Curry Tofu & Vegetables

This light, quick and easy one-pot features lots of tofu – which is quite often used in Jamaican cooking. Curried is also one of the common ways it's cooked – think juicy flavours, crunch and taste…
Serves
4
Total Time
45 Minutes
Ingredients
5 tbsp olive oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ white onion, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
¼ white cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, cut into julienne
½ green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into julienne
½ red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into julienne
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 x 400ml can coconut milk or coconut cream
125ml water
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp Caribbean curry powder
For the tofu
1 x 200g block of extra-firm tofu
1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
1 tbsp Caribbean curry powder
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
Method
Step 1
First, prepare your tofu. After draining off any water
in the packet, place a plate on top of the block of tofu
and press down on it for 30 seconds, then blot with
kitchen paper to remove as much water as you can.
Cut into chunky cubes, about 2–3cm, place in a bowl
and add the all-purpose seasoning, curry powder,
ginger and olive oil. Cover and set aside to marinate.
Step 2
Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan
or wok over a medium heat. Add the onions, spring
onions, cabbage, carrot and bell peppers and cook
down for 5–7 minutes until softened, then add the
garlic and ginger and stir well. Remove everything
from the pan and set aside.
Step 3
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan
and heat. Add the marinated tofu and fry for a few
minutes on each side until golden brown. Add the
coconut milk and water and stir well. In a small bowl,
mix together the cornflour and curry powder, add
a likkle water to make a smooth paste, then add to
the pan. Mix together and simmer for 5–7 minutes,
to thicken. Stir the veggies back in and simmer for
5 minutes to heat through.

Extract taken from Natural Flava: Quick and Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes by Craig and Shaun McAnuff (Bloomsbury, £22) Photography © Matt Russell

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