Tofu Pt. 1: Curry

I love curry, and it amazes me more Kosher keepers do not enjoy this delicious delight! Inherently kosher AND vegan, there is little this filling dish can’t do to spice up your meals… Literally! Let’s look at a basic curry recipe, and we can see how to adjust it as we go!

Thai Curry

3 small onions
4 pieces of garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
4 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoons red curry paste*
3 teaspoons coconut paste (santen)
1 standard package tofu, firm
Favorite vegetables (Optional)

* Use sparingly. A little of this goes a LONG way! If you can’t handle spice, LEAVE IT OUT!!! If you like spice, add more sparingly.

Directions
Heat up a little vegetable oil in your wox (Or a deep cast iron skillet), and throw in the roughly chopped onion.

Stir ’till it gets a little brownish, then add the minced garlic.

Stir a little, then add vegetables. (I use half a bag of stir fry vegetables, myself. They can be bought in most grocery’s frozen section, and include a nice mix of asian veggies.)

Stirfry untill the vegetables are slightly cooked.

Add tofu in small cubes and stir fry untill they’re a little brown.

Heat the coconut milk and mix with the broth and the curry paste.

Stir and wait untill everything is thoroughly mixed.

Wait until the coconut milk mixture boils and add to the vegetables and onions.

Add coconut paste to thicken the curry.

Leave on fire for a while and mix regularly. Until you feel it’s finished (No more than a few minutes), and serve over rice.

Now, I know… I can hear you claiming you can’t prepare tofu! It’s allways soggy! Well, the OTHER reason for this article is to explain how to PREPARE your tofu for cooking! Let’s start with the standard tofu block. It’ll come in a plastic tub covered in thin plastic and soaking in water. Draining the water out, we take four paper towels and fold them in half. Now, set the block on the towels and folds the remaining towels over.

At this point, the tofu should be wrapped in paper towels. VERY gently now, press down on the tofu. You don’t want to smash the tofu at all, instead we’re draining out ALL the water (Or as much as possible). If the napkins get soggy, switch them out for fresh ones. We just want to get out as MUCH tofu as possible before cooking, thus making it cook all the easier. Once the napkins remain mostly dry, unwrap and chop into cubes for cooking.

Using these ideas, we’ll look into stir fry itself in the next article, as well as other ways tofu can be used in your family’s meals. Until then, Shalom and good eating!

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February 6, 2006. main courses, recipes.

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous replied:

    Do you have a good challah recipie??!!

  2. Diana replied:

    What brand of red curry paste do you use?

  3. Renegade Kosher replied:

    I use ImoFood‘s Red Curry paste, as they are a good company to get Asian Kosher products from. ^^

  4. Shira replied:

    I have a new au pair who just joined my family from Thailand, and I want to buy a kosher supply of staple Thai ingredients. I visited the ImoFood website and they seem to have most of the basics. I didn’t see fish sauce, however, which is an essential ingredient of Thai cooking. Do you know where this can be obtained? Also, the ImoFood’s website had no prices on it and no explanation — do you know how they work the pricing? Thanks!

  5. Steven replied:

    I found you a Kosher recipe for it!

    Kosher Fish Sauce

    6 anchovy fillets (well rinsed and drained) 1 clove crushed garlic
    1 tablespoon soy sauce

    Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. You and double or triple this recipe. It will keep, covered tightly for up to a week.

  6. Margarita replied:

    I looked for the ImoFoods website but only came up with a mackrel processing plant in Nova Scotia. Where should I look for kosher red curry paste and coconut milk?

  7. IMO replied:

    Imo Eastern Trading Company is the leading importer exporter company in Israel which specialized in importing and distributing KOSHER Asian style foodstuff and kitchenware to the Israeli market
    Imo Food Ltd provides products from spices, sauces, noodles, oils, rice and ginger to steamers, chopsticks, sushi gift sets, etc

  8. IMO replied:

    Imo Eastern Trading Company is the leading importer exporter company in Israel which specialized in importing and distributing KOSHER Asian style foodstuff and kitchenware to the Israeli market
    Imo Food Ltd provides products from spices, sauces, noodles, oils, rice and ginger to steamers, chopsticks, sushi gift sets, etc
    http://www.imofood.com

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