Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Curried Scrambled Tofu with Wilted Greens

If you're vegetarian, vegan or just have a love for tofu, I'm sure you've tried scrambled tofu. While I love tofu, I've never found a tofu scramble that I really loved, until this one. The recipe calls for arugula, but I used some random bitter leafy green that came in our CSA. I think it was some kind of lettuce. Cooked lettuce used to be so bizarre to me, but I discovered a love for it when I tried it in hot pot. And again when I had it in this tofu scramble.

Masala Baked Tofu

For those of you that read my blog regularly, I'm sure you can tell that I've been cooking a lot from Appetite for Reduction. So many of the recipes really appeal to me, and I've enjoyed most that I've tried. But occasionally I try some I don't like so much, like this masala baked tofu and curried cabbage and peas. They weren't bad, they just weren't things I'd recommend or make again. So I just thought I'd stick in a mini review of them here for people who have the cookbook and are wondering what to try next. :)

Curried Cabbage & Peas

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If this sounds good, you might also like:
Orange Sesame Tofu with Coconut Lime Basmati Rice
Lemon Miso Tofu and Eggplant
Tofu and Broccolini in Peanut Sauce
Salt and Pepper Tofu

Curried Scrambled Tofu with Wilted Greens
Adapted from Appetite for Reduction

Serves 4 as a side, or 2 as a main

1 tsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 block extra firm tofu (about 14 oz)
1 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 tsp salt
Ground black pepper
2 cups chopped leafy greens (ex. arugula, lettuce, spinach)

Preheat a large pan over medium high heat. Saute the onion in the oil for about 4 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Crumble the tofu into bite size pieces and add to the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the tofu has browned on some of the sides. Use a little nonstick cooking spray if needed.

Add the curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and a few splashes of water if it's too dry. Mix in the greens. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the greens are wilted. Add the lemon juice and serve.


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Have you ever tried cooked lettuce (romaine works well) with Chinese fermented bean curd? It's kinda a love it or hate it flavor but if you liked fermented beancurd you'll love this. I've had good experience with the basic Vegan Buffet scramble but this looks even awesome-r (yea...totally a word!)

janet @ the taste space said...

Yeah, I've been meaning to try this recipe out, too. :) Sorry the other recipes didn't work out - but now you're saving me that problem. ;)

I made the tofu scramble from Terry's book I am testing and it was seriously yummy! Can't wait to try this one. :)

Joanne said...

I'm a tofu LOVER but have actually never had a tofu scramble (probably because I eat eggs). This flavor combo sounds awesome! Definitely something I need to try.

Johanna GGG said...

I would never have been so keen on tofu scrambles if I didn't hate the taste of egg - I always felt I was missing out because I could never have scrambled egg so I love eating scrambled tofu. I am wary of cooking lettuces too - despite a few great recipes that use them but this sounds a great idea.

Mel said...

I love this scramble too! My husband used to love curried eggs and requested a curried tofu scramble so I whipped this up with a few minor changes and we really enjoyed it. That's a shame you didn't like the other recipes, have seen other people rave about the Masala Tofu but haven't tried it myself.

Hannah said...

Few things hit the spot like a good plate of scrambled tofu... It just never gets old. I like your spicy variation, sounds like a nice way to change things up a bit!