We are almost close to leaving this beautiful city and looking forward to new adventures. I have been trying to use up all the pantry stuff and some days we end up eating out. With depleting pantry ingredients, it has been getting little trickier to get creative with food. Meals have been getting kind of monotonous and we are yearning to be back home. I created this recipe a week ago and this week I already prepared it twice again. It is that good.
One of the best tofu recipes prepared by me in my kitchen ever! I am not lying when I say this is one of the best and simplest meals I had in looong time. I read this recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi’s book “Plenty” when I first bought it and after that I went through it 3-4 times but always left it labeling it as a super simple and silly recipe in my mind. But wrong I was.
Sometimes simple recipes taste the BEST. My initial plan with tofu was to prepare lemongrass tofu rice but at the last moment I realised that lemon grass had dried and I wasn’t sure if it will serve the purpose I needed it for. Now I wanted to eat tofu but the recipe I wanted to make was gone out of the window. Suddenly I remembered Yotam’s tofu recipe which I had bookmarked way back. Super quick and straight forward is what recipe promises to be and it sure delivers.
Perfect weeknight dinner recipe which comes together in under 30 minutes. In under 30 minutes, you are ready with hot & spicy black pepper tofu with steaming pot of rice. Best tasting and filling dinner ever. Enjoy it with chilled beer and you have an amazing quick fix dinner ready and that too from scratch. It does sounds great,right?!
- ½ pounds firm tofu, chopped
- 2 Tbsp oil, olive oil or any cooking oil
- Cornstarch for coating tofu
- 1 medium size red onion, cut in thin slices
- 3-4 bird's eye red chilies, cut in thin slices (adjust as per taste)
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 4-5 Tbsp soy sauce, low sodium preferred (adjust as per taste)
- ½ - 1 Tbsp sugar (adjust as per taste)
- 1 tbsp freshly crushed black pepper
- Parsley for garnishing
- ⅓ cup white rice
- Pat tofu dry with a paper towel. Cut in bite size pieces. In a plate place some cornstarch and lightly coat tofu in cornstarch and dust the excess. Keep it aside.
- In a pan, heat 1 Tbsp oil. Once hot, layer cornstarch coated tofu pieces and let them get crispy on med to med-high heat. Flip after 7-10 minutes and repeat on all sides. Keep the cooked tofu on a plate lined with paper towel. Keep it aside.
- While tofu in cooking, take another pan and add rice. Clean rice with water. To it add 2 cups water and cook. Keep an eye, add more water if still hard. Once cooked, cover and keep aside.
- While the tofu and rice are getting ready, chop the vegetables. Once tofu is cooked, use the same pan for making the sauce. Clean the pan using a paper towel and to it add remaining 1 tbsp oil. Once hot, add onion,chilies,garlic and ginger and cook it on low for 10-12 mins until soft and shiny. To it add soy sauce, sugar and black pepper. Add the cooked tofu and let it get warm. Taste and adjust if needed.
- Serve steamed rice with black pepper tofu. Do not forget a chilled beer!
This recipe is adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY.
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cheri saysMarch 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Oh, this looks amazing, Yotam Ottolenghi is one of my favorite chefs’ and cookbook authors. I have this book too, don’t recall this recipe, must of just glazed over it. Your pics are so lovely.
naivecookcooks saysMarch 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Thanks dear! 🙂
Susan saysApril 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM
This was really delicious, however, there is no way you can make this in less than an hour since the tofu has to be drained, dried, dipped in cornstarch and fried on every side. Worth making though.
naivecookcooks saysApril 25, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Thanks for trying it Susan! I actually do all the tasks simultaneously and it was ready in around 30 minutes! I appreciate your comment though and I will make it again and confirm the timings with you 🙂
j saysMarch 24, 2015 at 3:49 PM
I have all of his cookbooks. They are all exciting. My faves are in the “Jerusalem” book — Maqluba, p. 127; Barley Risotto with marinated feta, p. 109. Another exciting cookbook in which every recipe can be made vegetarian is “New Foods for Life”, Najmieh Batmanglij Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. A real treasure, the visuals are amazing. Enjoy. JanieB
naivecookcooks saysMarch 25, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Thanks Janie for such an amazing list!!!