Beat the Heat Series ~ Rice Paper Rolls

A few years ago, one of my favourite blogger’s Nupur posted these lovely summer rolls and I was smitten. I hunted high and low inHyderabad for thai rice paper and found them finally. I zealously stock them and guard them. I love making these rolls not just because they look pretty, but are versatile. They are great with fresh vegetable crudités packed into them with sauces, cooked filling such as mushroom, spinach or peppers or even to use as potsticker skins. Either way you choose to use them, they will be a delight. They are also a great addition to a summer party menu. They make for a kid friendly snack what with all the alluring colours. Check out nupur’s post for detailed step by step instructions on how to roll them. you can add as many or as less fillings as you like…add taste and texture layers for variety.

Summer Rolls (makes 12)

Rice paper rolls (12)

Cucumber – ½ a medium one, peeled and sliced into slim sticks

Purple cabbage / lettuce – sliced fine

Red and yellow capsicum/ pepper – ¼ of each, sliced into sticks

Basil leaves or any other fresh herb like cilantro, mint, etc– ¼ cup

Carrot – ½ a medium one, peeled and sliced into slim sticks

For the dipping sauce

Peanut butter – 1 tablespoon

Hot chilli sauce – 1 tablespoon

Honey or sugar – ½ teaspoon

Hot water – 1 tablespoon

Whisk all of the above together to get a light dipping sauce. Serve with the rolls


In a deep plate, add 1 cup warm water. The rice paper rolls will be soaked in this, so ensure it is wide and deep enough.

  1. Chop all the vegetables into matchstick shape and keep ready.
  2. Dip the rice paper roll into the warm water and leave it for 10-15 seconds. With a light hand, lift up and lay it flat on a clean tea towel.
  3. Add the vegetables in a layer in the middle of the rice paper. Add the greens and fold over a part of the bottom to cover the vegetables. Take the right and left parts of the roll and fold over to look like an envelope or a pouch. Roll the rest of the rice paper to look like a spring roll and the vegetables are sealed in.
  4. Continue till all the rice papers are used up. Serve cold with a dipping sauce

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Roopa Albert says:

    Hi @theharriedcook

    Where do you get rice sheets in chennai?

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi Arundati,

    I am very sorry for using your post on where moulds are available. I had actually given the link to your blog in my post. However, I have now removed the entire post. Sorry to offend you again!

    Best wishes,

    1. arundati says:

      thanks for the response Michelle. While i appreciate you linking to my post, it is not in lieu of replicating the post in its entirety. appreciate that you have removed it. Thanks and BR

  3. Hi Arundati! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment 🙂 I didn’t even know about the IE mention until I saw your comment 🙂 Thanks for that too! Haha 🙂

    Love what you have going on here in your blog… especially this post! These colorful rolls are totally my kind of meal, and I make something quite similar to these often (at least ever since I found rice paper sheets in Chennai! 🙂 )… Thanks again for stopping by & I look forward to getting to know you & your food some more! Cheers 🙂

    1. Sumitha says:

      hi where in chennai did you find the rice paper sheets and how much do they cost? kindly reply ASAP. thanks

      1. arundati says:

        check any large departmental store/ super market. i wouldnt know exactly, because i am not based out of chennai

  4. Your recipes are delightful, the chocolates are particularly wonderful. 🙂 Are you still conducting the classes?

  5. anon says:

    where did you find rice paper in hyderabad??

    1. arundati says:

      i got it at q mart in banjara hills

  6. Nupur says:

    Wow- your rolls are so colorful. Have you tried ripe mango in your summer rolls??

    1. arundati says:

      ripe mango should elevate anything… will try it when mangoes start appearing in the markets here

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