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Tofu and Buckwheat/Soba Noodle Soup (Vegan)

Rainy day soup!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 40 fl oz V8 – spicy hot or regular
  • 1 package (14 oz/397 g) extra firm organic tofu – crumble into pieces
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro – finely cut
  • 1/3 cup broken buckwheat noodles
  • 1 tsp MTR Rasam powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice or 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

PREPARATION:

  • Bring V8, tofu, ginger juice and garlic salt to a boil in a 4 qt pot on medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to simmer; add buckwheat noodles and rasam powder for few minutes.
  • Just before serving add the sesame oil and cilantro.
  • Enjoy as is!

HEALTHY MINESTRONE SOUP

Enjoy the balance of mixed flavors in this wholesome and healthy vegetable soup.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup red lentils (no skin – masoor daal)

1 cup spinach pasta (any shape) – cook separately in boiling water with 1/8 tsp salt for about 10 min and drain.

Veggies – broad green beans, carrot, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, potato or taro (arbi), corn, green soy beans, garbanzo, kidney, white and brown fava beans. Use 5 types of veggies and  3 types of beans if all is not available.

5 cups veggies – cube (microwave covered in 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 min)

2 cups canned or frozen beans – garbanzo/ kidney/ white (if frozen – microwave with the veggies)

1 cup medium firm tofu – cube (optional)

1 can stewed tomatoes – blend coarsely

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 small can V-8

1 garlic clove – mince

1/4 tsp garlic salt

salt and black lemon pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

3/4 tsp Italian seasoning blend – can use fresh herbs – basil/oregano, etc

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp Sambar powder

PREPARATION:

Wash and cook lentils for 5 to 7 minutes in 1 1/2 cup of water on medium heat.

Add veggies, stewed tomatoes, paste, V-8, tofu, beans and both salts. Add water and simmer on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a small sauce pan saute garlic in oil until golden, turn off heat and add the rest of the seasoning/masala. Transfer it to the simmering soup. Cook for few min more.

Add pasta to each bowl when it’s time to serve. I cook the pasta with soup mixture only when we eat it immediately as it does become mushy and tends to break.

Serve hot! Top it with Tobasco or Parmesan or enjoy the soup as is to reduce the extra intake of calories.

Bottle Gourd (LOKI – Squash) with Tofu Sabji

Light in calories, a cooling vegetable with many health benefits. Loki, squash, is a vitamin rich vegetable that can lead to a healthy heart. For all us South Asians this recipe will cut the cholesterol out of your diet and increase your health.

This recipe is a tribute to The South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital, which has created awareness for the epidemic of heart disease in the South Asian community.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium Loki (skin scraped/ cubed) and microwave covered  in 1/4 cup water for 4 min
  • 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 large firm tofu cubed
  • Fresh blend: ginger, fresh turmeric, garlic, sweet peppers, green chili, 1/4 red onion (blend in food processor)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Seasoning/ Masala:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 3/4 tsp salt

PREPARATION:

  • Temper cumin in oil, reduce heat, add asafoetida, turmeric, chili, coriander, 2 tbsp fresh blend and tofu. Saute for about 4 min.
  • Add salt, tomatoes, loki and cook for about 10 min. on medium low heat. Garnish with cilantro.

Amma’s Spinach Tofu Soft Tacos

Being a vegetarian, taco options can be limited at most places.  Usually beans are just substituted for the taco filling.  However, some great alternatives can be made including these tofu filled tacos.  By adding savory Indian spices, we can add some complimentary flavors to these veggies tacos giving them great color  and a unique taste.

This dinner was made at home with the family helping so you’ll see that they chopped rather than shredded the cabbage, and measurements weren’t necessarily exact.  But it turned out great and I encourage you all to give a shot and explore your palette.

I said "Veggie Tacos, please" not substitute beans!

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