Stew is typically slow-cooked, with chunky vegetables which steeps in the flavor. The last few weeks, stews/soups/salads have kept me company as I strive to eat more vegetables and limit grains. Stew comes particularly handy, if you are cooking for crowd with varying preference as it can be eaten like a soup, with or without a bread on the side or over rice or chappathi/roti.
I have used a variety of vegetables + Tofu that I had in hand. You can tailor the recipe to your preference by adding/omitting vegetables. Cauliflower, beans, peas will make a nice addition. This is a classic winter dish and you can use the squashes or tubers found in abundance now, to this stew. Warm stew on a cold winter evening will be just perfect!
Mixed vegetables (cut into cubes) – ~2 cups (I used Zucchini, Carrot, Bell-pepper, celery)
Tomato – 1 medium size, cut finely
Coconut oil – 2 tsp
Tofu – 1 package with 4 pieces, cut into cubes
Soy Sauce – 3 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Chilli powder – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Creamed coconut – 4 tsp
First, in a wok, add about a tsp of coconut oil and shallow fry the tofu. When the tofu is almost done, add the soy sauce and saute the tofu till the soy sauce evaporates.
Closer look at the tofu…
Now, in a thick-bottomed vessel (I use my tried and tested cast iron pot), add the remaining tsp of oil, saute the tomato and the vegetables in high-flame (this gives the vegetables an almost roasted look and taste). If you are using onion, you can add the onion at this point, as well. Add the turmeric, chilli, coriander and chilli powders as well at this point. Add the creamed coconut and about a cup of water and let it simmer for a few mins.
Note: I avoid using the BPA-laden canned goods and since was too lazy to make my own coconut milk, was looking for an alternative. That is when I stumbled upon the creamed coconut @ Amazon and have been using it for a while as a substitute for both ground fresh coconut as well as coconut milk, by mixing with water. I have found this to be very convenient and tasty without the negative effects of the canned good. Please note that I am not paid or asked to review this product, this is my personal opinion that I decided to share for the benefit of the readers this blog.
At this point, dump the sauteed tofu to this boiling mixture.
That’s it, you’re done!