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South Indian Style Tomato Rice

June 25, 2017

This is my version of a classic South Indian style tomato rice- mine is made with brown rice.  No one was able to tell which rice was used. It is a great side dish accompanied by a protein or it is a great main to eat with a fried egg on top… either way, it is delicious!

  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Bring the water, salt and oil to a boil. Add the rice and simmer on medium low heat with partial lid on for 10 minutes. Cover with lid and turn to low and cook for another 25 to 30 minutes. Fluff with fork once the rice is cooked and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt

Heat a frying pan with the coconut oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves and curry leaves. Saute on medium heat for a minute. Add the onion and ginger and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, coriander powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Saute on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the cooled rice, mix well and check for seasonings. Serve right away.

MaPo Tofu with Mushrooms and Bok Choy

June 18, 2017
  • 1 pack firm tofu- 450 grams, cut into 1 inch squares and soaked in 3 cups of water and 2 teaspoons salt for 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chili bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn, ground
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 5 to 6 mini bok choy, sliced in half
  • ½ cup mushroom or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Drain the tofu and pat dry making sure not to break the pieces. Mix the corn starch in water in a small bowl, mix and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with peanut oil. Add the onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Move the veggie mixture to the side of the pan and add the chili bean sauce and Sichuan peppercorn powder. Saute for 30 seconds. Mix in with the veggies and add the tamari, tofu, bok choy, broth and corn starch. Mix well and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, add salt if needed. Garnish with cilantro.

 

Penne with Tomato Sauce and Burrata

June 11, 2017

When it is super hot outside and you want to eat something yummy!! This is this the thing to make…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup basil stems, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh or bottled tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • 1 pound penne, cooked al dente with 1 cup pasta water to spare
  • 1 burrata ball, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup basil leaves, sliced

Heat a large frying pan with the oil. Add the onion, garlic and basil stems. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and cook on a simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and sugar to taste. Add the cooked pasta, burrata cheese and some pasta water if desired. Mix and cook till everything is warmed through. Add the basil, cook for another few minutes. Check for seasonings and serve.

Fresh Corn and Shrimp Pasta

June 6, 2017

Another corn recipe before they go away…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 to 6 green onions, chopped
  • 4 ears of corn, taken off the cob
  • ½ pound medium shrimp, cleaned
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  • ½ pound pasta, cooked and save 1 cup pasta water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the green onions and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the corn kernels and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Add the ricotta cheese, cooked pasta and half of the pasta water. Cook on medium heat, mixing everything, until the shrimp are cooked through. Add salt and taste for seasonings. Add the cilantro and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Crispy Tofu with Sugar Snap Peas

June 4, 2017

This is a great recipe to make for Meatless Mondays… I love making tofu dishes- we all love it. Recently I have getting my inspiration from the New York Times cooking site – it has lots of really really good ideas. This recipe is from there.. I tweaked it a bit but it is still quite similar. Try this one, it is a winner!

  • 1 14 ounces package extra firm tofu
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup corn starch

Sauce

  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 large jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • Juice of 2 medium limes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Transfer all the ingredients to small bowl, mix well and set aside.

  • Peanut oil
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Drain tofu and wrap it with several layers of paper towel and place on a plate. Top with a heavy can and let the tofu drain for 30 minutes. Unwrap the tofu and into four parts and then diagonally. Dry with more paper towels and keep aside.

Transfer the cornstarch and salt into a wide bowl. Dredge the tofu and set aside. In the meantime, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 3 tablespoons peanut oil and start browning the tofu on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of the pan, add more peanut oil and add the sugar snap peas and scallions. Stir fry until soften- 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Add the tofu and garnish with cilantro, basil and sesame seeds. Serve with brown rice.

 

Cabbage and Pear Slaw

May 24, 2017

This is a yummy slaw that complemented the chicken tacos really well. The pears are delicious with the cabbage…If you can’t find pears any more, pineapple will be a delicious addition…

  • ½ cup plain kefir or buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ small cabbage, shredded
  • 1 pear, julienned

Mix the kefir, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, cilantro and salt in a small bowl. Transfer the shredded cabbage and pear in a serving bowl. Add the kefir mixture and mix well. Check for seasonings and let it sit for half an hour before serving.

Brown Rice Vegetable Pulao

May 21, 2017
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a saucepan with the butter and oil. Add the rinsed brown rice and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the broth and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered with lid for 30 minutes or till rice is done. Let cool and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped

Heat a wide frying pan with the oil and add the cumin and sauté for 10 seconds. Add the pepper, beans, onion, garlic and salt. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and dill as well as the cooked and cooled rice. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till the rice is heated through. Check for seasonings and serve.