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Healthy Miso Noodle Soup


This 30 minute vegan healthy Miso Noodle soup is perfect for those cold winter nights!!

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables

Miso Soup... I'd read about it, seen it but never got a chance to try it. Reason? It usually contains fish. Even the ready to eat soup packets have fish in them. So I knew the only thing I could do was make it myself, without fish, of course. But for that I needed Miso Paste. Hard that it may sound, but not many people have actually heard of Miso Paste, not just in India but in a lot of South East Asian countries as well. I looked for it high an low in everywhere nope, I did not find it. It is more apt to say I did not find it in the quantity and the cost that I was actually looking for. I did find it in a Japanese store in Cambodia but it was over 1 kg in quantity and with everything written in Japanese on the cover, I was completely lost on what the ingredients were. It is available in India, however, it is either not too good or way too expensive. I finally purchased my first batch in Whole Foods, Chicago and have been loving it. It is fish free, salty-sweet and delicate in flavor. I could it just by the spoonful.

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables


Miso is a paste of rice and soybeans that has been fermented using koji. Shiro Miso is the mild light colored one and also the one I used in this recipe. It just adds a hint of flavor but a lot of health to the soup. It is a great source of iron and protein. You can replace it with the red miso or Aka Miso, but definitely reduce the quantity as that is much stronger than the white miso.

Traditionally, the base of a miso soup is a Japanese stock called dashi which is made from sea kelp (kombu) and fish flakes (bonito flakes), but that is not something I would eat. So I skipped that totally and made it vegan. If you can find some sea weed like wakame or nori, add it to enhance the umami of the soup. I would have loved to, but I did not have any.

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables


I know all my talk is about Miso here and it is a Miso soup, but even if you cannot find a good miso paste, don't be disheartened. Make the soup anyway, just call it Noodle Soup :) The soup is very healthy because of all the vegetables it contains. It is also super low in calories, with one serving being under 150 calories. All the more reason to make it, don't you think? It is absolutely guilt free. And if you thought it won't fill you up, let me warn you right away, you are wrong.  I could never drink/eat 2 whole servings because all that fiber from the vegetables filled me up right away.

I used whole wheat noodles in the soup, you can substitute it with soba noodles. Udon noodles wouldn't be bad as well. This soup is the healthiest thing you can have on a cold winter night. And the best part, it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables

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Healthy Miso Noodle Soup

Vegan healthy soup made with white miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables
Vegan healthy soup made with white or shiro miso, wholewheat noodles and fresh vegetables. 

Recipe Type:  Soup
Cuisine:            Japanese
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


3 tsp Shiro Miso Paste
50gms Wholewheat Noodles
1.5 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
30gms Tofu, cubed
4-5 Mushrooms, sliced
3 baby Bok choy, chopped roughly
0.5 cup Broccoli florets
1 small Onion
1 cup Cabbage, shredded
1 small Carrot, julienned
3 tsp Oil
1 liter Vegetable Broth or Water
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Method:


Cook the noodles as per instructions on the packet. Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the onions until they are translucent.
Add the broth or water and bring to a rolling boil.
Dissolve the miso paste in half cup of water and add it to the pan.
Add the soy sauce, sriracha sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
Boil for 2-3 minutes.
Add the bokchoy, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage and carrot and boil for another 2 minutes.
Add the noodles and tofu and serve hot.


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Vegan Thai Green Curry


Fragrant, creamy and vibrant vegan Thai Green Curry made with fresh ingredients!!



Happy 2018 guys!!! I know I’ve been AWOL for way too long from the blog and I feel extremely guilty. It may be a new year but my excuses are the same – work, home and travelling took up so much time that I could not devote enough to my one passion – my blog. I’ve missed blogging much more than anything last year and I don’t wish to repeat that again. So hopefully, you’ll see more of me and more consistently in 2018. Cheers!!

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you know what I’ve been eating and where. No? What are you waiting for, go follow me here or search for @oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram.
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Just to catch you up a little, I spent the last week in Chicago freezing myself. I went from a comfortable 20 degrees C (Positive) and to -20 degrees C (negative) for one week. My fingers froze when they weren’t in the coat pockets and my ear hurt when it errantly slipped out of the cap. I applaud those who brave this weather regularly, but I’m not made for that chill. While it was an a nice to experience just how that cold feels, I’m happy to be back to warm weather where I don’t need even a light jacket and I can roam around in open sandals.

