Chimichurri and feta spiked mung bean sprouts in a baked, jumbo spring roll

1 Jun

Chimichurri and feta spiked mung bean sprouts in a baked, jumbo spring roll

Chimichurri and feta spiked mung bean sprouts in a baked, jumbo spring roll

I expended most of this weekend searching for a replacement car after mine was written off a couple of weeks ago. A van rammed into the back of my car at some traffic lights (I had stopped already) crushing the entire boot. I had a few moments of breathless hysteria because my little one was in the back, but fortunately, we are ok. A bit of whiplash, but blessed to be ok.

So, instead of visits to the zoo or park this weekend, we have been from car sales cosmos to showroom underworlds. Can you tell that I don’t enjoy shopping for cars? But it is an interesting world.

As I stood eyeing up a Seat Leon, two broad and bald men chuckled to each other that it is the poor man’s Audi. I smiled silently as I was thrown back to sitting/being squished in the back of the car of someone boasting to my mother about their impending purchase of a brand new Mercedes. Back then car sharing to weddings was common practise and London felt like planets away from Leicester, where I grew up. Of course back then I had no idea that London would become my home. It is where I started my married life, working life and built treasured friendships.

Anyway, I remember clearly sensing the inferiority that this lady wanted my mother to feel. She went on to describe their family business and property and how I looked awkward and that my face didn’t fit well on my body, but even though I was probably just 12 I knew that actually, she was without the basics in life of love and respect. I looked at my attractive mother who was adorned in a new sari and jewellery that my dad had chosen for her. Then I looked at the other lady, who was lacking.

The car is something of, ‘what do you do for a living’ or ‘where do you live’, isn’t it? Except it doesn’t grow does it? I once worked with a chap who did very well professionally and lived in an area brimming with upmarket delicatessens, fancy florists, and tiny Thai restaurants and of course fabulous schools, but drove a moving skip, as he called it. I learned a lot from him on many levels.

That said I know how I feel when I put on a nice dress, good perfume, make-up and a few simple but lovely accessories. I am sure my stance changes, my attitude might change too.

Head in a thorough spin, I decided to call it the end to a hot and bothersome level of thinking and head to the garden for some running under the sprinkler with the boy after the swings and slide. I needed refreshing with some zesty, summery, zingy, nutty, salty, juicy food with crunch and crisp thrown in. See where we are going with this?

I love mung bean sprouts; they are silky and nutty, cook quickly and I love the feeling of their little tails. They work fabulously well with chimichurri dressing but I have a confession; I cheated and used some Thai basil with the parsley and guess what? It gives the most fantastic, lasting herbiness. It is actually all pretty gorgeous, a healthy vegetarian recipe and I served the mung bean sprout spring rolls (baked for added bonus) with Za’atar sweet potato fries, because you know, it’s all about balance.

Ingredients to make 6 large rolls

For the sauce

350g mung bean shoots

One red onion, finely diced

3 cloves of garlic

The juice of one lemon

A large bunch of parsley

Salt to taste

1 tsp. chilli flakes or more if you like it hot

1 tsp. oregano, dried or fresh

A small bunch of Thai basil, finely chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

Other ingredients

200g feta cheese, cut into small cubes

12 sheets of spring roll pastry, defrosted

Oil for coating the rolls

½ tsp. turmeric


  1. Blitz together all of the ingredients for the sauce and leave to a side
  2. Heat a pan and add a splash of oil and then add the turmeric and mung bean shoots. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and then add the chimichurri sauce
  3. Cook the mung bean shoots for approximately 4-5 minutes longer before turning off the heat and allowing the mixture to cool and then add the feta cheese
  4. Take two sheets of spring roll pastry and leave a 3-4 cm gap from the bottom and sides and place 3-4 dessert spoons in a line and tightly roll into a cylinder shape and leave it to the side
  5. Place the rolls in an oven after greasing them lightly and bake them at 200 degrees until they are lightly golden.






17 Responses to “Chimichurri and feta spiked mung bean sprouts in a baked, jumbo spring roll”

  1. Elaine @ foodbod June 2, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    What a thoroughly unpleasant woman she was!! Sadly, there are many like her 🙁
    The recipe looks good, I am yet to try chimichurri, might be time to give it a go xx

    • Deena Kakaya June 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      There are many like her but knowing our own mind and heart helps. I hope you enjoy the chimichurri xx

  2. Joanne June 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Boo to broken cars but yay to spring rolls!

  3. simplyvegetarian777 June 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    This is the creativity at its best Deena! I haven’t known you long and didn’t quite realize that you are a celebrity blogger :)). My bad! But you sure are celebrated for your creativity and insany good recipes and stories :).

    • Deena Kakaya June 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Celebrity? Heck no! But thank you lovely Sonal! I appreciate your generous words and wonderful encouragement xx

  4. Good Food Everyday June 3, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    I love the combination, great recipe ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya June 3, 2014 at 6:56 am #

      Thank you Lea, it’s an easy and fresh one x

  5. kellie@foodtoglow June 3, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    What a sad, insecure woman. She sounds like one of those people who only feel good about themselves if they put others down or brag about their belongings. And you were obviously even at young age someone with good judgement. I hope your Mum was okay and recognised this person as someone whose comments should mean nothing. As for the crunchy spicy spring rolls, bookmarking and pinning for making soon x

    • Deena Kakaya June 3, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      It’s funny how some people see life as it currently is as permanent. My mum actually felt sorry for her, lady in question wasn’t actually indulged as the wealth wasn’t really hers. In fact, she was a bit under dressed and not so well treated.

      I’m so glad that you like the rolls enough to try them, thanks Kellie! Xx

  6. coconutcraze June 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I guess such unpleasant people and their pungent remarks make us grow stronger. So consider it a blessing in bad disguise!
    I have always fried spring rolls and the oil oozing out has discouraged me from making it. Baking them is a good option!

    • Deena Kakaya June 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Sridevi, it is great to hear from you. Oh yes, I’m certainly feeling very blessed.

      Baking them works so well, in all honesty they don’t feel any less crisp than the fried version and there’s none of that oily oozing as you noted. I hope you’ll let me know if you try baking them xx

  7. Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook June 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    An absolutely wonderful recipe & so very glad that you and your little one are ok after your accident! To me, a car is just a way to get places I want to go and I don’t need a very fancy one for that. Practical and long lasting are what I’m looking for! Thanks for a nice dish that I certainly be glad to try soon!

  8. Claudia ~ Food with a View June 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    So good to hear that the two of you weren’t harmed in the accident. And so good to look at these spring rolls – feta and mung bean sprouts, how great a combination!

    • Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Thank you Claudia, that’s very kind of you. As for the recipe combination , I know…somehow it just works x

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