Friday, February 29, 2008

Coconut Curry Tofu Bake with Mushrooms and Chickpeas

From trash to treasure.

This started out as a burger recipe, but I was getting frustrated with the texture. I put the "dough" in the fridge, and went to bed, All day at work, my mind wondered..."What can I do with that? It would be horrible to have to toss it out." Then I thought, "Why not make a casserole, with that as the base?" So I did.

To my surprise, it came out AMAZING! I might even make it again!

Coconut Curry Tofu Bake with Mushrooms and Chickpeas
1 15 oz can of full fat coconut milk
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
1 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed and crumbled
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water to make a slurry
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp veggie broth powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 15 oz can chickpeas
1 medium onion (I used a yellow onion), diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup ground raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
a sprinkling of paprika
salt and pepper to taste
oil for sauteing (I used coconut oil)

In a large skillet, bring coconut milk and curry powder to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add in mushrooms and crumbled tofu. Cover and simmer about 15 minnutes, uncover and continue to cook another 10. Add cornstarch slurry, mix well, cook for about 3-5 more minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, allow to cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, veggie broth powder and garlic powder. Add the flour mixture to the cocnut curry tofu mixture and knead together until a sticky dough forms. Set aside. In a skillet, saute the onions, garlic and chickpeas for about 5-7 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. In a casserole dish, spread the dough out along the bottom. Layer the chickpea and onion mixture on the top of the dough. Sprinkle the ground cashews all over the top, then the nutritional yeast and sprinkle the top with paprika. Bake, covered with foil, for 20-25 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown the top. Remove from oven, allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

I topped mine with a really simple (and really SINFUL) noochy-garlicy-creamy sauce I made with 1 cup of soymilk, 4 tbsp of Earth Balance, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, 1/8 cup of nooch, 1 tbsp flour and salt and pepper. In a saucepan, I melted the margarine into the soymilk, added the nooch and garlic, brought it just to a boil, reduced the heat and mixed in the flour and stirred until thickened. Delightfully disgusting stuff!!!


julie hasson said...

Looks heavenly Joni!

How's work going for you? I hope things are going well. I always love to come and check out what you're up to in the kitchen.

Steffi said...

this looks so good, I'll definetely try it.

mustardseed said...

Aww...looks good but isn't there a way to health-ify it? it's just so sad we have to use an entire can of coconut milk, but it looks so so yummy at the same time.

Oh yeah funny thing: remember what I said about the dal burgers being a little bitter? They got better the next few times I ate them! Thanks Joni, they made very nice school lunches for me through the past few days!

Joni Marie Newman said...

julie...thanks! work is good, as far as work can be good :)
getting ready for a week long trip to MAUI!!!!

mustard...HA! some things just weren't meant to be "healthy" and I think this is one of those, comfort food type casseroles that is full of fat and goodness and makes you want to go to bed after you eat it :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Wow, that sure looks good!

JENNA said...

i'd like to eat that for dinner tonight!

Em said...

Hi, you write "mushroom" but I find lots of kind of mushroom here? What kind should I buy?Tks

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