Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Pan Fried Spicy Tofu

After eating sweet goodies in Christmas, craving for something spicy? then here you go, easy spicy tofu dish which can be done in no time and it can be a side dish to your Korean, Chineses or Japanese food. No fancy ingredients, simple ingredients and tons of flavor. So let's start.

Ingredients : 

1-  8 oz FIRM tofu - not any other tofu works
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp soya sauce or Tamari sauce for Vegan
1 tsp. chili flakes
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 Tsp roasted sesame seeds
1 Red shallot finely chopped

Method : 

Place tofu on two layers of paper towels and leave it for 5 minutes. So the extra water gets out.

then cut the tofu in 4 pieces.

Heat non stick flat pan over medium heat.

Add 1 tbsp of oil and put the tofu in it. Let it sear for five minutes until the bottom has a nice golden crust.

flip on the other side and add another tbsp of oil and cook untouched for 5 minutes.

If your flame is too high and adjusts accordingly.

To make the sauce, Mix soy sauce, chili flakes, shallot, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds in a mixing bowl.

Place tofu slices in serving the dish and drizzle the sauce over.

Serve warm with rice, or noodles or as it is.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Peanut Butter Blossom

This is the easiest way to make cookies and if you don't have any peanut/nut allergy issues, its the best cookies and the easiest cookies you ever made. Just have the dough ready, bake it and take it, put the kisses on top while it's still warm and cool it and enjoy it. Its perfect for the gift or just to have it with tea or coffee or for kids with hot chocolate.

Ingredients : 

12 Hershey's Milk chocolate Kisses
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup each regular sugar and brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup AP Flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt


Heat oven to 375 F.

Remove kisses from wrappers, keep it aside.

Beat peanut butter and butter in a bowl until its blended. Add both the sugar, beat until fluffy.

Add egg, milk, and vanilla beat well.

Stir flour, baking soda and salt, and gradually add peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Take it out and press a chocolate into center of each cookie.

Transfer it on the cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

This will make 48 cookies.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Raw Egg less Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

I know its season of baking but sometimes you need easy and no-bake dessert. You can make these raw cookie dough balls and pack it nicely and it's going to be the perfect gift for Christmas. In this recipe, I am using flour, it's not raw, I roasted flour on the slow flame so its "cooked" so you don't have to worry about eating raw flour.

For a vegan version, you can use vegan butter, agave, and vegan chocolate chip. For gluten-free, use oats and cashew instead of flour and to give a more royal look, you can dip the balls in melted chocolate and its truffles.

Ingredients :

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1 tsp Pure Vanilla extract
1 cup toasted Flour ( I used WW)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method : 

In a big bowl, mix together butter, white and brown sugar.

Add in vanilla extract, flour and salt, and mix till dough forms.

Stir in chocolate chips.

To make it one size balls, use ice cream scooper and scoop out dough and roll into a ball.

Put the balls on parchment paper and freeze it for 30 minutes or until its partially frozen.

Enjoy as it is, or pack it and send it to your loved ones.

To make truffles, dip those balls in chocolate and put it in the fridge till it hardens.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Spicy Chili Garlic Edamame

Whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant, we have to order Hot and sour soup, sushi, spicy edamame and then we go thru menu for main dishes.  So now I started making sushi at home and soup is always easy to make it, the only thing left is spicy edamame. Was looking for that perfect recipe and found it, made it and loved it so have to share it with you all. Here we get frozen vegetables in a bag, just have to microwave it and its ready for use. So for this recipe, I have used a frozen one, if you are using it fresh then first blanched it and then proceed with the recipe.

Ingredients : 

1   12 oz. Steam in a bag frozen  Edamame with shells
4   Big cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2   tbsp Huy Fong Chili Garlic sauce
1   tbsp Mayo
2   tsp Soya sauce
1/2  tsp Sesame oil
Sea salt flakes and sesame seeds - Optional


Microwave the edamame bag as per the instructions. Take out in the bowl so it will cool down. Its very important to have room temperature shells.

Take a small fry pan and put it on medium heat. Add sesame oil and then garlic. Saute till garlic is cooked but not burn.

Remove from heat and again let it cool.

Then add mayo, soya sauce, chili garlic sauce. Mix it nicely and add edamame in it and mix it so it coats on shells nicely.

Sprinkle some sea salt and sesame seeds and enjoy.

Inspired from here. Thank you

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