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Happy 74th Independence Day | TriColor Salad | Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing, Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing and Baked Broccoli With Spicy Cucumber

15th August is celebrated as a national holiday in India to remember this date and to pay homage to those who fought for India’s freedom in the past. Great leaders and freedom fighters like Mohandas Karamchand GandhiRani of Jhansi – Rani Lakshmi BaiSubhash Chandra BoseSukhdevBhagat SinghRajguruChandra Shekhar Azad are few of the many to whom India owes its freedom. And it’s never too late to remember all these heroes, who had sacrificed their lives for India.

Happy Independence Day

The President of India delivers the ‘”Address to the Nation” on the eve of Independence Day. India’s Prime Minister unfurls India’s flag and delivers a speech at the Red Fort in Old Delhi. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs are held in the state capitals and often involve many schools and organizations. In the cities around the country, the National flag is hoisted by politicians in their respective constituencies. In various private organizations, the flag hoisting is carried out by a senior official of that organization.

Red Fort

Growing up in India, we woke up early morning to attend the flag hoisting ceremonies and parades at our school every year. Some years our school participated in a huge parade where all schools came together to celebrate and sing patriotic songs. India’s flag and its tricolors were all around us.

Happy 74th Independence Day

When the whole Nation is filled with the celebration mood, why not give a patriotic flavor to the food. Celebrate this day with the spirit of nationalism in hearts, digging into the delightful food. So today I surprised my family with Tricolor salad – Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing, Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing, and Baked Broccoli with Spicy Cucumber

TriColor Salad

Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing

Rather than thin slices or half-moons, the spiralizer transforms carrots into curly noodles. For making carrot noodles I used a julienne peeler. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a compound your body changes into vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes healthy. And beta-carotene helps protect your eyes from the sun and lowers your chances of cataracts and other eye problems.  

For making carrot noodles I used a julienne peeler

Homemade salad dressings are my favorite. They are so much better than the store-bought versions and healthier. You get to control what goes into them and skip out on all the preservatives. Oranges (My Favorite Fruit) make a great base for any salad dressings because they are naturally sweet, a little acidic.

Fresh Orange Juice

Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also a valuable plant source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese. In addition to this, it also contains magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamin B1. Most recipes (roasting, frying, stir-frying, or deep-frying) require the tofu to be drained well and patted dry before cooking. Why does Tofu need to Be Pressed? Because moist tofu doesn’t absorb marinades or spices and splatters in the pan. Pressing improves the texture of tofu as well.

Crispy Sesame Tofu

How to press Tofu? First, wrap a block of tofu in a kitchen paper towels (Fold a kitchen paper towels into quarters to increase the absorbency). Then again wrap tofu with a clean kitchen towel. Place wrapped tofu on a chopping board. The essence of pressing tofu is to apply steady weight to squeeze out the moisture from the block. I put a chakla (flat circular rolling board) or you can put a big pot filled with water.

Pressing Tofu

Baked Broccoli With Spicy Cucumber

Broccoli is a good source of fiber, protein, iron, potassiumcalcium, selenium, and magnesium as well as vitamins A, C, E, K, and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable, and this roasted broccoli is my favorite way to enjoy it. It results in the best-tasting broccoli with a perfect texture that is crispy, tender, perfectly seasoned with garlic, and Indian spices. 

Baked Broccoli

TriColor Salad | Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing , Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing | Baked Broccoli with Spicy Cucumber

This salad may require a little extra effort but it’s so worth it. Spiralized carrot ‘noodles’ replace traditional pasta and soaked in spicy orange dressing. The ‘noodles’ along with other healthy veggies – Crispy baked sesame tofu and baked broccoli with garlic.

TriColor Salad

Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing

Ingredients:

Carrot noodles – 4
A pinch of salt

Spicy orange dressing :
Fresh orange juice – 1/2 cup (from 2 oranges)
Juice of half lemon
Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tsp

Spices for dressing :
Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili flakes – 1/2 tsp
Roasted fennel powder – 1/8 tsp
Black salt – 1/8 tsp
Dry coriander leaves powder – 1/4
Salt to taste

Carrot Noodles With Orange Juice Dressing

Method :

  1. For the spicy orange dressing – Place fresh orange and extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice with spices in an airtight container and shake well, or whisk ingredients in a bowl.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl add carrots noodles with a pinch of salt and sprinkle some water. Microwave high for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes let it cool completely.
  4. Once carrots noodles cool down completely mix with spicy orange dressing.
Yummy Salad

Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:

Pressed Tofu (Cubed) – 200 gms
Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
Olive oil – 3 tbsp

Marination Ingredients :
Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Grated garlic – 3 tbsp
Black salt – 1/8 tsp
Olive oil – 3 tbsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

Serve with Greek Yogurt Dressing : Greek yogurt ( 1 cup)combined with lemon juice (2 tbsp), garlic powder (1/4 tsp), and salt to taste. Mix it well and serve.

Crispy Sesame Tofu with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Method:

  1. In a small bowl combine the olive oil and all marination ingredients. Pour this mixture over tofu cubes. Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  2. Take marinated tofu cubes and coat them with sesame seeds.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, at 200 C. Tossing the tofu halfway, until the tofu is deeply golden on the edges.
  4. Toss baked tofu with greek yogurt dressing and serve.
Creamy Yogurt Salad

Baked Broccoli With Spicy Cucumber

Ingredients:

Broccoli cut into florets of even size – 2 big size
Cucumber cut into lengthwise – 2 medium size

Marination Ingredients for broccoli
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Grated garlic – 3 tbsp
Olive oil – 3 tbsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

Spices for Cucumber Salad
Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Black salt – 1/8 tsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

Baked Broccoli With Spicy Cucumber

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
  2. In a large bowl toss the broccoli florets with marination (ingredients mentioned above) until lightly coated.
  3. Arrange the broccoli florets in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast at 200 C for 20 minutes until cooked through (check by poking with a fork, should be fork tender) and lightly browned.
  5. In a big bowl add cucumber with spices (ingredients mentioned above) and mix them well.
  6. Serve baked broccoli with spicy cucumber salad.
Green Salad

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