This kadai paneer tofu bowl with garlicky spinach and a quinoa-cumin pilaf is fragrant, healthful, delicious, and it will make you glow inside out.
But first, I have a new best friend in the kitchen and I’m giving it away to you. For real.
All-Clad asked me to review their new NS1 Nonstick Induction Chef’s Pan and because I’ve used their stainless steel pans for years in my kitchen for almost all of my cooking (and I absolutely love them), I took them up on the challenge. They are also offering one of these to one of Holy Cow!’s readers and if you love to cook healthy food with a minimum of fat, trust me, you are going to want this absolutely amazing — and really good-looking — pan.
If you’ve visited me before, you probably know I don’t do much cooking in non-stick pans: my go-to pans are cast iron and stainless steel. But sometimes, like when I’m cooking food with acids like tomatoes or lemons in it, I pull out my non-stick wok, because acids tend to react with cast iron. Stainless steel does not lend itself very well to low-fat cooking because ingredients like ginger and garlic, which almost every Indian sauteed dish starts out with, tend to stick to the bottom.
I’ve tried out a number of recipes so far in this All-Clad pan, each one low-fat or fat-free, and they’ve all worked out beautifully. There are so many things I love about this pan, including:
- The size. The pan is huge– 12 inches in diameter and 4 1/2 inches high, which makes it the perfect size for sauteeing and stirring and creating fairly large recipes.
- The shape. It’s got a nicely curved bowl that is almost wok- or karahi-like and therefore perfect for sauteed or stir-fried dishes. Since I could use a wok to cook nearly anything — and I almost do — I loved this feature. It worked great for the Kadai Tofu that’s cooked in a Kadai or Indian wok.
- The safety. One of the reasons I stopped using non-stick pans for most of my cooking is because I found most didn’t live up to that non-stick promise and got scratched up pretty easily pretty soon, which made them pretty much unusable. But this All-Clad pan has a bonded, three-level non-stick coating that promises durability and I must say it stood up to the repeated cooking I put it through quite admirably.
- The lid. Oh, the lid. I never buy pans that are sold without lids because, honestly, they don’t make much sense to me. This pan has a beautiful, flat, stainless steel lid that’s rather heavy and fits snugly over the pan, making it wonderful for steamed dishes like the Quinoa-Cumin Pilaf. I also love the fact that the lid is flat because I can easily employ an old Indian housewife’s trick– pour some water over the lid of the pan and vegetables will steam beautifully with little or no water added to them. Since most lids are curved, it’s usually impossible to do this, but this one is just perfect.
- The look. It’s important, and this pan does not let you down in that aspect. The stainless steel handles are beautiful and so is (seriously) the hardy stainless steel base.
- The cleanup. Can’t emphasize this enough, but when you cook three dishes one after the other in the same pan, like I did for this post, fast cleanup is absolutely a must. The pan is also dishwasher-safe, though, which is a huge bonus, because I’d rather let the machine pick up the work whenever possible.
So go on, make this pan your own by entering the giveaway (it retails at $99.95 and is sold exclusively at Williams-Sonoma retailers). For a chance to win it (you do have to live in the United States to enter), all you have to do is share this post on social media (use the hashtag #AllCladNS1Cooking) and then leave me a comment below telling me what you’d do with this pan if it were yours. I will close out the giveaway on Nov. 14 and pick a winner at random, so don’t forget to come back and check if you won.
Bye for now, but first, here’s the recipe for this scrumptious Kadai Paneer Tofu Bowl with Garlicky Sauteed Spinach and Quinoa-Cumin Pilaf.
KADAI TOFU BOWL
- For Kadai Tofu:
- 1 14- oz package of firm tofu. Drain out all water and pat dry. Cut into six tiles place in a baking pan sprayed with oil, and spray on some more oil on top. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 30 minutes or until really chewy. You want very chewy tofu for great texture in this recipe. Once the tofu has cooled, cut into a small dice.
- 1 slices medium red onion cut into very thin
- 2 tomatoes diced small
- 1 large green bell pepper cut into a small dice
- 6 button or crimini mushrooms sliced
- 1- inch knob of ginger peeled and julienned
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cashews soaked for an hour and blended into a paste with 1/2 cup of water.
- 2 tbsp chopped mint
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- Dry roast ingredients for Kadai Masala:
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 3 pods of green cardamom
- 1- inch stick of cinnamon broken into small pieces
- 2 tbsp kasoori methi
- 3 dry red chilies
- For Sauteed Garlicky Spinach:
- 7-8 cups of baby spinach
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- Salt to tase
- For Quinoa-Cumin Pilaf:
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed under running water
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- Salt to taste
- <b>Make the Kadai Masala:</b>
- In a pan, roast all of the dry-roast ingredients until fragrant and the coriander is a couple of shades deeper. Set aside to cool for a few minutes, then grind into a fine powder in a coffee or spice grinder.
- Make the Kadai Tofu:
- Heat the oil in a large pan, like the All-Clad. Add the onions, saute a couple of minutes until it starts to soften, then add the tomatoes, paprika, and turmeric. Cover with a lid and cook until the tomatoes are completely broken down. Stir occasionally during cooking.
- Add the green peppers and mushrooms, stir, and continue to cook, covered for another five minutes.
- Add the tofu and the karahi masala, a tablespoon at a time. Add enough masala to your taste, and store the remaining in an airtight jar for another use.
- Add 1/2 cup of water, cover the pan, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cashew paste and salt to taste.
- Sprinkle the coriander and mint leaves, stir, and turn off the heat.
- Make the Cumin-Quinoa Pilaf:
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the cumin seeds and roast them for a minute.
- Add he drained quinoa and cook, stirring, until the grains start to look dry and opaque, around 2-3 minutes.
- Add 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Let the quinoa come to a boil, then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. After turning off the heat, let the quinoa sand for at least 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving.
- Make the Garlicky Sauteed Spinach:
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the sesame seeds and stir for a minute.
- Add the garlic and stir-fry until the garlic is slightly golden.
- Add the spinach and mix well. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach is completely wilted.
- Add salt to taste.
- Assemble your bowl by layering the Quinoa-Cumin Pilaf first, then the Karahi Tofu, and finally the Sauteed Spinach.