Saturday, October 1, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM 3 comments
Navarathri, special for all Devis starts today. For all Navarathri neivedhyams click here

Some of the health benefits of lettuce include lowering cholesterol levels, cancer control, protection of neurons, sleep induction, anxiety control, lowering inflammation, and providing a supply of antioxidants.
Lettuce is low in saturated fat and sodium and is also a good source of Riboflavin, many vitamins and calcium.
I have always had this in a restaurant called P.F.Changs, here in USA, and my daughter made this even better!!!
And.....what is the lettuce wrap filled with??? with tofu, which is gluten free, low calorie, contains no cholesterol, superb source of protein, iron and calcium. 
then...something interesting is also there...waterchestnuts...called Singhara in north india (colloquially known as singhada) , which are also low in calories and high in nutrients,  is an excellent coolant for the body, and is generally eaten during Vrat days(fasting). Singhada is used during Navarathri especially in the northern parts of India.

Lettuce Wraps by Malpats Kitchen
Romaine lettuce - 1, leaves separated (which will resemble cups)
Tofu - 2 packets, crumbled
Waterchestnuts - 1 cup
Spring onions - 1 bunch, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsps
Red chilli flakes - 1 1/2 tsps
salt to taste

To be mixed into a sauce
Soy sauce - 1/2 cup
Rice vinegar (or any vinegar) - 1/2 cup
Hoisin sauce - 1/2 cup

Recipe cuisine: International/ chinese; Category: Lunch/dinner
Prep time: 20 mts; Cooking time: 15 mts

Yields roughly 20 wraps

Wash, wipe and keep the lettuce leaves ready

the sauce, comprising of the 3 ingredients above mentioned, mixed and kept

the crumbled tofu first sauteed on high flames in a non stick pan, so that all the water in the tofu will go off

the crumbled tofu has to become slightly brown like this, after which add waterchestnuts, spring onions and ginger-garlic paste. Mushrooms are optional.

now add the chilli flakes

and now, the sauce which is mixed and kept ready

and mix well. The filling is ready now.

fill them inside the lettuce cups, and enjoy the Lettuce wraps, not missing the goodness of lettuce, waterchestnuts and tofu. Such a healthy, and nutrition enriched starter!!!

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* If you do not like tofu, or if you are allergic to tofu, try crumbled paneer.
* This makes a great appetizer, so healthy, when compared to the so many other deep fried snacks.
*Mushrooms give a great texture to these wraps and make a great addition. 


  1. Great recipe and video!!

  2. Wow!! What a wrap!!filled with the goodness of so many items! The chefs of Greensboro can give pf Chang to run for their money!fantastic!! But do we get all these sauces in India? The video well taken with music as soothing as the recipe expect more videos with chefs in action!!!

    1. Hi Vidya, thanks for your as-usual sweet comment. Yes, all sauces are available in India. Go ahead, make and let me know.


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