Monday, July 27, 2009

Tofu Akuri -Parsi Style Scrambled Tofu

This month the bookclub had chosen 'The Space Between Us' by Thrity Umrigar.It is a simple yet touching story that occurs in a Parsi household.The story begins with onions being chopped for Poras (omelettes) by Sera Dubash who is a widow with a married and pregnant daughter and then unfoldds the story of her househelp Bhima and her unwed teenage granddaughter.The story tells you about the domestic and emotional abuse that is happening even in so-called cultured households and when she had thought that all there is a new beginning what with her only daughter and a supposed to be good son-in-law,going to be blessed with a child,then the terror strikes.Foodwise,it is has a fair share of references.

Akuri (Akoori) is a Parsi style scrambled egg with coriander,chillies,ginger and garlic.There are several Parsi dished using eggs and akuri is a spicy scrambled egg served on/with bread and can include as many veggies as possible to make it more filling and healthy.Well I used Tofu to substitute egg and had referenced Jugalbandi's Akuri Masala Dosa and also the as delicious Scrambled Tofu by Vaishali.

Ingredients:
Silken Tofu: 1 package drained and crumbled
Onion: 1 small chopped finely
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Ginger: 1 small piece
Green chillies: 1 -2 as per taste
Coriander: few tbsp chopped for garnishing + frying
Tomato: 1 small
Turmeric Powder: a pinch
Salt: as per taste

Preparation:
Drain tofu in paper towels for atleast 15-20 minutes and crumble into pieces.

Finely chop onion,garlic,ginger,green chilly,tomato and coriander leaves.Keep aside half of the coriander leaves for garnishing.

Heat oil in a pan/kadai,add onions,chillies,ginger,garlic and few tbsps of chopped coriander leaves and saute till the raw smell disappears and it becomes transparent.Add in tomatoes,salt and turmeric powder and saute for a few minutes till oil separates or it starts to get cooked.Add in crumbled tofu and mix well.

Adjust salt and optionally add pepper as per taste.Garnish with remaining coriander leaves.Serve with bread.

Apart from this,you can add in minced/chopped veggies to this and add it after sauteeing onions.Also you can add other spice powders like chilli powder,garam masala,etc as per your taste.1 packet of tofu gives to two servings.Turmeric powder gives you the look of normal scrambled eggs,but is optional.

This is a filling and a quick dish -obviously quick enough when you have a book to read,but also a stomach to fill.So the pictures are not so good.

But lets see what other members have cooked up.
Simran shows us the yummy bhelpuri,while Aquadaze serves us delicious and hearty Dhansak.
Dee has also posted the normal akuri with eggs .

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