Friday, October 22, 2021

Air Fried Crispy Tofu in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Who doesn't like sweet and sour and spicy, so why not to make this healthy dish in using Tofu in sweet and sour sauce, it has perfect amount of sweetness from maple syrup and tartness from Pineapple juice. If you don't have pineapple juice you can use lime juice too but caramelized pineapple juice gives nice brown color to the dish. To make this sauce, its just take 2 minutes and you can add it to any protein or lots of vegetable and make it, I have used tofu which I Air fried it, you can do pan fried, deep fried, what ever works with you. Take your favorite vegetables along with  it and enjoy it with plain rice. You can adjust the quantities of the sauce as per your liking. 



Ingredients for the sauce

1 cup canned pineapple juice
3/4 cup light brown sugar or maple syrup
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp. ketchup
2 tbsp. soy  sauce or tamari sauce
corn starch slurry - 1 and half tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp. of water

Method :

Place all the ingredients except the cornstarch slurry in a pan and bring it to boil. 

Once its boiled add in slurry and cook till its thickens. 

Stir constantly to mix it. 

If you are using later, put it in air tight glass container and keep it in refrigerator, but since we are using it in this recipe I have kept it on side. 

Ingredients :

1 block of pressed tofu, cut it in triangles
Few florets of broccoli
5 Portobello baby mushrooms sliced in match sticks
1 red onion sliced in match sticks
half stick celery sliced
one carrot sliced
4 cloves of garlic sliced
1 inch of ginger finely sliced
2 tbsp. oil

Method : 

Put the aluminum foil on air fried plate, put the triangle tofu and spray it with oil.

Fry it on 350 for 15 minutes turning in between. 

You can pan fry it too or baked it in oven too.

I did air fried half and half shallow fry it. 

Once tofu is done, take it out.

heat the pan , add oil in it. 

when its hot, add ginger and garlic and cook it till its raw smell goes away , for 2 minutes on low to medium flame, make sure you don't burn the garlic.

Add your vegetables and cook it on high flame for 2 minutes. 

Add two to three tbsp. of sauce in it and mix it. 

Add more or less as per your liking. 

mix it nicely and cook it for 1 minute and done. 

Serve it hot with plain rice, I had with side of red curry too. 

You can sprinkle chopped green onions on top too. 




















Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Nuchinunde with Hingu oil - Steamed Lentil dumpling with Asafetida oil

So This recipe is basically from Karnataka , and its healthy, less oil and steamed so what not to like about it. Its basically Gujju's deep fried dalwada answer by South in a Steamed version, Since it has lot of lentils, it usually eaten with Asafetida oil , you can have it with coconut chutney or Majjige huli , which is again curry based on coconut milk with vegetables similar process to Gujarati kadhi but added coconut milk and vegetables. I had it with hingu oil since it was fast and new way to had it. 

I was craving for dalwada but was not interested in deep fried version so this was so long on to do list so made it and enjoyed it, it was good while it was out of the steamer as well as cold too. 

To crush the dals, it totally up to you to finely crushed or coarse. I like it little coarse so I keep it that way. 

You can adjust the spice level as per your liking.

Keep in mind you are working with lentils since once you soaked it , it will double in size so you can adjust the quantities as per your need. 




Ingredients for lentil dumpling: 

1/2 cup Chana dal
1/2 cup split mung dal with chilka
1/2 cup coconut
2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
few fresh curry leaves
1 inch ginger finely chopped
2 green chilies slit
1 tsp whole jeera
pinch of hing
Salt as per the taste
Half white onion cut it in cubes


Ingredient for Hing oil

3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp hing

Method 

In a bowl take the dal and washed it nicely till the water is clean

then add enough water and soak for 4-5 hours.

Drain off the water from the dal and transfer to the grinder, along with all the ingredients mentioned in ingredients for dumplings

Without adding water make a coarse paste.

Now heat the steamer with water and grease the plate with oil on which you are going to put the balls.

Mix all the ingredients and make a cylindrical shape.

Place it in the steamer leaving enough space in between the balls.

Steam for 15 to 20 minutes or until its cooked completely.

When its done, take it out and enjoy with any chutney, majjige huli or the way I had it hingu oil 

Recipe for the hingu oil - In small pan, add the oil, when  oil is warm, add hing in it and mix it and shut off the gas and take the oil in bowl. and enjoy it with Nuchin unde. 



















