Tibetan Thukpa

Tibetan Thukpa

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

A traditional Tibetan vegetable soup that is best enjoyed during cold wintry days

Ingredients

  • Small bundle of spinach, finely shredded 1
  • Medium potato, cut into small pieces 1
  • Oil 2 tsps
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 4
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Spring onions, finely chopped 3 to 4
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Medium tomato, seeded and chopped 1
  • Kopan masala 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsps
  • Curry powder / Sambhar powder ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable stock 4 cups
  • Soy sauce 2 tbsps
  • Noodles, cooked 1 cup
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Kopan masala
  • Coriander seeds 4 tbsps
  • Cumin seeds 4 tbsps
  • Green cardamoms, peeled 20
  • Cloves 20
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) 2 one-inch sticks
  • Black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp

Methods

  • To make kopan masala, dry roast all the spices except nutmeg powder in a non-stick pan on low heat till lightly browned and fragrant. Cool, put into a mixer jar, add nutmeg powder and grind into a powder.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic, ginger, spring onions and potato and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add butter, tomato, kopan masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sambhar powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add vegetable stock, mix, cover and cook till the potato is soft.
  • Add soy sauce and noodles and mix gently. Add spinach and freshly ground peppercorns, mix, cover and cook for 10 minutes more.
  • Transfer into soup bowls and serve piping hot.
American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

Key Ingredients:

  • Apples

An all-time favourite – apple pie gives a lot of comfort

Serving Suggestion : Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Green apples / cooking apples, peeled, sliced and cored 6
  • Refined flour (maida) 1½ cups + 2-3 tbsps
  • Frozen butter cubes 1 cup
  • Sugar 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Soft butter ¼ tsp + as required
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • To make pastry dough mix 1½ cups refined flour, salt and 1 tsp sugar in a bowl. Add frozen butter cubes and rub it in with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 5 tbsps water and knead gently to make smooth dough. Wrap in moist muslin cloth and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take apples, 2-3 tbsps refined flour, 1 tsp sugar, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder in another bowl and mix gently so that the apple slices do not break. To prevent apple slices from turning black, pour lemon juice over them and mix gently.
  • Bring out the dough from refrigerator and divide into 2 equal parts. Knead both halves lightly.
  • Spread a plastic sheet on the worktop and place one portion of dough in the centre. Fold the plastic over and roll out the dough into a disc an inch bigger in diameter than the 9 inch pie mould or pie dish. Similarly roll out the second portion of the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
  • Remove the plastic gently and place 1 disc in the pie dish. Flatten it on the base and along the edges of the mould so that excess dough sticks out. Trim the extra dough and put the pie dish in the refrigerator to set.
  • Once firm, pierce it all over with a fork. Spread 1 tsp butter and then spread apple mixture evenly on the base. Sprinkle 2 tbsps of the sweet apple mixture water on top and dot with some butter.
  • Place the second disc over the filling, covering it completely. Trim edges. Make a few slits in top so that the steam can escape. You may use the leftover dough trimmed from the edges to make a design on the top.
  • Brush the top crust with butter before baking. Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
American Corn on the Cob

American Corn on the Cob

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

Key Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob

Any time snack – flavourful and piquant corn on the cob can be enjoyed especially during monsoon

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cobs, boiled 2
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Orange zest (narangi ka chilka), grated 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest (nimbu ka chilka), grated ¼ tsp
  • Lime zest, grated ¼ tsp

Methods

  • Take butter, cinnamon powder, salt, orange zest, lemon zest and lime zest in a bowl and mix well.
  • Roast corn directly on flame, rotating it so that they are evenly roasted all around.
  • Brush the butter mixture evenly all over and serve.
American Mixed Fruit Floats

American Mixed Fruit Floats

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

Key Ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Orange

A delightful dessert, it will be enjoyed by both children and adults

Ingredients

  • Coconut, grated 3 tbsps
  • Pineapple (annanas), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Melon (kharbooj), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Orange, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces 1
  • Orange juice 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream as required

Methods

  • Heat a non-stick pan, add coconut and toast on high heat for 5-6 minutes or till well browned.
  • Set aside a few pieces of pineapple, melon and orange.
  • Put remaining pineapple, melon, orange and orange juice in a mixer and blend.
  • Half fill serving glasses with this mixture. Top with scoops of ice-cream, reserved fruit pieces and roasted coconut and serve immediately.
Apple Coleslaw

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple

Crunchy and delicious this coleslaw makes a wonderful side dish or even sandwich filling

Health Tips:

Vegetarian mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • Medium red apples (seb), peeled, cored and cut into thin strips 2
  • Medium cabbage (pattagobhi), cut into thin strips 1
  • Carrot (gajar), cut into thin strips ½ cup
  • Medium onion, thinly sliced 1
  • Egg 1
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp
  • Mustard paste (rai ka paste) 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice ½ tbsp
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Vinegar (sirka) 1 tsp

Methods

  • To make mayonnaise, put egg, sugar, ½ tsp salt, pepper powder, mustard paste, lemon juice and 2 tbsps of oil in a mixer jar and blend. Pour remaining oil gradually while running the mixer (If you want a thinner consistency of mayonnaise add less oil). Once done, add vinegar and mix. Transfer into a bowl.
  • Take apple strips, cabbage, carrot and onion in a salad bowl and mix well. Add mayonnaise and salt and mix well. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve.
  • This can be used as a filling for sandwiches as well.
Apple Yogurt Slush

Apple Yogurt Slush

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Soup

Type: Tibetan

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Hung yogurt

Apples and hung yogurt blended together to make a delicious slush

Health Tips:

Low fat yogurt

Ingredients

  • Apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes 2 cups
  • Hung yogurt (chakka) 1 cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Nutmeg, grated 1 tsp
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder ½ tsp
  • Ice cubes 10

Methods

  • Pour lemon juice over apples to prevent them from turning black. Put apples, hung yogurt, nutmeg powder, sugar, cinnamon powder and ice cubes in a mixer jar and blend till smooth.
  • Pour into serving glasses and serve chilled.