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.

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July 27, 2011

"Corny" Rainbow Salad

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One of the best ways to lose weight and boost your health is to add more color to your diet. So we played with that idea and created the Rainbow Salad. It's so easy that even my sister who always claims she's too busy, took the time to make it and loved it. Now that's saying something!!

- 16 oz frozen bag of Yellow Sweet Corn
- 16 oz frozen bag of White Sweet Corn
- 1 Red Bell pepper, cut into 1cm cubes
- 1 English Cucumber, cut into 1cm cubes
- ½ cup of Coriander, chopped
-  2-3 of Carrots, peeled & grated
- 2 tbsp of Lemon juice

1) Microwave both yellow & white corn for 4 min each and allow them to cool.
2) Then microwave bell pepper for 3 min and cool.
3) Mix corn, pepper, carrots, cucumber and coriander in a large bowl along with lemon juice. Serve cold.

We make it for all our backyard parties and whenever we need a side dish for lunch or dinner. It requires minimal assembly and spices. And these types of salads are very popular in South India, specifically in the Karnataka region.


Substitutions:
- If coriander/cilantro is not available, parsley can be added.
- English cucumber can be replaced with regular cucumber (peel and seed to avoid watery consistency) or green squash.
- Moong Dal sprouts can be used instead of corn. 
- Use chat masala instead of lemon juice for a zesty flavor.

July 20, 2011

Tofu Lovers Rejoice

Here's another tofu delight from our culinary chest that we know your taste buds will love and rejoice. We love cooking with tofu because it is low in calories & fat and high in protein and iron. Now that's goodness we can bite into. There are also varieties in tofu, such as Steak (firm), soft/silken, or dried that you can work with to create a number of dishes. We prefer to use the Steak type in dishes like our Potato & Tofu with Spiced Tomato Sauce because the tofu will not crumble so easily when mixed with the other ingredients. This dish can be served with hot naan, roti, rice (brown or plain) or enjoyed by itself as a side dish. 

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Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients: 
- 6 oz (½ block) Extra Firm Tofu (steak type or plain), drain well and cut into 1”cubes                      
- 1 large Potato, microwave, peel and cut into 1” pcs
-  ½ cup of Crushed tomatoes                                                        
- 5 fl oz or 150 mL (small can) of Evaporated milk            
- 1 large Onion, chopped finely
½ cup of  Carrots & Peas (frozen)                                                
- 1tbsp of Dhan-Jeera powder (coriander/cumin)
- 1 tsp of Ginger/garlic paste
- 1 tsp (or to taste) of Chili powder
- ½ tsp of Turmeric powder                                                             
- small handful (approx. 1/8 cup) of Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)    
- 1 ½ tsp (or as needed) of Salt                                                                                        
- 1 ½ tbsp of Vegetable oil                                                                     

Procedure:
1) Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add Dhan-jeera, chili powder, turmeric and mix well. Now add onions, ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2-3 minutes.
2) Add tofu and potato cubes and mix well to coat them thoroughly with the spice mixture (3-4 minutes).
3) Next add crushed tomatoes and mix well for 3-4 minutes to remove the raw taste and then add evaporated milk into the mixture. 
4) Then add 1 cup of water. Next add salt, methi leaves and cook under closed lid for 7-10 minutes until the gravy thickens and the spices are infused into the tofu & potato. Remove from heat, mix in carrots and peas, and allow it to sit for 5-6 minutes.

Quick Tips: 
- All the spices help elevate the flavor of the tofu and potato in this dish.
- Cauliflower can be substituted for potato. 
- The curry will taste even better if allowed to sit for a few hours or the next day.