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Monday, February 6, 2012

Chicken Crepe Rolls - and a discourse on keeping healthy!

I am slowly and steadily inching towards my 100th post. Taking a peek at the archives, you might let out a teenie-weenie smirk - what's so great is reaching a 100th post in 2 years?!?!
 I know the figure is nothing great but the actual greatness lies in the spirit of discovery that magically ascended on me during this fulfilling journey.I knew by habit and genes how to cook and I used to write sometimes too.But I never knew that I could meet so many people all over the world and even make friends with them with whatever little I knew! I mean, if you go by those statistics, our grandmothers should have ruled the world!But then, they did not have blogs at that time.And even if they managed to scribble their notes in little leather diaries at the fag end of a tired day, how could they have ever shared it with people across the world!So I guess, they must be pretty contented, sitting somewhere high up and flashing toothless grins, seeing us  try so earnestly to carry our legacies and recipes, forward.
Which brings me back to the world that we are in right now. A world that is fast and furious, and a world that leaves us so little time to actually put a whole-mindedness to the things that we cook and bake, unless of course it is our bread and butter.And hence all that we now look out for is something that cooks fast!It is the demand of the day, so you just can't help joining the fray but what needs attention is whether we are having our daily dose of nutrients or not. I find myself worrying very frequently over whether I'm planning and providing the essential nutrients in my family's daily diet.Now, it is very tough to plan such things - specially when you have umpteen things jumping on your head everyday!So what I try and do is grab the freshest produce available and cook loads of that!And maintain a fine balance between greens and animal protein, with the scales tilting a bit on the greener side. Since animal protein is easy to cook and 'fast' too,our general tendency is to go for that leaving out the greener side too often.But believe me, you just cannot stay healthy without your greens!
 Sorry for the discourse guys - I know that was long!But just feel the importance of greens in our lives now and where else to put emphasis on that other than my dear blog!For today's post, I'm sharing my recipe for Chicken Crepe Rolls. I know you must be thinking - chicken after all this banter?!? To ease out all contradictions, this roll is filled up with juicy and succulent veggies along with bits of chicken and you can even make it vegan by putting off the chicken.Turned out to be a great snack the first time I laid this out on the table - so do give this a try sometime!Till next time, stay healthy and stay green!

Sending this recipe to 'Full Plate Thursday' at dear Miz Helen's cute cottage!!

Chicken Crepe Rolls
You will need:
For the crepes:
All purpose flour - 2 cups
1 large egg
Warm milk - 1/2 a cup
Warm water - 1 cup
Pinch of salt
Pinch of crushed black pepper

For the filling:
Cooked chicken strips - 1 cup (You may use boneless pieces of chicken as well)
Spring onions - 1 cup, chopped
Sweet green peas - 1/2 a cup
Onions - 1 whole, chopped
Garlic cloves - 2, finely minced
Bell peppers - Julienned
Cook sweet corn - 1/2 a cup
Shredded carrots - 1 cup
Tomato Ketchup - 2 tablespoons
Soy Sauce - 1 teaspoon
Pinch of salt,
Freshly crushed black pepper - 1/2 a teaspoon

Canola/vegetable oil - 1 and 1/2 tablespoons, for the filling and 2 tablespoons for frying the crepes. Alternately, you can also use butter to fry the crepes.

How I made it:
1. For the crepes, combine flour, eggs, milk, water, salt and black pepper and whisk nicely with a hand whisk or a fork. The batter should have a pouring consistency and if it becomes too thick, feel free to add more warm water till the crepes are thin and fine.

2. Prepare the batter and leave to rest for 10-15 mins. Prepare the filling in the meantime. Heat oil in a pan and add the minced garlic, onions, bell peppers and carrots and saute. When the onions are pinkish and carrots have softened up, add the spring onions, green peas and cooked sweet corn and give another quick mix.

3. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Add the soy sauce and turn the veggies over. when they are nicely cooked through, put off the flame and add the tomato ketchup. Give another quick mix so that the veggies are coated well in the ketchup.

4. To fry the crepes, take a non-stick skillet and add a teaspoon of oil/butter to the skillet and smear it all around till the skillet is well-coated. Take one spoon of the batter and pouring on the skillet, swirl the skillet with your other hand so that the batter is spread out evenly over the pan and forms a thin, round crepe.The first crepe may turn out to be a disaster, but do not be disheartened. The first one is generally the trial one and helps you decide the consistency.

