In the US the Chinese spring rolls we get (especially from takeout joints)happen to be quite bland  and except for the crusty coating, the spring rolls don’t really deliver it for me.

So you can imagine my excitement when I came across this recipe of Spicy Spring rolls in the SriLankan Recipes cookbook of Rice and Curry.  The Sri Lankans seem to take the spring rolls a step further in that they are further dipped in flour batter and coated with bread crumbs before frying (like you would make cutlets or patties). Plus the filling options were all equally mouth watering – spicy shrimp, fish or beef.! Move aside, ordinary spring rolls. It’s time for a make-over – and here’s the recipe to turn ordinary spring rolls into spring rolls extraordinaire 🙂

I decided to go with a chicken filling since I had some leftover cooked chicken pieces from the previous night when I had made chicken soup.  But you can easily substitute this recipe with some veggies – potatoes are already in the chicken filling. I am bringing these fancy, ‘all dressed up’ spring rolls to the weekly Fiesta Friday party at Angie’s where Elaine from Foodbod and Julie from HostessatHeart are co-hosts this week 🙂


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  1. I LOVE these! The rolls look just insanely good, and now I think you’ve passed on the secret to getting that perfect crunchy, roll with just a bit of chewiness~I cannot wait to make these!! 🙂

  2. Oooo I love these spring rolls, and those wrappers look just wonderful too. They look nice and crisp, just the way I’d like them. The filling looks extra yummy!

    • Hey Patty! yes and its not that difficult either! Of course I will resort to ready made wrappers if I have to make a large batch! But for a small batch you can definitely try this method! Btw Patty haven’t seen you in a while. Hope you are doing well!

  3. I can literally feel your excitement in your words!!! Wow! The coating looks amazing. I think you’d better get frying, I’m sure these will be popular at FF – thank you for sharing them with us xx

  4. I like this recipe a lot Indu. Spring rolls are a favorite but I have never coated them with flour and then breadcrumbs and fried them. I bet you could bake them as well. No matter I bet they are really delicious 🙂

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