I realize that my blog has been rather meat-centric lately. Although I’ve had some vegetarian posts here and there, it has been awhile since I’ve shared any vegan dishes.
I’m certain come January when I’ve had my fill of Christmas-y cheese puffs, sausage rolls and pâté that I will concentrate on super healthy, veggie-filled recipes again. That’s the plan.
So, this one is for you in mind, vegans. And for me, a little head start on 2014.
To continue on with my Indian kick, I present you with…
Vegan “Butter Chicken” with Fried Tofu
- 1 fresh green chili (I used jalapeno)
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 heaping tablespoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk (full fat is best)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (for frying spices and tofu)
- dash liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves
- 1 package extra-firm tofu
- Salt (to taste)
- Cut tofu into thick slices and press between paper towels to remove moisture for about 20 minutes, while preparing the sauce. Top with something heavy, like a cookbook.
- Meanwhile, in a pan at medium-high heat melt coconut oil and add 1 tablespoon garam masala. When it begins to puff and bubble, add garlic, ginger, chopped green chili and tomato. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add remaining spices and cook another few minutes until well mixed and fragrant.
- Stir in tomato paste, and then tomato puree. Bring to boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Add coconut milk, sugar and liquid smoke.
- Using a hand blender, blend sauce so that it is creamy and smooth, and all the spices are incorporated. Simmer until liquid has reduced about 1/4 (25 minutes or so). Add fenugreek leaves.
- Meanwhile, in separate pan, fry tofu slices in hot oil with salt until browned and a bit crispy.
- Remove from oil and chop into smaller bite sized pieces. Add to sauce.
- Serve curry with basmati or naan, top with fresh cilantro or more dried fenugreek leaves.
As for you meat eaters, fear not. This recipe is a real spicy, rich, hearty winner!
The sauce makes a great base, that would be good with almost anything; chicken (duh), chickpeas, tempeh or even pineapple. This recipe is pretty quick and easy as far as curries go. It smells amazing while it’s cooking and makes a pretty decent yield.
On a side note, in terms of views, November has high and above exceeded October (my previous best) on Food, Mostly. It is super exciting to see the blog growing, slowly and steadily. I really appreciate all the sharing and comments from you guys. I love the engagement (that’s the whole point!), so if you like what you read, I encourage you to keep writing and sharing. It makes my day!
A sincerest, “Thank You”