5. Once the batter coats the pan, allow it to cook on one side. Lift with your spatula to see if one side is cooked. Now take a spoonful of the filling and arrange it in a straight line on the corner of the crepe towards your side of the pan. That done, roll over the crepe gently with your spatula so that the filling is encased by the crepe and forms a nice roll. 
6. Carry on doing the same for all your crepes. Remember to smear the skillet with oil/butter before you turn out each new crepe - that helps keep the skillet greasy and the crepe does not stick to the surface. enjoy this as a snack or even a meal - it can be quite heavy with all those veggies and chicken and eggs inside.But it will be a lot of fun too!

25 thoughtful musings left behind...:

Aarthi said...

Awesome Recipe..Bookmarked..

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faseela said...

Sudha, our achievement really gives satisfaction and great pleasure in us......More than the number of post, the incriment of friends is the greatest achievment through blog....Each and evreyone is so close to our heart and feel that we know them from years.....This blogging brings real peace in mind, it keeps out all our tensions apart. I love reading your each and every writings....great dear
Coming to the recipe....yummy crepes and the chicken bites will give it real taste....

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

Awesome recipes and nice presentaion..

Sravs said...

super delicious and inviting chicken crepe rolls !!

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Kalyani said...

rolls look tempting and yummy ......

Tina said...

Crepes are not always meant to be sweet, savory can be just as delicious-this post is a perfect example of that. I adore crepes, but I do need to work on my crepe making skills. You photo here is stunning!

maha said...

super tempting and tasty chicken crepe rolls !!looks yumm

Amalia said...

Chicken crepe rolls sound delicious and they look gorgeous too! I love the idea of making a savory crepe, which I've never done before but I definitely want to give it a try! I think it's super important to eat greens too. I love eating them raw, it's the best and you get the most nutrients out of them! And don't worry, I love your little spiel, I think it's great to be so concerned with eating healthy, better that than being unhealthy :) Beautiful post, I love this dish!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking combination

hemalata said...

Delicious n healthy chicken crepe rolls,looks so inviting.

Balvinder Ubi said...

Nice and healthy crepes with chicken filling.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Sudha, your crepe rolls looks so tempting and delicious. Lovely picture. Have a nice day.

Elpiniki said...

This must be so delicious! I love these pics!

Suchi said...

Hey Sudha, I loved this line of yours 'So I guess, they must be pretty contented, sitting somewhere high up and flashing toothless grins, seeing us try so earnestly to carry our legacies and recipes, forward.' I can almost visualise a gaggle of hapless and toothless ol' grandmas sitting on clouds, swinging their legs and laughing at us while the angels try to shoo them :-)))))))
Chicken crepes sound good....in Kolkata where I am from we have chicken rolls which are like our favourite snack...I know the two are not even remotely similar but somehow this post reminded me of those rolls!
Lovely text and photos...you are becoming one of my favourite reads....
Please just do not ban me for extra long and rambling comments...

Eri said...

I really love your writing! I'm very happy to read your posts, happy that I found your blog.
You are so right, the world and our habbits are changing rapidly..
Your chicken veggie crepes are wonderful! Have a wonderful day!

kitty said...

Mmmm, I love crepes & your recipe sounds & looks wonderful, Sudha!!

Blackswan said...

What a tasty crepe! Haven't tried eating it this way. It's so colourful, Sudha! Have a wonderful week, dear!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

wow, nearing 100 th post u say? thats so awesome.. waiting to see what special ul make :)

Purabi Naha said...

The recipe is just perfect and the gorgeous presentation makes it even more appealing. I am drooling!! Bookmarked for sure!
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Anzz said...

The recipe sounds delicious. Loved your style of writing. Makes a good read..!

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Sobha Shyam said...

very interesting and delicious crepes, looks yummy..nice clicks..

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Amina Khaleel said...

Chicken crepe rolls look amazing... colourful and delicious...
glad to hear that you will soon be reaching your 100th post soon... it is indeed a great milestone... i always look forward to reading your posts... Keep blogging... :)

Lizzy said...

Congrats on the approach of your 100th post and your journey to reach it! These chicken filled crepes look incredible...and something my family would love!

Asmita said...

Looks fantastic! Yummy.

Miz Helen said...

I just love Crepe's and your Chicken Crepe Rolls look so delicious! Hope you have a wonderful week and Special Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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