Indian Khana, Made Easy

The word "khana" in Indian Khana Made Easy means food. So come on, let's explore and cook some easy Indian food together including Gluten Free dishes.

January 16, 2019

Rice Crispy Snack Mix

Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe it's 2019 already. It's been over a year since I got married and settled down in my "new life". 

2019 - Is a new year of opportunities, possibilities, and of course recipes. We're starting the year off with a fun snack that is not only for children anymore. In fact, adults may jump up for joy for this snack as it's crunchy and has a bit of kick to every bite. 

We had so much fun making Indian snacks with corn flakes (corn flakes mixture), that we wanted to make more snacks with other cereals like such as Rice Krispies cereal.  You can use Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal or a generic brand. 

This snack mix is simple and easy to make. We took an ordinary cereal and kicked it up a notch with some spices. 

- 8 oz Rice Crispy Cereal or Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 15 to 20 curry leaves (optional)
- 1 tsp citric acid
- 1 tsp chili powder (adjust per your taste)
- 1 tsp Dhan-jeera powder (ground coriander and cumin)
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp Chat Masala
- 4 to 5 Tbsp vegetable oil

1) Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Fry the peanuts and then add chili powder, dhanjeera powder and fry the mixture for 15 seconds. Next, add curry leaves and fry until they are crisp. Then, add citric acid and salt and mix well for another few seconds. 

2) Transfer the rice crispies into a large microwaveable bowl, and then, add roasted chana dal, pumpkin seeds and all the fried ingredients. Mix well and microwave for 4 to 5 minutes based on the microwave oven power in 2 minute intervals mixing intermittently. Adjust salt and chili powder if needed and microwave for another minute. Sprinkle the chat masala and mix well. 

3) Allow the mixture to cool down for 10 minutes.The mixture is ready to serve. Enjoy on its own or with your favorite beverage. 

December 15, 2018

The Fruits of Our Labor

We explored the "Land of Smiles" through sights, sounds and smells. The aroma of fresh fruit filled the air and we couldn't help we tried some. Click play to see the slide show.

We searched online to see what was in season and used this blog post, 19 Thai Fruits You Must Try and used it as a guide. We tried langsat or longkong, sapodilla (known as sapota in India), pomelo, Roselle, mini pineapple (native to Chiang Mai), Indian gooseberry, passion fruit, rambutan, jackfruit, pineapple, guava, small bananas, fresh coconut water, sugar apple, as well as freshly squeezed fruit juices.

The only place I found an Indian gooseberry tree was on Koh Samui island. The tree was planted right next to a rest stop  where we stopped at to get a drink. The rest stop owner was amused by our excitement over the gooseberries, that he plucked a whole bunch for us. I was all SMILES!

My husband and I have an ongoing feud about which fruit is better: jackfruit or durian. He thinks the aroma of jackfruit is stronger; and I beg to differ. I think Durian is a very stinky fruit and can't get past the smell to even try it. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.  

The best part of trying all the fruits for me was when I ate sapota (shown above). Sapota looks like a kiwi fruit on the outside but inside the flesh is caramel brown. When it is ripe, the flavor is sweet like caramel but not too sweet. I bought a half kilo of this fruit and ate them with joy.

My husband, Michael, felt the same way about Pomelo. He bought it every chance he got. It was in season and it was really good. Pomelo looks like a giant grapefruit but the morsels inside are sweet. It was refreshing. We found the best fruit in the supermarkets. They were reasonably priced and some were already peeled and cut.

We really did enjoy the FRUITS of our labor. The labor of walking around all the cities and looking at all the sights until our feet were sore. We're not complaining though. I would do it again if it meant I can eat more sapota or custard apple.

Stay tuned for more sights, sounds, and smells of Thailand coming up soon.