Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coconut Curried Tofu with Green Jasmine Rice

This recipe comes from Epicurious. We have a family of 50% cilantro lovers and 50% cilantro haters, and as I fall into the hate category, I took a major liberty with this recipe and used basil instead of cilantro. Thai basil would be even better, but it was really good. If I make this again, I'll also use diced tomatoes rather than grape tomatoes. The flavor was good, but biting into hot little tomatoes was a little weird.


1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*

1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup jasmine or basmati rice

1 cup (packed) coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (again, I used basil)
3/4 cup unsweetened light coconut milk**
4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
16 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup whole small cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped peanuts


Stir shredded coconut in small nonstick skillet over medium heat until light golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl.

Bring 1 3/4 cups water and salt to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Stir in rice; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, puree cilantro, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 teaspoon ginger, lime juice, and half of garlic in blender. Mix puree and coconut into rice. Set aside.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add tofu; stir-fry until golden, about 6 minutes. Add onions, curry, cumin, red pepper, remaining ginger, and remaining garlic. Stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and remaining coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide rice among 4 plates. Top with tofu mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts.

*Available at specialty foods stores and natural foods stores.
**Available at Asian markets and in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets.

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