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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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Kathi Roll Express

With Mexican Street food being the hot scene in Toronto for the last couple of years it is always nice to find something a bit different. The Kathi Roll Express does just that. Their signature dish, the Kathi Roll can be found all through the streets of India being sold out of food stalls, street vendors and food trucks. Similar to a burrito, Indian flat bread (parantha) is stuffed with BBQ meats, egg, vegetables and cheeses, and rolled perfectly into a handheld sandwich.

With two locations, one downtown and the other uptown in the Lawrence and Avenue area, this tiny little restaurant is for anyone wanted something a little different in their fast food and take-out.

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Appetizers such as Chat Papri, Pani Puri, Goat and Peppered Chicken Tikka pack huge punches in both novelty and flavour. Perfectly tender pieces of goat and chicken are boldly spiced while the India version of nacho;s the Chat Puri combine sweet and spicy elements layered on crispy fried bread.  A watery, flavored broth accompanies the Pani Puri that is poured into each delicate shell and consumed in one flavored burst.

The Kathi Roll Express

Clockwise Left-Right: Goat and Peppered Chicken Tikka, Pani Puri, Chat Papri

The restaurant also offers their take on a Indian hot dog with their Lamb Seekh, tender lamb rolled into a buttery hot dog bun.

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The variety of Kathi Rolls both for carnivores and vegetarians is extensive.  The Shami Kebab is incredibly spicy, while the Paneer Shaslik was a wonderful mixture of creamy cheese and fiery peppers.  The butter chicken version leaned more towards a tomato-y based sauce while I prefer a much more velvety butter I can see it being popular among beginners to the Indian Food Scene.

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Of the two franchise only the Avenue Road restaurant offers Curry dishes though they are moving to making both menu universal.  Each curry has its own very distinct flavour combination which makes picking a favorite a bit difficult.  Served with hot, fluffy naan bread I suggest that you order several and share with your friends.

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Clockwise from Top: Dal Makhani, Lamb Rogan Josh, Paneer Lababdar

Desserts range from barfi, milk cake and carrot halwa all mildly sweet and creamy. And for those wanting the full street food beverages experience beverages such as the Indian version of sprite and coke are also available.

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With large serving sizes and reasonable prices The Kathi Roll Express is a perfect fast food alternative to the doldrums of tacos and burgers.  With emphasis on flavor and experience you are almost guaranteed to discover something new each time you visit.

The Kathi Roll Express

1753 Avenue Road
North York, Ontario
647-350-TKRE (8573)
 
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692 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
647-748-TKRE (8573)
 
*I was invited to try The Kathi Rolls Express’s new menu free of charge.  All opinions, however are completely my own.