Category Archives: Asian

Spicy Tofu

Quick stir fry meal within few minutes. So many coloured veggies and spiciness of ginger. Try this recipe for  relishing a satisfying meal.


Serves 4
Ingredients
2 cups medium firm Tofu
1 cup sprouts
2 tablespoon chopped ginger
1/2 tablespoon red chilli flakes
1/2 tablespoon salt
1.5 tablespoon oil
10-12 broccoli florets
1/2 cup each celery and bell pepper (chopped big long pieces)
2 tablespoon of corn starch
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoon of lemon juice
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Process: Heat oil in a wok on high. Add the ginger and constantly saute it till it turns golden. Add the broccoli and constantly stir fry it for 1 minute, then add the remaining vegetables and do the same.

Reduce the heat between medium-high and place the tofu gently for 1-2 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of water to cornstarch and pour it on the tofu. With a spatula flip the tofu, add the chilli flakes. Turn off the stove, add the sprouts, cilantro, lemon juice and salt. Mix everything well.

This wholesome meal is ready to be served.

Money Bags

A lovely looking appetizer which will remind you of real Money bags!!! It is very gingery and the nutty flavour is very unique. Follow the tips for making your own homemade sheets or buy readymade ones and learn how to cook them perfect crispy and crunchy.

15 Money Bags
Ingredients:
For Sheets:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil

A packet of readymade sheets(spring rolls sheets)

For the strips:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oil

For Filling:
5 Medium size boiled potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup roasted and grounded peanuts

1/4 cup each all-purpose flour and corn starch
Oil for frying

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Process: Mix the ingredients of Homemade sheets with warm water, knead into a soft dough and roll it on a plastic mat very thin. Put in the freezer for nearly 30 minutes.
Mash the potatoes and mix all the ingredients well. Keep aside.

Knead the ingredients for strips with little water and make long strips from it. These strips will be used for tying around the readymade wrapping sheets.

Put 1/4 cup of cold water to the all-purpose, cornstarch mixture . Stir well and make a smooth paste

Heat oil in a big wok and start preparing the bags. Remove the sheets out and allow them to thaw for 5 minutes. Put a spoonful of filling in it, brush the paste in a circle around the filling and close the sheet by bringing them together.

Dip the base in the batter and fry it on Medium to low heat for nearly 5 minutes.

For ready-made sheets, follow the same procedure and while closing the ends, take one strip and tie it around the closing point. Fry in a similar manner these ones too. Once done place them on an absorbent paper or cloth to remove excessive oil.

The crispy and flavourful money bags are ready to serve.

Steamed Momos

My version of momos with a combination of Asian and north Indian flavour.The dough is steamed with cooked vegetable fillings. Whenever I make this recipe it always gets a good response, may it be at a temple community or some small party events, people eat and come again asking for more !

15 momos
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
1 cup crumbled soft tofu
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons dark thick soy sauce
2 teaspoons chilli sauce
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoon of sesame oil (optional just for the kick flavour of sesame)
or 1 tablespoon use regular oil
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Momos filling

 

 

Momos inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process: Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add all  the vegetables and stir fry just for 2-3 minutes on high heat . Reduce the heat to medium and add the tofu, spinach, and cilantro. Add all the spices and sauces. Cover the lid and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Add all the spices and sauces. Cover the lid and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Keep it aside to cool down.

Make a soft dough by gradually adding warm water to the flour with a teaspoon of salt and little oil. Once the dough is ready and the mixture has cool down make equal portions of balls from the dough.

Roll into a circular shape with a help of a rolling pin to nearly the size of your palm. Take a tablespoon of filling and put it in the center of the dough. Press the filling and close the corners of the dough by pinching them evenly in a circular motion.

For steaming the momos, I use electrical cooker and sometimes idli maker. Any steamer works great. All you need to do is grease the surface on which you are placing the momos and cover with a lid allowing them to steam for 10 minutes. The change in the color and texture will make you know that the momos are cooked.
For the above quantity of momos I used 2 cups of water.

Serve with hot tomato ginger chutney or hummus

Korean Stir Fry Tofu

How do I even begin to describe the deliciousness of this stir fry quick recipe! Sometimes I use paneer instead of Tofu but nothing can beat Tofu’s softness and juiciness in this regard.
I love sesame and pepper combination and this sweet and spicy sensation of the sauce mixed with tofu goes well with any simply boiled noodles, rice or sprouts.

8-10 slices
Ingredients:
1 block tofu (extra firm) sliced in rectangle shapes (1 inch thick)
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds roasted and powdered
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 cup Finely chopped cilantro and celery stems
1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon daikon radish paste
1/2 teaspoon hing/asafetida (optional)
1/4 cup  sesame oil for frying the tofu
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 cup of water
1 and a quarter teaspoon of dark thick soy sauce
1 teaspoon of salt
A pinch of sugar
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On a nonstick pan heat one tablespoon of sesame oil. fry the tofu 4 slices at a time on medium heat.
Gently flip to the other side. Make sure both the sides are golden brown. Keep aside for cooling.
Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a bowl . Put the pan with tofu back on the stove and pour the mixed spices ingredients on top of the tofu . For 60 seconds cook it on medium heat . Cover the lid and cook on low heat for another 1-2 minutes till the soya absorbs most of the liquid. Garnish with few sesame seeds and It’s ready to serve.