I am one of those weirdos who actually likes airline food. I look forward to meals on planes. But after 8 meals in a span of one week plus a week of eating in restaurants, I’m just simply glad to be back to eat warm clean food at home. A touch of spice, a lot less cheese and a lot of health – that’s how I like my everyday food.

So my first recipe of 2018, is this warm flavorful Thai Green Curry with lots of vegetables that is perfect for cold winters. Did I tell you how much I love it? It is simply delicious plus it is hearty, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and full of fiber. Serve it with a bowl of brown rice for a healthier meal. I also had so much fun making this curry. I found all the fresh ingredients in the market and they were such a colorful bunch. I enjoyed shooting this recipe, all those colors popped beautifully.

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Back to the recipe, one might be discouraged by the number of ingredients, but I ask you to look beyond it. The number may be more, but the effort is really not too much. The prep here is more time consuming than the actual cooking. And this is the perfect recipe to engage your family – ask your partner or kids to help out in peeling, chopping and slicing. Make it a family recipe and you won’t be so daunted. 

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Thai Green Curry (Vegan)


How to make vegan thai green curry recipe, asian curry recipe, how to make thai curry without fish sauce, vegan green curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comEasy to make vegan Thai green curry that is made with a fresh green curry paste and creamy coconut milk along with lots of stir fried vegetables.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Thai or Asian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


For the Green Curry Paste:


3 Lemongrass Stalks
2 Tbsp chopped Ginger
4-5 cloves Garlic
1 small Onion
2-3 green Onions (spring onions)
2-3 green Chillies
1 Tbsp fresh Turmeric or 0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
Handful of Basil leaves
Handful of Coriander leaves
2 tsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
0.5 tsp Peppercorns
Zest of 1 Lime
1-2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 Tbsp Palm Sugar (Jaggery/Sugar)
Water as required
Salt to taste

For the vegan Thai Green Curry:


1 cup thick Coconut Milk
1 cup thin Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp fresh Green Curry Paste
75 gms firm Tofu (cubed)
0.5 diced Capsicum
1 cup Broccoli florets
0.5 cup sliced Zucchini
1 small Carrot sliced
4-5 Mushrooms sliced
0.5 cups cubed Sweet Potato (boiled)
1 diced Bokchoy or handful of Spinach
3-4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


To make the Green Curry Paste:

1. Powder the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peppercorns coarsely. I hand pounded these in a mortar with a pestle.
2. Remove the outer later of the lemongrass stalk and chop into slices.
3. Roughly chop the green chillies, onions, green onions and garlic.
4. Add the pounded spices, lemongrass, green chillies, onions, green onions, garlic, chopped ginger, chopped turmeric, coriander leaves, basil leaves, lime zest, lime juice, sugar/jaggery and 1 tsp of salt to the food processor or a mixer and give it a whizz.
5. Scrape the sides of the jar and grind again. Add water by the spoonful to get a smooth paste.
6. Adjust salt, sugar and lime as per your taste.
7. Fill in sterilized glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
8. This recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups of curry paste.

To make the vegan Thai Green Curry:


1. Heat oil in a wok or kadhai.
2. Drain the excess water from the tofu using a kitchen towel. Add the tofu to the wok and fry until golden.
3. Remove the tofu and keep aside.
4. Add the carrots, mushroom, zucchini, broccoli, bokchoy stems and capsicum and stir fry them for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add the bokchoy leaves or spinach and stir until they are wilted.
6. Cook until the vegetables are cooked to your liking and remove it from the wok and keep aside. Preferably, the vegetables should be crunchy and not overcooked and mushy.
7. Heat the remaining oil and add the green curry paste. Stir fry it for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
8. Add the stir fried vegetables along with the boiled sweet potato to the wok.
9. Add the thin coconut milk and cook it for 3-4 minutes.
10. Add the thick coconut milk and salt and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
11. Add the tofu before serving. Serve the curry hot with steamed white rice.

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Honey Sesame Baked Tofu Tacos with Corn and Raw Mango Salsa


mint yogurt sauce pudina raita vegan phulka wholewheat roti tortilla chapati

These Honey Sesame Baked Tofu Tacos are set to BRIGHTEN up your Weeknights. Crispy sweet salty baked Tofu... Salsa made with sweet juicy corn and tart raw mango and a cooling mint, coriander and yogurt sauce...

I remember a time when I absolutely hated Tofu. I wondered how anyone loved it. And then I discovered deep fried Tofu and I was converted. Can you imagine that sinfully CRISPY Tofu? Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. And I just melted away with a bite of that Tofu.

