Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dieting with Mooshi

So you want to be like this,

But you are like this,

You make yourself feel a little better by saying, 'I am not fat, I am just healthy' and you thank your stars you don't look like this,

And then you get married. You are still 'looking healthy'. One day you catch a glimpse of your image with your husband in the bathroom mirror.

Argh!!!! You are F-A-T!!

You have 2 options: plump him up or starve yourself (I have tried the 1st option it does not work at all- he never gains weight!). So you go on diets/exercises/stop looking at food blogs/stop watching food network/try to work out calories, carbs, protein, metabolism.....In doing all that, you basically murder your taste buds. You crave for sweet-sugar-salt but the only thing that stares back at you is lettuce-plain and green *puke*

For all those dieting, this recipe is perfect. I have adapted heavily from Nupur (wish she would return soon) and Sia .

I know this is called a Vietnamese summer roll, but I just like the name Mooshi Roll- sounds all Japanese and fancy!

Mooshi Roll:
1. Rice wrappers- available in Whole foods
2. Thinly sliced carrots, cucumbers, lettuce (I do not use any specific quantities, use how much ever you want) 3 Tbsp roasted-peeled ground nuts-coarsely crushed.
3. Marinade- Mix 2 tbsp sugar, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp grated ginger, 1 clove grated garlic, 1tsp chilli sauce, 6 mint leaves finely chopped, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder.
4.Half a pack of extra firm tofu. (Drain the water well- I usually fill a cooker with water, place it on the tofu and leave it overnight).
5. Dipping sauce- 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp grated ginger, pinch of salt and sugar, 2tbsp water.

Chop the tofu into 1 inch cubes add the marinade and let it sit for 30mins. Heat a pan and pour the entire content (tofu and marinade) and let it simmer till the mixture become dry.
Like so,
Now mix the tofu with the veges and ground nuts. Soak the rice wrappers in warm water for 1-2 mins. Place it on a clean towel and add 3-4 tbsp of the filling and some of the dipping sauce. Roll the wrapper (Nupur has given lovely step by step instructions).

There... your taste buds are happy and you are feeling good that you ate all those veges, to celebrate go get yourself a scoop of chunky-monkey!!!

Thanks to her for making my rolls look prettier!!


  1. hehehe.. though TH and I are not as different as a stick and a central- perk-sized cup, I get what you mean :D

    PS: I love the tofu pic. Its unfair that you take such nice pics so early on when I had to struggle for a year to get where I am now. Unfair!!

  2. Great pic of the tofu SJ !! Here, we both are like the large squatty mugs...i should seriously stop blogging and looking at other blogs- at least 25% of the fat if after I started blogging !!

  3. @Nags
    That stick n cup is J and me!! I don't know how one can like my pics, I hate them, they never come out the way I want and I dread taking pics in the night :(
    hehehee...I won't have any Konkani dishes to ogle at if you stop blogging!

  4. LOL! Don't you just hate skinny hubbies? ;D

    I am plump, exactly like my mother and I am healthy, I don't care what others think!:p

    Mooshi roll looks yummy, great pics btw!

  5. I cracked up so much reading this that my sides hurt. LOL!!!
    those look incredibly delicious, though!

  6. lol - those are some funny pics :) I completely commiserate .
    and I have to say that tofu pic is so gorgeous!!!
    I just got some of the rice wrappers so will be trying this for sure.

  7. Hmmm.....but the gud thing is someone agree that yes indeed they are 'healthy' ;)....well..atleast we hav some similarities :)...pics are nice...why you hate them? And nice mooshi ?)

  8. did u just write my life story????
    i have tried really hard to make my hubby put on some weight but alas, it never worked. so i am left with only one option and that is exactly what u have written here!!! ;)

  9. Hi there masale vade,

    You look yummy -'n'-funny.
    I like to visit your blog everyday.


  10. @Ashakka
    yes, hate those skinny ones!!
    @burpandslurp, koshy,priti
    Thanks. Let me know if you liked it.
    Same pinch!
    err...u mean the blog is yummy?

  11. Hi Ranju

    You have really nice blog. I enjoyed reading your rambling and stories. Love the pictures.

    Mooshi rolls looks yummy.

  12. Nice post...with those stick and cup pics! Luved ur click of these moshiss!!

  13. @Shivapriya,
    whos ranju?

    Thank U.

  14. hey! thanks for the comment. When you do try that cilantro-cocont spread, let me know how you liked it!

  15. hey I came here from goodgle (searching from masala vada) and enjoyed reading your posts. You have a great sense of humor, good critic albeit endearing way.

    Posts oodi tumba khushi aaithu.It made my day!

  16. These look so good! That tofu looks amazing. Well done! I'd love to have these for dinner. :)

  17. What a fun post ... my husband isn't stick thin but he doesn't gain weight that easily whereas i just have to inhale the food and see the scale move up the next day! :) I'm the one who talks about healthy substitutions, exercising and stuff and yet when pple see us, they'll be like - "oh you've lost weight" to him!! Well, that's life.
    I've made these rolls too from Nupur's blog - delicious and oh so easy - i've posted them too.

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  19. I hv the same mug as the first one...
    nice post here...and the mooshi roll looks cool!

  20. I just tried this come out well. Thanks!


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