Tofu Kung Pao by @yummyyatra 😍 Crispy veggies, crunchy peanuts, tender tofu, and a spicy sauce! Serve it with rice or mixed with noodles for a delicious meal!
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Recipe serves 2-3
Super firm tofu, 1 block (I used high protein super firm)
Corn starch, 2 tbsp
Ground cayenne 1 teaspoon (adjust acc to your preference)
Fresh ground pepper
Salt, to taste
Neutral oil, about 2 tbsp (to shallow fry tofu cubes)
Sesame oil, 1 tbsp (for sauce)
Garlic, minced, 4 cloves
Dried red chillies, 2
Onion, chopped, 1
Bell peppers, diced, 2
Red chilli sauce, 1 tbsp (or to taste)
Sugar or any sweetener, 1 tsp
Roasted unsalted peanuts 1/4 cup
Tamari/soy sauce, 2 tbsp
Corn starch mixed in water – 3 tbsp
Scallions – greens & whites (chopped and separated) – 4
🌱Drain the water from the tofu pack & wrap the tofu block in a kitchen towel. Set the tofu on to a deep plate and place a heavy pan over the tofu for 20 min. Unwrap the tofu, drain the excess water. Cut them into cubes
🌱Add tofu cubes to a bowl.
🌱Sprinkle cornstarch , ground cayenne, fresh pepper, salt & toss the tofu cubes around the bowl so that they get evenly coated in corn starch & spices. Set bowl aside
🌱Heat oil (2 tbsp) in a cast iron skillet. Once the skillet is on medium heat, carefully place tofu cubes & shallow-fry, making sure all the sides are golden brown. About 20 min
🌱Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in another deep pan, preferably non stick. Add garlic & sauté till lightly browned, about a minute
🌱Add red chillies & onion, sauté for 2 minutes
🌱Add bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
🌱Add chilli sauce, toasted peanuts, soy sauce & the corn starch-water, combine well & cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat
🌱Add sugar/sweetener, scallion whites and mix well. 🌱Stir in tofu cubes
🌱Check for seasoning & adjust according to your preference
🌱 Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring often
🌱Garnish with scallion greens & turn off heat.