We will make a curry today. But it is going to be a special curry. A Tofu Curry. That means that today we will cook vegetarian.
Tofu is made of soy beans. There are different kinds of tofu. I prefer the hard to the soft tofu. You can use the one you like. And if you have not tried it yet, this is a good moment to do it. Let’s make our Tofu Curry.
½ small chopped onion
1 small chopped carrot
½ cup chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Some bamboo shoots
½ cup chopped squash
½ cup chopped mushrooms
½ cup chopped eggplant
1 14 oz. packet firm tofu
1 tablespoon tamarind from a compressed block
1 teaspoon star aniseed teaspoon
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Some salt to taste
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
4 green cardamom pods (without the pods)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground chilli powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup coconut milk
To make our Tofu Curry we will start preparing the vegetables. We will cut and chop the vegetables. We will also cut the tofu in cubes. The next thing is to prepare the spice mix. We will do that in a mortar. We will put in the mortar the star aniseed, the black pepper, the cinnamon, the cloves, the cumin seeds, the coriander seeds, the cardamoms, the turmeric and the chilli powder. We will work on them to get a mix of spices. Do not powder them too much, though.
Now we will prepare the tamarind. To do this we will put the piece of tamarind in a container. Then we will add some warm water. We will let the tamarind soak for some minutes. We can use our fingers to press the tamarind and release the juice of the tamarind. Then we can use a sieve to get the juice we need.
Once we have everything ready, we will start cooking our curry. First we will heat the oil in a wok. Then we will sauté the onion, the carrot and the green pepper. When these are a bit done, we will add the rest of the vegetables. We will keep on cooking for a couple of minutes. Then we will add the mix of spices. We will stir well. We will add some salt to taste. Then we will add the tamarind and the tofu. We will cook for a minute. Now we will add the coconut milk. We will turn the fire low and cook for five more minutes.
And the curry is ready. You can serve it with some basmati rice. Enjoy your Tofu Curry.