Chicken dinner is always a winner here, but butter chicken flavored tofu, no matter how healthy, is a first for us as well. If you’re looking for the perfect comfort food to take the blues out of your workday, try this wholesome and appetizing dinner dish made with turmeric and maple tofu cubes cooked in butter chicken style.
Made from condensed soy milk and then pressed into blocks from the resulting curd, in a process similar to cheese making, tofu is a silky smooth food that can be whipped in different ways to please your taste buds. . Check out the recipe for Maple Turmeric Tofu Baked Like Butter Chicken below because what is life if not for some weird cooking experiences while in lockdown?
Firm tofu 600g, patted dry and cut into cubes
Ground turmeric 1 T
Onion powder 1 T
Maple syrup 1 T
One finely chopped brown onion
Grated ginger 1 T
3 cinnamon sticks
8 green cardamom pods
1/2 T hot flakes
Dried fenugreek 3 t
1/3 C tomato paste
Coconut sugar 4 T
Coconut milk or cream (or a mixture of both) 700 ml
Baby spinach 2 large handfuls
Coconut yogurt for serving (optional)
Heat a small knob of butter df in a large skillet. Combine the tofu with the onion powder and turmeric, then add to the pan. Cook for a few minutes, then add the maple syrup and a good pinch of salt and cook for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, heat another small knob of butter df. Add the onions, ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cardamom pods (preferably put in a small tea bag to be able to remove them later) and the chili flakes. Cook over medium heat for 2 min. Add the tomato paste and cook another 5, stirring often. Add the coconut milk / cream and sugar and simmer for a few minutes, then add the fenugreek. Stir in the spinach.
Serve with rice, garnished with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime and a teaspoon of coconut yogurt (optional). Also naan if you like. For 3.
(Recipe: Instagram / spatulisaa)
Containing all nine essential amino acids and a good source of protein, tofu wins the health department over meat and cheese. It is low in calories, high in carbohydrates and a valuable plant source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese and phosphorus, in addition to containing magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.
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