Wednesday, November 2, 2011

India Festival 2011 - Memphis, TN

You are invited!!

India Festival

November 5, 2011

From 10AM - 6PM

Come experience India without the hassles of traveling.

This year the theme is "Passage through India", where you will be able to travel through the country to experience a vast array of Indian cuisine, learn about India through fun and interactive activities, shop and be entertained by the members of the Indian-American community. 

India Fest will have fun and engaging activities for kids, young and old. There will be local and national vendors selling exotic jewelry, apparel and artifacts from India. 

The mid-south community also gets a chance to enjoy a sit-down dance and music show presented by the talented performers of the Memphis Indian-American community. 

And of course, just like every year, India Fest will feature traditional food from all over India.  Of course, this is the part we are excited about most...the FOOD!!!!

Meet Pavithra, author of Dishes From My Kitchen
she will be doing cooking demos & teaching us all about how easy it is to prepare classic Indian cuisine, in our homes 

Here is one of her dishes, we had the pleasure of trying a few weeks ago

Tofu Bhurji
perfect blend of Indian spices, makes this dish warm & comforting, something that the entire family will enjoy..we loved this dish & immediately went home & recreated it, swapping out the tofu for a classic southern staple...GRITS

1 tablespoon oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tomato, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
dash of turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
dash of cayenne (or more depending on desired heat level)
12 oz firm tofu, crumbled
salt to taste
Garnish with cilantro

 Heat oil in skillet, add cumin seeds, once they start crackling, add onion & saute til brown. Add tomato and season with salt (this draws out the water), continue to saute until water evaporates. Stir in all your spices. Add tofu crumples, season with salt to taste and continue cooking until all the moisture has evaporated (it will look like scrambled eggs, at this point). Turn off heat & garnish with cilantro.

NOTE: traditionally this is served with naan & you use the naan as your utensil to scoop up the ingredients. Here she used pita bread, lightly warmed with a little butter & then cut into triangles, YUM. 

Serves 4-5


So, mark your calendars for India Fest 2011 & come join us on November 5, 2011 for an experience you will never forget.  See ya there!!

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