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Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These colorful rolls bring sweet memories for me, they remind me of my favorite asian restaurant when i used to live in Bahrain, These rolls were on my to cook list for so long. Usually they are called Vietnamese fresh rolls, but since it’s not the classic recipe, i didn’t dare call them so! This is my own version of fresh rolls using a symphony of ingredients that i found going heavenly together.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These effortless rolls are the freshest, nutrient packed, crunchy and sweet while looking fabulously colorful! Finally, having them ready on my plate, these happy rolls added some brightness to my day!

Usually they are served with a Vietnamese peanut sauce made of peanut butter and hoisin sauce which is thinned out with either milk or water, vinegar for a bit of tang, garlic and a touch of chilli. Personally, i prefer the Thai sweet sauce! It’s all up to your taste at the end.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

To prepare 15 rolls (one pack) you will need:

  • 1 pack of rice paper (about 15 papers)
  • 500g shrimps cooked and deveined (you can also broil in the oven)
  • 1 medium mango cut a la julienne
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 4-5 iceberg leaves
  • a bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • a bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium carrots finely julienned

Take 1 rice paper and place in a shallow plate filled with warm water. Allow rice paper to soften for about 10 seconds. Remove and lay flat on working table – be gentle so you don’t rip the delicate paper. If this is your first time to use this type of paper, you will rip some in the beginning until u get used to 🙂

Start layering all veggies and fruits in the center of rice paper, Start with the lettuce so it holds the other ingredients. On the top part of the rice paper, place 3 shrimps with a mint leaf in between, or avocado to have the final look as per the photo below. Your rice paper rolls should look pretty with the shrimps and mint leaves or avocado on the smooth side of the roll and the seam on the underside of the roll.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon




Fold the left and right edges of the rice paper in, then starting from the bottom, roll up to cover the lettuce bundle, keep rolling firmly to reach the shrimps.  The rice paper is sticky, it will seal itself.

Serve immediately with the dipping sauce. These rolls are to be eaten fresh and on the spot, with time the rice paper gets dry and chewy.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

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Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits|marmite et ponpon

As the weather is getting hot and hotter, all you need is a refreshing meal; I can say salads and summer goes really well.

Salad is a versatile option served as appetizer, side dish or even main dish. In the last case, the salad should be filling, featuring carbs or meat.

Usually salads are no fail recipes, they leave you the room to be as much creative you want to be in the choice of ingredients and mixing them together. Beside of having a quick meal, ready on your table within 20 mns, you will be enjoying a sustaining dish full of nutrients.

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits |marmite et ponpon

For the salad you need

  • 1 kg shrimps cooked
  • 1 cup orzo pasta cooked
  • 1 medium mango cut lengthwise
  • 1 small golden apple cut in medium cubes
  • 2 cups pineapple cut in medium cubes
  • a handful coriander leaves

For the dressing you need

  • 3tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

You can serve it cold from the fridge or at room temperature, but in both cases you are going to indulge in a symphony of flavors.

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits | marmite et ponpon

Shrimp and orzo salad with tropical fruits |marmite et ponpon

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Shrimps and exotic fruits salad in pineapple shell

shrimps and exotic fruits saladFruits are food of Gods! This salad is inspired from my trip to Sri Lanka. In a previous post i mentioned all the health benefits of the exotic fruits of Sinhala which really motivated me to create this tempting salad.

shrimps and exotic fruits salad

It has it all;  wholesome, delish and beautifully presented. Imagine this mix of mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado and shrimps!  When you smell its aroma as you take it to your mouth you wish to close your eyes to create a better mental image and involve all your senses.

shrimps and exotic fruits saladSo easy to do and doesn’t involve so much of preparation. To make this salad for two you need:

  • one medium pineapple
  • one medium mango
  • two small avocado
  • half of a papaya
  • 300g shrimps cooked

Divide the pineapple in two halves and empty one of them to use it as a boat for the salad.

shrimps and exotic fruits saladIn a bowl, cut all the fruits in medium cubes then add the shrimps. Mix all with lemon mayo dressing and pour it in the pineapple shell. Eh voila ready to serve!

shrimps and exotic fruits salad

shrimps and exotic fruits saladshrimps and exotic fruits salad

Exotic fruits of Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 4

tiger coconutThe beauty of travel lies in the new experiences and endless discoveries. It’s always exciting to be introduced to unfamiliar things, for instance the weird exotic fruits of Sri Lanka, that many of you never heard about (like me before visiting the island). Without forgetting the common fruits that we already know but trust me they taste different.

