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Curried tofu stir fry

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A aroma of the spices used in Indian cuisine has a unique appeal. A little goes a long way too.. for flavor, color, interest and to simply enhance any ingredient. Tofu is a very versatile and goof source of protein. Tofu by itself hardly has any flavor, but it does have a great texture, especially when stir fried.  Stir fried tofu can be a very easy and quick snack or meal, and adding some quick Indian flavors to it can make it very interesting.  This recipe is very fast, and perfect for any occasion. A trip to an Indian grocery store and stocking up some basic pre-made spice powders is the key to this recipe.  A pack of spice will last for months, so its worth the effort and sure to impress.

Indian tofy stir fry

Kind of food: Side, Main course
How long: 15 min
How much: Makes 4 cups
Pot & pans: One large stir fry pan

Ingredients
1 box of Firm tofu  – 12oz pack – cubed
1 Red bell pepper – cubed
1 small onion – diced
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp Cumin
1 small green chili
1 tbsp Tava fry masala*** (read note in the bottom for masala ideas)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Cilantro – finely chopped

How to make:
Place a stir fry pan or large nonstick pan on medium-high heat. Place 1 tbsp oil. While the pan is warming up, cut and prepare your vegetables and tofu. Add cumin and green chili to the oil and saute for a few seconds.  Now add the onions and bell peppers and saute for a couple of minutes. Cover for another 2 minutes. Add the tofu, salt and masala powder. Give it all a good toss and fry for another 3-4 mins till the tofu browns a little bit.  Remove from the heat, pour it out onto a serving plate and sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving ideas
The tofu stir fry is a very flavorful recipe. Depending on your taste, you can adjust the masala or flavoring and serve with steamed rice, Indian flat breads like naan or  rotis.
The Tofu also makes a great filling for a pita sandwich.
For great tasting naans  – check our our Tips on making super quick Naans from flat breads.
Naans are also readily available in chain grocery stores or in Indian stores.

*** How to buy masalas and spices in an Indian store?

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March 26, 2009 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Quick fun pasta salad

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Including lots of vegetables in your diet is always a great idea. But, sometimes, a little more than just vegetables can help boost the taste and appeal of the food. A little pasta in vegetables can add just the taste and texture to make the salad a lot more appealing. Try this colorful, healthy pasta recipe.  Its a great family meal or a a quick lunch at home or to take to school and work.

Pasta salad

Kind of food: Main course
How long: 20 min
Makes: 3-4 cups (2 servings)
Pots & pans: one pan and a pot.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta (any kind you like)
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion – diced
1 small zucchini
1 small red bell pepper
1/4 cup low fat feta cheese crumbled (or less)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or less)

Zucchini, bell pepper, low fat feta and parmesan cheese
How to make:
Set one quart of water in a pot. Cover to bring it to a boil quickly ( about 5 min). While the water is heating up, set a pan on medium-high heat. Place a tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and saute for a min, then add in the onions, give it another minute. Add the peppers and zucchini. Give it all a good stir and cover for 5-6 min. The Water should be boiling now. Add the dried paste to it and leave it uncovered. Cook for about 10min (or follow package directions). Check on the vegetables after 5-6 min. Give it a stir, cover and leave it the very low heat.  The pasta should be done cooking. Drain and place the paste in a pasta bowl. Add the vegetables, sprinkle the cheeses. Give it all a good toss – your pasta salad is ready!

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving ideas:
The pasta salad tastes great as is. If you want more, you can always serve it with some warm tomato soup or even add some grilled chicken or tofu to make it  a bigger meal

Tips, tricks and alternatives:
Cooking pasta recipes are very easy and does not take much time. THe key to this is using parallel processing. Do all your prep work for the vegetables and sides, while the pasta water is heating up or when the pasta is cooking. Pasta does not need much attention while boiling.

**  Remember – feta cheese and parmesean are both salty. So the salad should not need any extra salt. You always ofcourse add some heat to it with red chili flakes or some freshly ground black pepper.

March 9, 2009 at 12:30 am Leave a comment


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