Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tofu Peas Curry

Tofu – also known as Soya Bean Curd - has been called the perfect food. It is high in protein, low in saturated fats and a good source of calcium as well as vitamin E. It is also cholesterol free. Let’s find out more about ‘the cheese of Asia.’
Tofu is made by grinding cooked soya beans until a milk is produced. The milk is then solidified with a mineral coagulant calcium sulphate. The resulting tofu is naturally bland. It is, therefore an ideal additive to both sweet and savoury dishes. There are two basic types of tofu. Silken tofu is soft and can be utilised as an ideal additive for dressings, sauces and in dairy free versions of ice cream or cheese cake. Firm tofu, on the other hand, comes in a more solid form. It can be stir-fried, grilled, scrambled, pickled, smoked, baked or barbecued.

Tofu: 200 gms
Peas : 1/2 cup fresh and shelled
Onion: 1 big chopped
Tomato: 2 medium chopped
Ginger: 1/2 inch chopped
Red Chilli Powder: 3/4 tsp - 1 tsp as per taste
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
Oil: 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Fresh coriander: for garnish

Take oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add chopped onion, ginger and saute till light brown. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and garam masala and cook till it forms a masala and the oil leaves the sides of the pan. Add peas, little water and cover and cook till peas are soft. Add crumbled tofu and mix well. Remove from heat, garnish and serve hot with rotis.