Hot and spicy tofu, alfalfa sprout and asparagus rice paper rolls

14 Apr

Hot and spicy tofu, alfalfa sprout and asparagus rice paper rolls

Hot and spicy tofu, alfalfa sprout and asparagus rice paper rolls


Remember I told you that I was going to eat lighter, mood invigorating, colourful, vibrant, fresh food that won’t make me feel heavy, bloated, sleepy or overly hormonally imbalanced? Yes…

Apart from gross indulgence on peanut M&M’s it is going pretty well. My husband ran the marathon yesterday and he did it in one piece, looking a few shades darker, a bit puffed out but certainly not looking depleted, weak or drained. Impressive eh? I had a marathon of my own. Marathon hero took my (automatic) car to London in the morning to make life a bit easier on the homeward journey, but it had the buggy in it. So, I made the journey from Hertfordshire to the Mall with my immensely active, hugely curious, jumping, running, bouncing 26month old. Yes..

Physical exertion is rewarding, but comes with some pain, sometimes. I also did a class of body attack at the weekend and after all this, I think I need to eat light; refreshing foods that DON’T need a lot of work to burn off.

Summer rolls, Vietnamese spring rolls or rice paper rolls. Whatever you call them, they are one of the most versatile, quick-fix meal ingredients out there and they don’t need to be fried or baked. All you do is dunk the rice paper wrapper into warm water for under a minute and wrap up some delectable and seasonal ingredients and then, munch.

You know I like it hot though right? So whatever I include has to be masala-fied. The tofu in itself is a joy, crisp, a bit sweet, a bit hot, a teeny bit sticky, got a good whack of garlic and is utterly relish-worthy. I have used siracha sauce which is a kitchen must, isn’t it? And you know I talk about how I lost my hair in handfuls, so I eat a fair few sprouted beans so today I am using alfalfa sprouts. Try them, they are a bit addictive but its ok, better than over-doing It on peanut M&M’s.

Hot and spicy tofu, alfalfa sprout and asparagus rice paper rolls

Ingredients to make roughly 15 rolls

15 rice paper rolls

400g of firm Cauldron tofu, cut into small cubes

125g fine asparagus tips

125g alfalfa sprouts

One medium onion, finely diced

Siracha sauce to taste (I used 1 tbsp.)

1 tbsp. sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic

¼ can of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp. soy sauce

100g thinly sliced cucumber

Cook’s note: wrap the tofu in kitchen paper to drain off any excess moisture. When you stir fry it, it will crisp up better


  1. Make the hot and spicy tofu by heating the sesame oil and adding the diced onion and allowing it to brown before adding the garlic, then sauté for another 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the tofu and allow is brown lightly, then add the tomatoes, soy sauce and siracha sauce. Simmer the tofu until much of the moisture has reduced, for roughly 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Submerge the rice paper roll into water for 30 seconds and then place it on a chopping board. About 3-4 cm from the bottom, place a line of stuffing; roughly 2-3 asparagus tips, a pinch of alfalfa sprouts, a pinch of cucumber strips and 3-4 cubes of tofu.
  4. Fold the sides inwards and hold them to a spring rolls shape, firmly and tightly. Leave it dry on a large dish.
  5. Serve with dipping sauces such as chilli sauce, coriander chutney or peanut chutney.


24 Responses to “Hot and spicy tofu, alfalfa sprout and asparagus rice paper rolls”

  1. Sophie33 April 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Delightful filled rolls. They look outstanding & very delicious too.

    • Deena Kakaya April 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

      Thank you so much, I think that the tofu is the star of this show. X

  2. Nazima April 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    I love ricepaper rolls and the fillings here are wonderful. perfectly healthy. Delicious.

    • Deena Kakaya April 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      Thanks Nazima, they felt so fresh and tasty x

  3. Elaine @ foodbod April 15, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    Well done hubby, fab achievement ☺️☺️ And well done you!

  4. Katie @ Whole Nourishment April 15, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Wow, a marathon, impressive! I love summer rolls, and this is a nice welcome-to-Spring recipe too.

    • Deena Kakaya April 15, 2014 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks Katie, yes I’m going for the fresh feel right now x

  5. Anita Menon April 15, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Congrats to your husband for finishing the Marathon. Well done you for doing the trip with your little one. The rolls look entincing

    • Deena Kakaya April 16, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks Anita! I won’t be making that trip again in a hurry 😉 x

  6. Joanne April 16, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Congrats to your husband!! Quite impressive. And so are these spring rolls! They sound super tasty.

  7. Johanna GGG April 20, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    sounds like a delicious way to eat spring rolls – I love that you have cooked the tofu as I think I have only seen it raw and marinated in rice paper rolls today

    • Deena Kakaya April 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi Johanna, it’s lovely to hear from you. I usually use salad type ingredients , but I like heat and punch in my food. This recipe packs it all in 😉 x

  8. Chris April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Deena, great recipe, and to make things even better you also get all the nutritional benefits or the sprouts too. Great way to cut back on red meat as a source of protein.

    • Deena Kakaya April 23, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Thank you Chris, it’s a tidy and tasty way to pack in nutrition 🙂

  9. themuffinmyth April 24, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Masalafied! I love that word. These look great. Light, springy, and satisfying. Yum!

    • Deena Kakaya April 24, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Katie! Ha ha, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Leicester, the lingo had to come out at some point 😉 x

  10. Caroline Taylor April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    These sound so good and I love the look of them too.

  11. Tina @ The Spicy Pear May 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    I do enjoy rice paper rolls and love all the delicious flavours in your one. I am yet to try alfalfa sprouts or siracha taste. Where can i buy the latter?

    • Deena Kakaya May 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Tina, thank you for the kind words. I bought sriracha from Wing yip oriental store in cricklewood. In an Oriental store I always find larger bottles for a good price. Xx

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