Saturday, September 15, 2012

Masala Dabba Indian Spice Tin Box

A Masala Dabba is a traditional Indian spice box set made up of one large outer tin with two lids and 7 inner spice pots filled with commonly used spices. Most Indian homes have at least 1 Masala Dabba, used to store the most commonly used spices such as green cardamom pods, garam masala, fenugreek, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, whole cloves, peppercorns, asafoetida, bay leaves, and ground chiles to name a few.

Buy your Masala Daba here on!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Vegan Asian Salad with Hoisin Sesame Balsamic Vinaigrette


1lb fresh rinsed spinach
1 head romaine lettuce chopped
1/4lb mung bean sprouts
1 carrot peeled shredded
1 cucumber sliced and diced
1 large tomato sliced into wedges or 10 cherry tomatoes
1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
2 nori sheets cut into flakes
chinese parsley or cilantro chopped
1 tsp ginger root minced
1 clove garlic crushed and minced fine


balsamic vinegar
hoisin sauce
sesame oil
extra virgin oil
black pepper


Cut veggies according to your preference. Combine in mixing bowl drizzle dressing either premix or straight drizzled from the bottle like me and toss.  No salt needed.  Hoisin is perfectly salty by itself.  Also add chili pepper flakes if you like it spicy.  Also can add slices of fresh oranges or canned mandarin too.

The tanginess of the balsamic with the sweetness of the hoisin along with the smoky sesame oil is a wonderful
combination I found out.   You'll love it too!

Yields about 2 big bowls for me or 4 servings!!  LOL

Enjoy kaukau time!!