And then I found BAKED Tofu. It is just as tasty, but it is BAKED... So much taste for so less oil.


Is it true that eating colorful food makes you all cheerful? These colorful tacos did that to me. The honey-soy marinade gives the otherwise pale Tofu this interesting DARK look. The corn salsa is the real color overload here - yellow, read, pink, green... it is like a rainbow. May be I should call it a rainbow salsa. 




The mint-coriander-yogurt sauce was my replacement for a regular guacamole. It is just a seasonal issue. Summer, you see, apparently, isn't the best time for the Avocado and they are all out of the market. I did manage to get a couple of good looking ones, but then, looks aren't everything. They just didn't taste as good. So I decided to skip the old Guac and add my own Minty sauce.


This is the biggest advantage of growing your own food. One fine day I took a sprig of mint and simple stuffed it in a pot in my balcony. That little act is totally paying off!!! Now I have not one, but THREE pots bursting with fresh mint. I love that fragrance of fresh mint. Every time I touch those mint plants, my hand smells like mint. Absolutely love it!!! So every time I'm undecided on what sauce to make or what chutney to make, I always turn to Mint. This mint, coriander and yogurt sauce is a cooling addition to the taco. You can totally replace this sauce with any sauce or dip you love - Guacamole, Sour cream, Mayo - whatever pleases you and fits in with your diet choices.





Honey Sesame Baked Tofu Tacos with Corn and Raw Mango Salsa


Honey and soy marinated tofu, baked crisp and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. Topped with a corn and raw mango salsa and a mint yogurt sauce to make a colorful weeknight Taco dinner.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:         International Fusion
Prep Time:    40 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:             4 servings

Ingredients:


Honey Sesame Baked Tofu Tacos


100 gms Firm Tofu
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Organic Honey
1 tsp Sesame seeds
1 tsp Chilli sauce
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Sesame Oil
4 Tortillas

Corn and Raw Mango Salsa


1 cup boiled Corn
2 Tbsp finely chopped Onion
2 Tbsp finely chopped Tomato
2 Tbsp finely chopped Raw Mango
1 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander Leaves
Salt to taste

Mint Coriander Yogurt Sauce


1/2 cup Mint leaves
1/4 cup Coriander leaves
2 Tbsp Thick Yogurt
1 Green Chilli
Salt to taste

Method:


To make the Honey Sesame Baked Tofu:


Take some kitchen towels and pat the tofu to remove any excess water. We want firm and dry tofu.
Cut the tofu into bite sized pieces.
Mix the soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, cumin powder and chilli sauce to make the marinade.
Pour the marinade over the tofu and allow it to rest for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Grease the baking sheet with the sesame oil and place the tofu on the sheet. Do not crowd the tofu.
Drizzle some sesame oil on top of the tofu too.
Bake the tofu for 20 mins, turning the tofu every 5 mins to get an even crispy outer crust on it.
Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on it.

To make the Corn and Raw Mango Salsa:


Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl and keep aside.

Mint Coriander Yogurt Sauce:


Blend all the ingredients in a blender and until blended finely.

To make the Tacos:


Grill the tortillas.
Now place the tofu on the tortillas
Top it up with the salsa and the sauce.
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Vegetable Jalfrezi

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


Guests coming over and you wanna impress them? Or are you just bored of your usual dinner fare? Jalfrezi can be your answer. Try it !

I saw this lovely photo of Jalfrezi in a magazine, it had me salivating. That one photo was my inspiration to try my hand at Jalfrezi. Jalfrezi has made its presence felt worldwide. It was voted to be UK’s most popular Indian curry a few years ago. And who would believe making it was so easy. 

The only effort needed is actually in cutting the vegetables, but you can totally skip it by buying already cut veggies from the supermarket or using your food processor. And you can relax doing your crossword or watching your favorite show on TV, while it simmers slowly. All it needs is like a check around 5-10 mins. Open the pan, peek, stir, close and back to what ever you were doing. Lovely, isn't it?

The best part is, you can add any vegetables you fancy or use up all your leftover vegetables at the end of the week to make it. I would however recommend adding baby corn as I felt it gives it an added crunch. To make it vegan, replace the paneer with Tofu or totally skip it, you won't be missing out on anything.


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Step by Step Recipe with Photos:


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

1) Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer /tofu similarly Chop the onion finely. Puree the tomato. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

2) Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

3) Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

4) Add the tomato puree. 