Friday, July 9, 2021

Soy Chap Hyderabadi Biryani

I am a big biryani lover and just love different ways  to make and different ingredients to make my biryani. I already have posted Soy chap Dum Biryani, but this is little different than dum. This biryani is very flavorful , spicy and lip smacking good. I keep my soy chap can in the pantry and leftover chap will go in freezer for later use. I am not making chap at home since you will never get that texture from home made. 

This recipes serves two and I used 3 sticks of soy chap. You can always adjust the quantities as per your taste and quantity. Biryani has just two steps, make rice separately  and make masala separately and then cook it in layers and done. If you have time, you can give dum too  otherwise perfectly layered one is fine to eat it. I had it with Raita and papad. 


Ingredients : 

3 soy chap stick in brine from can
2 cups basmati rice
2 big onion finely sliced
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
2 green chilies slit
whole spices - cinnamon stick , cloves, black and green cardamom, star anise, bay leaves
2 tbsp. biryani masala
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. cumin coriander powder
1/2 tbsp. red chili powder
2 tbsp. Kashmiri red chili powder - its not spicy but for the great flavor
1/2 cup coriander and mint leaves chipped
Salt as per taste
3 tbsp. ghee
1 tbsp. oil for frying chap

Method : 

In big pot bring water to boil. Add salt, whole spices and add soaked and washed rice in it. Cook till the rice is done 85-90%, I personally like 80% since it will get more flavor in it while cooking with masala.

When rice is done, drain the extra water and keep it aside. I like to take out whole spices too since my kids don't like to eat those masala by mistakes and any ways, you got all the flavor in rice so you don't need it now. 

Now let's prepare masala, 

First take the sticks out of the chap, cut it from middle and make 3 inches long pieces.

Heat the oil and fry those pieces till its golden brown in color. 

Keep it aside. 

In the same pan, now add ghee and fry the onions till its golden brown. Take it out 2-3 tbsp. of onion to garnish on the top.

Now in the leftover onions, add ginger garlic paste and chilies and cook till its raw smell goes away. 

Add the tomatoes and cook till its cooked perfectly and masala is dry. 

then add all powder masala and salt and  mix it. Add fried chap pieces and water just to coat the masala. 

Cook for 2 minutes. 

Add cooked rice on top of the masala, then chopped coriander and mint leaves and leftover fried onions on top. 

Sprinkle biryani masala on top and my secret yellow curd mix and  cook it on low flame with cover for 10 minutes. 

Remove from heat and keep it aside for 10 minutes. DONT TOUCH THE HOT RICE, you don't want to break it. have patience. 

Once its little cool down, mixed gently to serve it and enjoy it with raita, dal, papad or as it is. 





























Thursday, July 1, 2021

Plant Based Meatballs Sliders

I just love to explore new cuisine or ingredients, so when I see this product and above all it was on sale I have to buy it so I can try it. One Friday I decided that its going to be the sliders for the dinner. I had nice brioche buns for that and perfect sliced mozzarella cheese to go along with it. On a side I made roasted vegetables and French fries to complete the meal. and it was enjoyed by everyone in the family. 

I have made it with red marinara sauce but you can have it with pesto also. There are lots of ways to use this meatballs in any cuisine you can think of it. You will see more recipes in the future since I have a lot to share with you all. 

You can make kofta curry from this, IKEA style meatballs, soup, spaghetti and meatballs or go in to Asian directions too. 




Ingredients :

1 pack of Meatballs you can use whatever brand you like
2 cups of Marinara sauce
8 Slices of Mozzarella cheese
8 Brioche buns

Method

Heat a pan , when its hot add the frozen meatballs in it. and cook 1- to 15 minutes till its cooked from all sides. Other way you can do it in the oven too. Bake it at 375F for 15 minutes.

When its done, put mozzarella cheese on one side of the bun and toast it on griddle or pan and other side just as it is toasted. 

If you want you can warm up the marinara sauce also so everything is on same temperature. 

When cheese is melted, take two meatballs and put it on the bun , cover it with other side of the bun,  now its up to you if you want you can break the balls and have it or as it is. I like mine whole so I had it as it is along with my roasted vegetables and fries. 

Perfect weeknight meal is ready under 20 minutes. 













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