Indian Food Made Simple:Cooking with Kissan

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You all know I don’t shy away from tackling even the hardest recipe, preferring to conquer the proverbial “you can’t possibly made that from scratch??” attitude. I’ve done my own tortillas, breads, bagels, sauces, and multi stepped gourmet feasts, while exploring all the flavours of the world.  That’s what food writers do though. We stretch our boundaries. However that doesn’t mean we don’t like to have some of the harder stuff done for us allowing us to spend more time eating and less time cooking.

That’s where a company like Kissan International comes in.  Indian food is by far one of my top three favorite cuisines to dine on and experiment with. For over 30 years they have been the leading wholesaler of Indian products throughout Canada.  They made cooking easy for both the experienced and novice chef.  Pre packaged sauces and spice blends allow you to have an authentic butter chicken or tikka marsala on the table in half the time without compromising taste.

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One of my favorite products they offer is Ghee, or clarified butter.  To have it readily available to toast my rice in before cooking or to brush on my homemade naan is invaluable.

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I have also made my own curry paste before and while the flavour is outstanding it does take some time and patience and special equipment to make yourself.  Kissan offers up 5 different pastes to expand your cooking repertoire. If you don’t know where to even getting started when cooking with any of their products just visit their website for great tips and recipes.

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And let’s not forget their oils as well.  While perfect for cooking Kissan coconut and almond oil are also perfect for your beauty regimen. Healthy skin and shiny hair, can’t go wrong there.

Don’t be afraid to try something new in the kitchen.  Available in the International aisle of most major grocery stores, Kissan can help you explore Indian food with greater ease and confidence without sacrificing flavour.  And if you want to start simple try this recipe for Coconut Red Curry with Paneer. Easy, quick and will make your tastebuds sing.

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Coconut Red Curry with Paneer

You can find paneer in your dairy aisle where they sell cottage cheese.

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced, white parts onlys
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package paneer, cubed
  • 1-4 tbsp Kissan Red Curry Paste (depending how spicy you want it will determine how much paste you use)
  • 2 cups water or stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk


  1. In a large pot over high medium heat the oil.
  2. Add the leeks, peppers and garlic and saute until soft.
  3. Stir in the paneer.
  4. Add the curry paste and stir to coat.
  5. Add the water/broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice and naan.

*I received products to try from Kissan free of charge.  As always all opinions are my own.

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