Stir fries, let get talking. I guess you may all be familiar with what stir fries are. They’re basically one pan meals that can be cooked in less than 15 minutes. How? well, the answer to that lies in the recipe.. they’re so quick to put together as everything is cooked in a very hot wok and the ingredients required are minimum, all you have to do is add your favourite ingredients in; these may include anything from everyday vegetables to brown rice/noodles (they form the base). Then various sauces are added, the mix is seasoned generously and tossed on high flame to make a really quick, instant and flavoursome meal that is ready to serve in a matter of less than 10 minutes. Who wouldn’t love something that speedy and fiery!? I really like making this in a spicy variation.. the secret is to keep the chilli seeds in and fry them off in hot oil with a generous seasoning of piri piri spice mix/ smoked paprika. The stir fry that I’m showing to you guys is extremely popular, healthy and uses many flavoursome condiments.. it’s definitely offbeat,
Tofu is a wonderful source of protein and absorbs all the flavours so well. The stir fry has also got vibrant, juicy broccoli florets and crunchy bean sprouts. Indeed an absolute stunner ! So now that I have given you a brief introduction about the stir fry, let’s get moving on to the actual recipe..
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 5 minutes
- Total time: 15 minutes
- flavorless oil – 2 tbsp
- Small sized broccoli head (about 250 grams)
- 150 grams of tofu
- 1 cup of green parboiled sprouts
- Half a medium-sized onion – thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic – minced
- 1/2 tbsp of ginger chilli paste
- Sauces/ Flavourings:
- 1 tsp of red Thai curry paste mixed in 1 tsp water(optional)
- 2 tsp of soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tsp of tabasco sauce (according to the heat you can handle)
- 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to season
- Special spice mix:
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp of chopped celery
- salt – 1/2 tsp
- 1.5 tsp of piri piri mix/ 1 tsp of smoked paprika
- Fresh coriander to garnish
- Toasted sesame seeds- 1/2 tbsp (optional)
- Start by preparing the spice mix. Simply throw the ingredients into a blender jar. I prefer to coarsely grind the ingredients together using a pestle and mortar. Once the spice mix is ready, transfer in a separate bowl and leave aside for later,
- Next, prepare the vegetables.. Start by cutting the stem. Simply exert some pressure using your knife whilst holding the broccoli with the other hand. The stem will come out. Then cut the broccoli into small florets.. (halve them if they’re too big) and cut down any renaming stem leaving very little with the tops. In a bowl, add the broccoli florets and toss them in a generous pinch of salt..this will help it become a little tender by the time its ready to hit the wok. Then thinly slice the onion and mince the garlic. Rinse the uncooked sprouts and soak in water for about 30 minutes if you have the time.
- Slice the tofu into semi thick slices and then quarter them to get even, medium-sized tofu slices. Then crush the ginger and chilli and grind with some water to prepare the paste.
- Next, its time to start with the stir fry. Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or pan with large surface area. Once it is smoking hot, add the ginger chilli paste, minced garlic and fry until golden brown. Then throw in the onions and once again, let it fry off. Then its time for the broccoli and the bean sprouts.. add a pinch of salt after adding them and stir continuously on high flame then add the sliced tofu and give it a good toss once again. Now its time for the spice mix, add it in and mix well. Then add all the sauces and flavourings, this will help enhance the flavour of the stir fry and de-glaze the pan. Toss again and check for seasoning, adjust accordingly. All the vegetables should have been cooked well and the tofu should have a slight brown colour on it.. if not, keep cooking on high flame whilst stirring occasionally.
- Turn off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, fresh coriander and squeeze over more lemon juice on top for an added tangy punch.
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