Sweet and sour tofu with roasted cashews

Sweet and sour tofu with roasted cashews

Sweet and sour tofu with roasted cashews

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Looking for new ways to cook up tofu? Love sweet and savoury sauces? This recipe is made for you. Lightly frying the tofu and mixing with a sauce using a cornstarch-water mixture will ensure that it's crispy and covered with a velvety smooth sweet and sour sauce. This recipe makes a colourful, easy and quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

Sweet and sour sauce

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Crispy tofu

  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, for cooking
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Preparation

Sweet and sour sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the garlic, ginger and chili powder. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  2. Add the rice vinegar, water, maple syrup, tomato paste and soy sauce. Bring to a gentle boil then add the cornstarch-water mix.
  3. Mix and let simmer for a few minutes until it thickens and then turn off the heat. Set aside.

Crispy tofu

  1. Drain the block of tofu and cut it into large cubes. Dry each off with a clean tea towel. Set aside.
  2. In a wok, heat the vegetable oil.
  3. Put the cornstarch into a shallow dish and lightly coat each tofu cube with it.
  4. Fry the tofu in small batches in the oil so they become crispy and golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer the fried tofu cubes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Once all the tofu is fried, put it back in the wok and add the prepared sauce.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat until that the sauce starts sticking to the cubes.
  7. Serve with rice, green veggies and roasted cashews.
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