Sri Lanka people believe in the art of ancient healing through spices, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Your health depends on what you eat.

The nature has its own remedies!

pineapplePineapple: it has been used to treat digestion problems and inflammation. Sri Lanka pineapple is so delicious, i was having it on every meal! Pineapple is rich in manganese and vitamin B1 for energy production. It’s also rich in vitamins A, C, and E offering a protection against macular degeneration.

pineapple sri lankapineapple sri lanka

You only need to cut the crown and the stem, slice the skin off the sides and enjoy! You don’t have even to remove the center part, it’s soft and juicy. Did you know that minimal processing of fruit cutting, packaging and chilling does not significantly affect its nutritional content even after 6 and up to 9 days?!

Banana: Eating bananas combats depression, improves your mood, reduces PMS symptoms, protects against muscle cramps, cures hangovers, relieves morning sickness, protects against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness and provides relief from acid reflux and heartburn. Yes all of this!

You can eat a lot per day without counting because they are too small and can be eaten in two bites! Nady was enjoying them.

banana sri lankaDid you know that bananas can cure the itch of a mosquito bite?  Due to Sri Lanka nature there is a lot of mosquitoes. Rub the inside of a banana peel on  the bites and here it goes!

Guava:  helps those who want to loose weight and those who suffers from diabetes. It’s an extremely good source of vitamin A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. Rich in lycopene that makes it a powerful antioxidant, rich in copper which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism. It reduces the symptoms of diarrhea, relieves cough and cold and improves the texture of your skin.

guava sri lankaGuava is rich in vitamin B3 and B6, therfore eating guava can help you increase brain function and sharpen your focus. Did you know also that the juice of guava leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and the juice speeds up the healing process of wounds when applied externally?!

Wood apple: is very famous for its amazing health and medicinal benefits. Every part of this fruit means tree, root, leaves, seeds is usable for medicinal purposes because of its high level of nutritional values. It acts as an instant energy booster and energizes the body, it enhances the metabolism process. Wood apple is iron rich fruit which has ability to balance the hemoglobin count in women during pregnancy, and eating the pulp reduces morning sickness. It helps in enhancing the production of breast milk among lactating mother.

When we arrived to the hotel in Kandy they greeted us with wood apple juice! Not bad when mixed with sugar.

wood apple sri lankaDid you know that wood apple is a natural aphrodisiac property, that helps in enhancing the sexual desire among men as well as treating the conditions like impotence, sexual dysfunction and premature ejaculation?!

Watermelon: consists of mostly water, about 92% but it is full of nutrients. It is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup. Watermelon reduces the inflammation for people suffering from arthritis, helps prevent heart stroke. Rich in Vitamin A that helps keeping the skin and hair moisturized, and it also encourages healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells.

They are small watermelons, two people can eat a whole one. We were offered watermelon after each meal!

watwermelon sri lankaDid you know that athletes drinks watermelon juice before an intense workout because it helps reduce next-day muscle soreness and heart rate?!

king coconut:  known as thembili, considered the premier, or “king”, of coconuts, in terms of its water.  King coconut is filled with electrolytes, refreshing, rejuvenating, healthy and delicious. It is sweeter than regular coconuts. Sri Lankans sell and consume thousands of them on a daily basis. It’s exclusively for drinking you can’t eat the inside flesh. King coconut juice showed significant anti aging and anti carcinogenic effect.

You find a lot of king coconut vendors on the road, it’s very cheap and refreshing if you like the sweet taste.

king coconut sri lankaking coconut sri lankaDid you know that a whole unopened tiger coconut can live up to 6 months at room temperature?!

