Having heard tofu described as 'bland', 'jellylike' and 'disgusting', I decided to set about finding a tofu recipe that was anything but. I found a recipe for Tofu with Chilli Relish and Cashews and made some changes. When made, this dish can complement rice or noodles and definitely can't be called 'tasteless'.
Chilli Relish 80ml of sesame oil
12 spring onions, chopped 8 garlic cloves, chopped 8 long red chillies, chopped 2 red capsicums chopped into small pieces 1 tablespoon of tamari sauce 1 tablespoon of soy sauce 1 tablespoon of hoi sin sauce
3 tablespoons of sesame oil
6 spring onions cut into 3cm lengths
750g of silken firm tofu cut into 6cm pieces
25g of fresh basil
100g of roasted salted cashews
What to do:
To make the chilli relish:
1). Heat 80ml of sesame oil in a frying pan.
2). Add the spring onions, garlic, hoi sin sauce, tamari sauce and soy sauce. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add the garlic and shallots.
3). Transfer to the food processor. Add the chilli and capsicum. Blend until smooth.
Add the capsicum and chilli and blend until smooth.
To cook the tofu:
4). Heat the sesame oil in the frying pan.
5). Add the spring onion and cook for 30 seconds.
6). Add the tofu, basil and cashews. Cook for a further 3 minutes over medium heat.
Cook tofu, spring onions cashews and basil.
To bring it all together:
7). Add the chilli relish and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chilli relish and cook for a further 2 minutes.