Two Scrumptious Indian Delicacies with A Twist
Are you bored eating those same old dishes at home? Well, there is no need to get disappointed because today, we are going to unveil a few new recipes that you can make from the same ingredients that you use in your kitchen on a daily basis. We will share two recipes and you will be surprised after seeing the ingredients that we have used in these recipes. So, without any further ado, let’s begin our journey in knowing the Two Scrumptious Indian Delicacies with a Twist.
You can call it Palak Paneer, but we have replaced paneer or cottage cheese with Tofu. Moreover, we have added low-fat yogurt and sliced onions to give this dish two different flavors at the same time. But, we have ensured the authenticity of the original recipe. So let see out first dish out of the Two Scrumptious Indian Delicacies with A Twist.
- One 14 oz package water-packed tofu, drained.
- One onion sliced with ¼ thickness.
- One tsp grated ginger.
- One pound baby spinach.
- 4 tsps., canola oil.
- ¾ Tsp
- One cup low-fat
- One tsp mustard seeds.
- ¼ Tsp ground cumin.
- 1 ½ Tsp curry powder.
- 2 medium cloves of garlic that are finely chopped.
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
- Cut tofu into bite-sized pieces. Take a large non-stick red copper pan and add two tsps., of canola oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to heat, add tofu into the skillet and then, sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir the tofu after every 2-3 minutes. Once tofu becomes brown on all the sides, take it out on a plate. It will take 6-8 minutes for tofu to become brown in color.
- You will now have to add the remaining 2 teaspoons of canola oil into the pan and let it heat on medium flame. Add mustard seeds, ginger, garlic and onion into the pan and cook until the onion becomes translucent. It will take around 5 minutes. Now, add spinach in parts so that it fits easily in the pan. Stir all the ingredients and cook until the spinach becomes wilted. This will take 4-6 minutes.
- Now, take a small bowl and add yogurt, cumin, curry powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix all the ingredients well and add to the skillet along with tofu. Cook for around 2 minutes
Your dish is ready, and it is not that ‘Palak Paneer’, which you have been eating for all these years. This is something else, something that has a new flavor altogether.
If you found this recipe exciting, then just continue reading this post, as we have got one more coming right up your way. The other of the Two Scrumptious Indian Delicacies with A Twist.
Curried Cashew Burgers
Another on our list of Two Scrumptious Indian Delicacies with A Twist is a burger. We all love watching food shows on TLC and Fox Life. They eat all kinds of meaty burgers that are big, juicy and mouth-watering. But, if you are one of those people who like seeing big, fat and juicy meat burgers, but can’t have those at home, then there is no need to worry. We are going to share a veggie burger that will give you the feel of eating a ‘meat burger’. The ingredient that we have added in this burger is ‘cashews’, which is responsible for giving the burger a unique flavor as well as texture. There are many more amazing ingredients in this burger, so let’s discuss the recipe of it in detail.
- Two cups of water, plus 2 tbsp., additional.
- One cup chopped onion.
- ¾ cup raw cashews.
- Lettuce and sliced cucumber, for garnish.
- 1 clove garlic, minced.
- ½ cup cucumber-mint raita.
- ¾ Tsp
- 2 tsps., curry powder.
- 6 whole-wheat pita bread (6 inches in diameter).
- 6 tsps., extra-virgin olive oil.
- One cup diced peeled carrots.
- ½ cup red lentils, rinsed.
- ¾ cup fine dry breadcrumbs.
- Ground pepper.
- Take a saucepan and add 2 cups of water, lentils, carrots and ¼ Tsp of salt in it. Bring the water to boil and then, reduce the heat. Partially cover the pan and let it cook until the lentils become tender and start to fall apart. This will take around 12-14 minutes. Once it’s done, you need to take out all the excess liquid by putting the ingredients in a colander. Then, transfer the ingredients to a plate and let them cool at the room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
- By the time those ingredients get cooled down, you can toast cashews in a dry pan over medium-low flame. Stir the cashews until they become golden in color. You will also smell a beautiful fragrance. Toast cashews for 2-4 minutes and then, transfer it to a plate.
- Now, take a non-stick skillet and add two teaspoons oil in it. Turn on the heat on medium flame and add onion into the pan. Stir the onion until they become softened. It will take around 5-8 minutes and once onion become softened, add curry powder, garlic and remaining two tbsps., of water. Stir the entire mixture for a minute and then, remove from heat.
- Now, you need to prepare cucumber-mint raita. This is optional, but I suggest that you should prepare it as it goes well with the cashew burger.
- Pulse cashews in a food processor until you get finely chopped cashews. After that, add onion mixture and lentils with the cashews and pulse all the ingredients. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add breadcrumbs and ½ Tsp salt and pepper. Mix everything well together.
- You will have to make six patties that are ½ inch thick and have the size of around half the size of a cup. But, make sure you dampen your hands before making patties.
- Add two tsps., in the non-stick skillet and cook 2-4 patties at a time. Fry patties for 4-5 minutes per side or until you see the brown color. Now, take pita breads and cut small ends off these in order to form pockets. Serve burgers in pita breads with cucumber and lettuce. Add raita as well if you have prepared it.
Ideally, you should eat a burger with your hands, but this is not really a burger, though it has got such a name. So, you can use Chicago cutlery insignia for cutting the right pieces of pitas that include all the fillings. If you want, you can use your hands as well.
This recipe is prepared within 30 minutes and is extremely refreshing. When you feel like eating a sandwich or a burger, then, you can prepare this recipe because it is a lot tastier and healthier than a sandwich or a burger that is sold in popular fast food chains.
With these recipes, you will agree upon the fact that vegetarian food can be fun too. We have discussed two recipes, out of which, the first one resembles ‘Palak Paneer’, but the twist we added has served its purpose quite nicely.
The second recipe is completely new for many Indian cooking enthusiasts; therefore, they should try it. If you want to add some other ingredients into any of the aforementioned two recipes, then feel free to do so, as you never know when you come across a superb combination with a great taste. Try these recipes in the upcoming days and do share your experience.
Author Bio: Monica Henin, the author of this post is a food expert. Her expertise in various types of cuisines encouraged her to write blogs on different recipes so as to educate her readers regarding a never-ending horizon of professional cooking. Check out her website www.addonkitchen.com for healthy recipes and food tips.