Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hot and Sweet Basil Tofu | Vegan Recipes

Tofu is a great source of protein for Vegans and I make at least one tofu dish a month. Tofu sure is bland but that is its great quality. It absorbs any flavor so beautifully and is very appetizing in that way. Asian inspired curries with tofu is easy to make and gets ready in a jiffy. When served over rice, it makes a complete meal with the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Do not forget to use lots of colorful vegetables in this dish to make it a feast for the eyes and taste.
Also check out my other curries with tofu - Szechwan style Tofu, Thai Green Curry and Thai Red Curry.
Serves - 2
Tofu - 14 oz block, pressed and cut into cubes
Red bell pepper - 1 large, sliced thin
Green beans - 10, ends removed cut into 1" pieces
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Ginger & garlic - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Thai Basil leaves - 1/2 cup, tightly packed, roughly chopped
For the Sauce:
Vegetable stock - 1 cup
Soy sauce - 1/4 cup
Chilli sauce - 1 tbsp (Sriracha)
Brown sugar - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 1/2 tbsp
Corn starch - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Pepper - a pinch
Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and set aside. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and fry the tofu pieces until all sides of the tofu are brown. Remove and set aside. Heat the remaining oil and fry the green beans for a minute or two. Now throw in the red bell peppers and fry for a minute. Throw in the chopped ginger and garlic and the basil leaves. Saute for a minute and then add the sauce. Let it thicken for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix in the fried tofu. Serve hot over steamed rice.
Linking this to Priya's Vegan Thursdays.


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