Sunday, February 28, 2010
Lemony Tofu Stir Fry
I’m mostly someone who loves routine or rather even if I might not love it so much…my life is more or less predictable on most days….infact both me n’ my husband are like that….i wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that we are both Capricorns…either ways…we are alike in a lot of ways….ok I won’t tell you all the details….i might just shock u with how often we prefer to eat the same food…:)...so anyways i decided to move out of the comfort zone today....n' decided to try this recipe...
I also know that my/our favorite cuisine is Indian, Pakistani, (a little bit of )Italian n’ Chinese ( I don’t know if I’m talking about the Indian version of Chinese food as I have never tried the authentic version I think….or so I’m told ;)…in any case I don’t think I have tried too many cuisines to say that I don’t like something…but I guess u might rarely (if ever) find anything which doesn’t fall under this category on my food blog….i kind of find baking a little intimidating so I don’t know when I will start trying that…
Anyways coming back to this recipe….i kind of stay away from buying fancy things n’ trying out fancy recipes which require fancy things (my definition of “fancy” being anything which isn’t easily available or sometimes not at all available in India...also I have noticed that once I buy some “fancy” ingredient for one recipe….i fail to use it again as most of my cooking might not need it….so I think it’s a waste of money) Which explain my limited knowledge on things with fancy names….. i was under the impression Tofu n’ Paneer (cottage cheese) are more or less the same thing….but they are not….if you wanna learn more about that…check this website…
So my veggie food adventure quest made me buy some tofu…..and the dish has come out so much better than I expected it to…..I honestly don’t know where you can buy Tofu in india so those who think tofu is “fancy” I’m sorry….this recipe is really simple n’ I had to give it a go…now I better get on with the recipe….so here you go…
1. Tofu: 350gms (cut into cubes)
2. Soy Sauce: 1 tsp ( I used light soy sauce)
3. Oyster Sauce: 1tsp
4. Lemon Juice- 1 ½ tsp
5. Onion- 1 (cut into cubes)
6. Ginger Garlic- 1 tsp (crushed)
7. Red Capsicum- 1 (cut into cubes)
8. Green Chili- 3 (Sliced- 1 cut into 3 pieces should do)
9. Mushrooms- 3-4 Sliced (optional)
10. Noodles- I don’t know how to mention how much I used as this is meant more to add some character to the dish than as a must…..but I must have used enough for some 4tbsp of cooked noodles…
11. Salt- to taste
12. Olive Oil- 2tsp (yeah I used only so much…but up to u if u want to add more do so…)
Step 1: Marinate the tofu cubes adding soy sauce, oyster sauce n’ lemon juice. Keep it aside for atleast 15mins.
Step 2: Heat Olive oil in a pan n’ add onion n’ ginger garlic paste n’ fry it till the onion turns light brown.
Step 3: Add the capsicum cubes n’ sliced green chilies to this. Stirring it occasionally let it cook well.
Step 4: Add the cooked noodles and mushroom to this. Mushrooms will ooze out water….keep the flame on medium to high so that the gravy reduces a little. You can add salt at this point, again keeping in mind that the sauces used for marinade will be salty.
Step 5: Add the marinated tofu cubes n’ the mixture to the above n’ stir fry it for a while to allow the tofu to soak up the flavors n’ turn slightly golden brown.
Best served with plain rice, fried rice or noodles, this recipe is enough to serve only 2 people so depending on the number of people you are making it for, please increase the measurements.