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

5) Add ketchup.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

6)  Cook on low heat until the oil separates. Approximately 8-10 minutes.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

7) Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

8) Add water. Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

9) Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

10) In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

11) Fry until the paneer is slightly brown.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


12) Add the paneer to the gravy. Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.


13) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

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Vegetable Jalfrezi


Tomato gravy based curry made with mix vegetables and spices.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:          North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              5-6


Ingredients:


1 medium sized Onion
3 medium sized Tomatoes
1 cup Cauliflower florets
0.5 cup Broccoli florets
2 small Carrots
10-12 Green Beans
8-10 Baby corn
1 Capsicum (or a mix of colored Capsicums/Peppers)
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
100gms Paneer or Tofu
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1.5 cups Water
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1 tsp Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Sugar or Jaggery (Optional but recommended)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
Salt to taste

Method:


Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer / tofu similarly.
Chop the onion finely.
Puree the tomato.
Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
Add the tomato puree and ketchup allow it to cook on low heat until the oil separates (approximately 8-10 mins)
Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 
Add water.
Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.
Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.
In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu and lightly fry it until it turns brown.
Add the paneer to the gravy.
Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.




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Red Chilli Marinated Tofu


Deep fried tofu is very tasty, but baked tofu is equally tasty as well albeit healthier. Plain baked tofu is good but baked marinated tofu is awesome. Since I had the red chilli chutney ready, I decided to marinate the tofu with it. I rolled up the marinated tofu in a chapatti along with lettuce and spinach to form a roll. You can just eat it like a salad. Go to recipe.

Red chilli marinated tofu


Marinated tofu

Baked marinated tofu

Tofu roll
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Red Chilli Marinated Tofu


tofu marinated in red chilli paste and bakedFirm Tofu marinated in a red chilli chutney and baked. This is then made into a roll using whole wheat flat bread and fresh salad leaves

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              2 rolls

Ingredients:

200 gms Firm Tofu
2 Tbsp Red Chilli chutney / Ranjaka(Recipe in this blog)
2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 tsp Sesame seeds
4 large Lettuce leaves
1 cup Spinach leaves
2 Chapati / Phulka
Salt

Method:

  • Marinate the tofu with the red chilli chutney overnight
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius
  • Cut the tofu into 1" cubes and bake for 15 minutes
  • Add the lime juice, salt and sesame seeds
  • Either eat it as a salad along with lettuce and spinach leaves or roll it into a chapatti to make a tofu roll.
  • To make a roll, spread the lettuce leaves and the spinach on the chapatti.
  • Add the baked tofu
  • Roll the chapatti and enjoy with ketchup
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Baked Tofu Lettuce Wrap

This dish is inspired from a similar dish I had long back. Although, personally I did not enjoy the original so much due to its extreme saltiness, I did enjoy the idea. Very much in need of a healthy snack for Sunday evening, this dish proved a winner. Hubby dearest kept hovering around in the kitchen guessing what was cooking. The end results satisfied him, I must say. You can either bake the tofu or deep fry it. Deep fry as usual definitely tastes better, I, however, prefer baking. You can either use store bought tofu or make your own (the recipe exists on this blog)…



Baked Tofu Lettuce Wrap


Ginger garlic baked tofu, served in lettuce cups

Ginger garlic baked tofu, served in lettuce cups
Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     40 minutes
Yield:              8-10 wraps

Ingredients:



100 gms Firm Tofu
1 Onion
1 Carrot
½ Capsicum
2 Tbsp Coriander(chopped)
3-4 cloves Garlic
½” piece Ginger
8-10 leaves Iceberg Lettuce
1 Tbsp Soy sauce
2 Tbsp Chilli sauce
1 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
½ tsp Sugar(Optional)
1 Tbsp Corn flour
½ cup Water
3 tsp Oil
Salt

Method:

  • Cut the tofu into bite sized cubes and toss them in 1 tsp of oil until evenly covered
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and bake the tofu for 15 mins turning them halfway
  • Heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry finely chopped onions, finely chopped garlic and crushed ginger until onions are done
  • Add finely chopped carrot and capsicum and fry for 2 mins
  • Add all the sauces and 2 tbsp of water and cook for 2 more mins or until the carrots are slightly soft
  • Mix the corn flour in 2 tbsp of water and add to the pan
  • Add salt and sugar (if needed). I added a little sugar since all the sauces made the gravy too sour.
  • Stir in the baked tofu and cook until all the gravy is like a paste. We do not want a very watery gravy.
  • Wash and dry the lettuce leaves
  • Spoon the tofu filling in the lettuce leaves and enjoy…
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