Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stuff it, if you can: Tofu Stuffed Bell Peppers

She was wandering the aisles of the grocery store, loosing all track of time. So many pretty little treats were loaded up her cart and she barely managed to peek through the top of her pile. She walked through the produce shelves picking up this and that; then did a screeching double take as she passed these adorable baby peppers in bright pastel red, yellow and orange. "Come home little beauties in to my kitchen. I'll stuff you up with flavors and have you smitten", she said to them. She hurried home passing all the slow-coaches on the highway, donned her apron and gathered her ingredients.

She crumbled some firm tofu into bits and set them to brown. In another pan she dropped sliced onions, chick pea flour and crushed roasted peanuts with spices and seasonings. In a few minutes, the tofu was thrown into this with some
tomato paste to bring the stuffing together. Then she happily stuffed each of her tiny peppers with this mixture setting them on a cookie sheet (trimming off the bottom of each pepper so it stands on its own). When the oven was preheated to 400 she popped them in and skipped off to stir other mischief in the house. Some of the stuffing mixture remained in the pan, so she poured some stock in to it and let it come to a boil. She made a slurry of chickpea flour with water and
thickened her quick pan sauce in no time at all.

When the timer (15 minutes) reminded her of her peppers in the oven, she took her mind off the sauce. She poked the peppers to check for doneness and pulled them out of the steam room
(oven) dropped them into the hot tub (sauce). She rang the bell for dinner and the family(husband) came bounding to the table. She served the little stuffed babies (peppers) with some hot fresh naan.

Tofu Stuffed Bell Peppers

2 tsp vegetable oil
½ block extra firm tofu crumbled

Heat oil in a heavy pan and add the tofu. Allow it to brown about 7 mins. Check on it once or twice

2 tsp veg oil
1 onion sliced
½ cup crushed roasted peanuts
2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp tomato paste

Heat oil in another pan, and fry the onions till soft. Add the chick pea flour and peanuts and cook till the raw smell of the flour is lost. Add the tomato paste and a splash of water to combine

1 tsp dry mango powder
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp sugar
1 tbsp cumin and coriander powder
Salt to taste

Add the spices and seasonings, stir to combine. Mix in the browned tofu into this pot.

6 small peppers in assorted colors

Trim the bottoms of the peppers, cut of the top and remove the seeds. Stuff the peppers with prepared mixture till filled to the top. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400 deg F oven

Remaining stuffing
½ cup vegetable stock (or water)
Salt to taste
1 tsp chick pea flour dissolved in ¼ cup water

Add the stock to the remaining stuffing in the same pan and bring to boil. Add salt or adjust seasonings to taste. Add the chick pea flour slurry to thicken sauce.

Get the peppers out of the oven, add to the saucepan let it soak in the sauce before plating.

1 comment:

Plummy Mummy said...

Hmmm those look amazing and I love the way the post is written.