Tofu Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a popular appetizer in Indian restaurant but you can use Tofu too . Use extra firm tofu. I had firm tofu and so you can see how it disintegrated.

Basically vegetables are marinated in yogurt sauce. We add some roasted chickpea flour but if you use greek yogurt it’s thick enough . Or you can use any flour you generally use to thicken your soup or sauce here.

Now add spices like red pepper, turmeric , cumin powder etc . Your choice, likes snd creativity into plain yogurt. If you have kasoori methi and mustard oil add that for Indian flavor. Or little olive is good too. We are flexible , right ?

Marinate vegetables like colored pepper , tofu, onion , mushrooms.

Put it on skewers and bake in oven for 30 -40 minutes turning them around few times in between . You can pour little butter when you turn it around .

This is no way authentic tikka recipe that you find in restaurants but at home for fun, healthy meal.

With little salad on side and cilantro chutney makes a good meal.

Appetizer for dinner . Why not ? Our minds are so conditioned that we get stuck on right and wrong and forget to be just happy.

Enjoy!

Almond Flour Upma

Do you like to use Almond flour ? This upma turned our pretty tasty. Make it just the way you make rava upma.

From my last almond Halwa experiment I learned this flour can give little too smooth texture. So what I did was , added 1 tsp of rava to get grainy texture . Even if you skip rava it will be ok if you add urad dal in tadka. It will give crunch.

Try it out. Like me try small quantity first time and see how you like it . Gets done in no time . Roast almond flour for like 2 mins .

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Vegan Ragda Pattice

Everyone or should I say health conscious ppl are trying to be gluten free and vegan. Have been realizing lot of Indian recipes can be vegan and gluten free with just few changes.

  • Ragda is made of dry white peas. Insta pot here will do the job.
  • Pattice is made of potatoes.
  • We top with date, tamarind sauce and coriander chutney, onion, tomatoes.
  • Skip sev and yogurt on top. Sev is made of besan so gluten free but unless you make at home , you don’t know what all it is made if. Without it, it still taste good and very feeling because of peas.
    We have to make things work for us instead of complaining. Isn’t it?
    Enjoy!

Insta Pot Rajasthani Dal Dhokli

Dal dhokli is another good candidate for Insta pot. You can make in just 1 pot and it’s easy. There are many videos and recipes for this online. I used 1 cup mung dal with skin , 1 tbsp Chana dal. Both soaked for 15 minutes. And it cooked in 12 minutes with natural release. Looks like you can use any dal combination but if your dal is gonna take longer to cook then first cook dal and then add dhokli. Dhokli will cook just in few minutes. Here’s few ideas for open minded ppl.

  • If you are not Indian, and want to try this recipe but don’t want to make dhokli…take lasagna sheet, break it in 1 inch pieces and cook it in dal. Very innovative, isn’t it?
    You can use any other pasta but not cheese filled. You can but I don’t know how that would taste.
    Dals are rich in protein , fiber and with insta pot they are so easy to cook. You don’t need to be Indian or have to follow Indian recipes, come up with your own.
    Generally we add ginger ,garlic , tomatoes or lemon juice in dals to make it easy to digest.
    Also this will be good for ppl with sugar problem since no extra sugar and more fiber.
    Enjoy!

Insta Pot Boiled Peanuts

Hiker friends love boiled peanuts and we call boiled peanut lovers squirrels now. So I have been making them for few years now for our hikes. Now with insta pot they are much easier to make. Here’s how I made them in 6 quarter insta pot.

  • Soak raw dry peanuts for 10-12 hrs in insta pot only with trivet that comes with it on so that they stay in water else they will float.
    Rinse and add fresh water, salt. Needs lot of salt. You can taste water and it should taste good salty. You can also add spices you like.
    Pressure cook on high for 50 mins. And let it release naturally.
    Taste and if salt is less , add more and cook for a minute and natural release again so it has time to absorb more salt.
    Fun healthy snack to relax and chit chat with friends.
    If you have green peanuts (lucky you) then no need to soak. It should be done in 25-30 minutes.
    Peanuts are gluten free. So this is vegan gluten free snack. It will keep you full for a long time too.
    Enjoy!