Call it luck … or fate … or simply a blessing …
but, I have had the honor of meeting some truly beautiful (on the inside and out) people through this journey …
One of these beautiful people is Laura, who I came in contact with through the Foodie Pen Pal program (the secret ingredient in these Acai Blueberry muffins was a cereal that she introduced me to); she also introduced me to this:
She must be psychic or something .. as I lurrve Indian Food … I just have a hard time getting the spices regulated so what I make never quite turns out like what it is supposed to be … hence the need for sauces or curry pastes 😉
I had never tried this particular brand before so was very eager to give my taste buds a big ol spoonful – but first, I had to pair it with something…and so…
I decided to doctor up some tofu!
3 large yellow onions chopped
1 thumb size piece of ginger chopped
5 cloves garlic chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper diced
1 container extra firm tofu
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons parsley (fresh or dried)
1/3 can of “Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala)
1 can chickpeas
salt and pepper to taste
1. Drain the tofu and, using paper towels, try to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Then cut into rectangles, sprinkle with the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and let brown in a pan with olive oil.
2. Brown or caramelize the onions over low heat, and then add the garlic and ginger and sauté till tender. Put this mix in a blender along with the can of tomatoes and blend well.
3. In the same pan, add the bell pepper and sauté till tender.
4. Then pour in the blended onion and tomato mix. Add the tikka masala and stir well.
5. Cut up the browned tofu into bite sized cubes and place them in the tikka masala/onion/pepper/tomato mix. Finally add the parsely and chickpeas, salt and pepper to taste and let this simmer for ten minutes, on a low flame.
6. All thats left now is to inhale this concoction – either with rice or naan.
Thank You Laura!
And thank YOU for reading along 🙂
Is there a recipe you have a “shortcut” to making? If so…what product makes your life oh so much more yumalicious? 🙂