Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu

A heartwarming snack for the monsoon season, these bite-sized pieces of tofu are sure to treat you right. Enhanced with garlic, baked to crispy perfection and topped with chilli sauce: what more do you need on a chilly evening!
Course Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 100 Grams Tofu cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 No Garlic cloves Minced
  • 1/4 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1/4 Tbsp Onion powder
  • 1/8 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Chilli sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tofu pieces on a silicon baking mat or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the tofu for 35-40 minutes until golden and crisp around the edges, flipping the pieces halfway through.
  • When the tofu is almost done, make the sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic, soy sauce, onion powder, brown sugar and sriracha. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and mix until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add this mix to the saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and stir until everything is completely mixed and the sauce has thickened. If your sauce is too thick, you can add another 1 tbsp of water.
  • Add the baked tofu to saucepan and coat with sauce. Serve warm.

 

Three Beans Chaat

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the chaat

  • 1/2 Cup rajma cooked
  • 1/2 Cup chana cooked
  • 1/2 Cup chowli (blacked eye) beans cooked
  • 1/4 Cup green beans cooked
  • 1/4 Cup onions chopped
  • 1/4 Cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 Cup cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 Cup pomegranate

For the dressing

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chaat masala
  • salt and pepper(To Taste)
  • 1 Tsp coriander chopped

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, chaat masala, salt, pepper, chopped coriander to make a wonderful dressing.
  • Mix all the rajma, channa, chowli beans and green beans into the dressing.
  • Then add chopped onion, tomatoes and cucumber.
  • Mix it well and let it soak the dressing in the fridge for approximately an hour.
  • Serve chilled.

 

Asian Salad

I've got a nice crunchy Asian salad for you guys with quintessential Asian flavours and loads of colourful veggires.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup white cabbage chopped
  • 1 Cup red cabbage chopped
  • 1 Cup carrots grated or shredded
  • 1 Cup shelled edamame cooked
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1/2 Cup roasted cashews finely chopped
  • Handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Crispy wonton strips optional

For Dressing

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large salad bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients. If using wonton strips, hold off on adding those until after the dressing.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Then pour over the salad and throughly toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

 

Cucumber Rolls With A Twist

Ingredients
  

  • cucumbers
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoons herbs such as cilantro (optional)
  • Ham or turkey if desired optional

Instructions
 

  • 1. Thinly slice cucumbers using a mandoline or using a vegetable peeler. Lay the cucumbers aside on a paper towel plate to drain excess moisture.
  • 2. Mix together the yogurt, curry powder and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3. Spread the yogurt mixture across the cucumber slices and sprinkle with fresh herbs if desired.
  • 4. Spread thinly sliced ham or turkey across the cucumber slices if desired.
  • 5. Roll up carefully, using a toothpick to close if needed.
  • 6. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Notes

Looking for a cool and refreshing snack? Look no further. Check out this super cool cucumber rolls

Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup

Ingredients
  

  • Cabbage - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Carrots - 1/3 cup finely chopped
  • Capsicum - 1/3 cup chopped
  • French beans - 1/4 cup finely chopped
  • Ginger - 3/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp finely chopped
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - 3 cups

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pot and add 1/2 tsp chopped garlic and 3/4 tsp chopped ginger. Sautee well. Add 1/4 cup spring onions to the pot, followed by the rest of the vegetables.

Step 2

  • Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add 3 cups of water. Season with pepper and salt as required.

Step 3

  • Stir well and cover the pot. Simmer the flame down till the vegetables are almost cooked. Serve hot!

Sprouts Salad

Ingredients
  

  • Sprouted mung beans - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 medium finely chopped
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp or more
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice at the end.

Mushroom and Cherry Tomato Sandwich

Chef Harish Rao

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small cup mushrooms quartered
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 small shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch rocket/lettuce roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup continental parsley roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Step 1
  • Place the olive oil, red wine vinegar, sweet chilli sauce and salt and pepper in a screw-top jar. Shake until well combined. Place the mushrooms into a large bowl, pour 2/3 marinade over the mushrooms and stir well to combine. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Step 2
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, shallots, rocket, parsley and remaining dressing to the mushroom mixture. Toss gently to combine. Season and serve on bread.

 

Beetroot and Feta Salad / Sandwich

Chef Harish Rao

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 50 g baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 50 g feta crumbled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 slices whole wheat/multigrain bread

Instructions
 

  • Step 1
  • Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Wash beetroot. Pat dry. Wrap in foil. Place on a baking tray. Roast for 1 hour or until tender. Cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare remaining ingredients. Peel and discard skin from beetroot. Cut beetroot into 2 cm pieces.
  • Step 2
  • Combine spinach, onion, feta, walnuts and beetroot in a bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Step 3
  • Place orange juice, oil and mustard in a screw-top jar. Season with salt and pepper. Secure lid. Shake to combine. Add to beetroot mixture. Toss to combine. Serve on bread.

Broccoli and Green Pea Soup

Chef Harish Rao

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g broccoli florets stalks peeled; finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 quart water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh green peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half or evaporated low fat or skimmed milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Snipped chives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Simmer the broccoli and a half onion in the water or stock for 15 minutes or until tender. Add the peas and simmer for 5 minutes longer just to cook through. (As you are simmering, be sure to keep the level of the water constant so that it does not evaporate too much.) When the vegetables are tender, puree the mixture (vegetables and liquid) through a food mill or blender. (If you puree it with a food processor or a blender, pass the puree through a sieve to remove any tough bits.)
  • In a clean saucepan heat the butter. Add the remaining onion and cook for 5 minutes, over low heat or until very tender but not brown. Add the flour and cook for a few seconds. Whisk in the strained puree, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion to make sure the flour does not stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Gradually add the half and half or evaporated milk and adjust it to the texture you like. Bring the liquid to just to under a boil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle out and garnish with chives if you wish.

Zucchini and Chicken Salad

Chef Harish Rao

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bunch spinach chopped
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped peppers
  • 1/4 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking Chicken
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 50 g Zucchini thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • 1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Add zucchini; toss to coat, and let marinate while cooking chicken.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, and slice thinly.
  • 3. Toss chicken with zucchini mixture, spinach, onion and cucumber.