Mangosteen: The purple Mangosteen, acclaimed for its unique appearance and flavor is often revered as queen of the tropical fruits. Mangosteen aids in promoting red blood cells and prevents against anemia. Vitamin C in mangosteen is effective against cataracts.1000mg Vitamin C per day is said to be effective in curbing cataracts and improving vision. It also helps to control the level of triglycerides, contains high amounts of minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium providing protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases.

mangosteen sri lankaThe fruit has three major parts: the deep purple inedible rind, the white edible flesh which is segmented like oranges and the seeds, found within the flesh. The seed is extremely bitter and can’t be eaten. Did you know that one of the major health benefits of mangosteen is its effectiveness in treating Alzheimer’s disease?!

Papaya: is very helpful for the prevention of  heart disease, it’s an excellent source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, and vitamin K. It plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.

papaya sri lanka

papaya  sri lanka papaya  sri lankaDid you know that papayas due to their soft and butter like consistency are called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus?!

Passion fruit: Pleasantly sweet and tart, the delicious passion fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber. It is a very good source of dietary fibers acting as a laxative. Its richness in potassium helps regulating the heart rate and blood pressure.

passion fruit  sri lanka passion fruit sri lankaDid you know that passion fruits with wrinkle surface are actually more flavorful and rich in sugar?!

Star fruit or carambola: is a star shaped fruit with sweet and sour flavor I always felt it resembles lebanese janerik a bit 🙂 The fruit with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fibers that help preventing the absorption of the LDL cholesterol in the gut. It contains good quantities of vitamin C and it’s a good source of B complex vitamins. The fruit and its juice are often recommended in medicine as a diuretic.

star fruit or carambola sri lankaDid you know that carambola fruit is used to suppress cough and as an expectorant?!

Grapefruit: Grapefruits vary in hue from white or yellow to pink and red. They range in taste very acidic and even bitter or sweet and sugary. They are full of nutrients: they support clear and healthy skin due to the vitamin C.  They also help in weight loss as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.

grapefruit sri lankaDid you know that grapefruits were bred between pomelo and orange and they were given the name grapefruit because they grow in clusters similar to grape?!

Mango: originated 4,000 plus years ago, prevents cancer and lowers cholesterol due to the high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the daily needed value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes. There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangoes.

mango sri lankaDid you know that mango clears clogged pores and eliminate pimples?

There is a tremendous amount of fruits in Sri Lanka, available at cheap price and rich in benefits! It gives you a reason to eat more fruits!

fruits sri lankaSri lankan people are really sweet and welcoming, I would like to thank this amazing guy from the Earl’s regent hotel who was a big help to write this post.

homemade mango lassi popsicles – popsicoholic part 2

mango lassi popsicles

Popsicoholic part 2: mango lassi popsicles, for mango lovers.

Mango lassi is an indian drink like a milkshake, a blend of mango pulp, yogurt and sugar. It’s very delicious and refreshing. Usually served chilled on hot days, the perfect scenario to turn out this succulent drink into popsicles!

mango lassi popsicles

In a food processor, puree 1 1/2 cup mango with 2 tbsp yogurt and 1 tsp sugar.

In a seperate bowl whisk 1/2 cup of low fat yogurt with 1 tsp sugar.

Pour them in molds, alternating between the two mix. Let the mango puree layer thicker than yogurt. Make 3 to 4 layers. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, swirl mixtures together in an up-and-down motion.

mango lassi popsicles

Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid. Preferably overnight. To remove the popsicles from the molds, run under warm water until they are easily released. This quantity makes 5-6 popsicles depending on your mold size.

mango lassi popsicles

Nothing can beat the heat like a fresh fruit popsicle. So try making these, they are worth it! My son loves them!  yes they are suitable for kids and nutritious too.

mango lassi popsicles


One cup of mangoes (225 g) contains the following:

  • 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart desease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

(Percentages apply to daily value)


mango lassi popsicles