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Kung Pao Tofu with Soba Noodles

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Omg I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!!!

The tofu has the exact same texture as¬†chicken, it’s crispy, hearty, savory and spicy! And the kung pao sauce is absolutely the bomb! I’ve tested this recipe a few times now and I’m proud to finally present this to you!

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The greens that I used are broccoli (which is the best vegetable ever!), spinach and peas, I used dried chilis to make the chili paste but you can use store bought as well and also decrease or increase the amount according to your preference!

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This crispy tofu is so amazing that you will keep making this every week even if you don’t make the sauce to go with it. It is oil free and baked to crispy perfection. It can be eaten all day long without feeling bad about eating crispy tofu. ūüėÄ Have it with any vegan sauce you like, but they taste¬†best with barbecue sauce!

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In the earlier versions that I made of this recipe, I ended up with soggy tofu after I added it to the kung pao sauce but then I figured out that I should bake it with the sauce instead of cooking it in the pan, and it was perfect.

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These are the ingredients of the sauce, as many of you were wondering when I posted the picture of a test recipe on my instagram.  In this recipe I decided to add up crispy tofu and broccoli just because I felt like! Most recipes use peanuts but I decided to go with almonds because they are better than peanuts!

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Kung Pao Tofu with Soba Noodles

Prep time Cook time Total time
15 mins 60 mins 1 hour 15 minutes

Oven baked crispy tofu with vegetables in a kung pao sauce served with soba noodles which amplify the awesomeness!

Category: Gluten Free, Snacks, High Fiber, High Protein, Healthy, Baked
Serves: 4
Author: The Vegan Psyche

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For the Crispy Tofu

          • 1 Pack Tofu
          • 1/2 Cup Flour (I used Bajra Flour you can use any!)
          • 1/2 Cup Water
          • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
          • 1 Large Onion

For The Sauce

            • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
            • 1 and 1/2¬†tbsp Wine
            • 1 tbsp Vinegar
            • 1 and 1/2 tbsp Chili Paste
            • 1 tbsp Sugar
            • 1 tsp Cornflour + 2 tbsp Water
            • 1 tbsp Almond Butter
            • 3 Small Cloves Garlic

For The Noodles

            • 1 Pack Soba Noodles
            • 1 Broccoli Head
            • Handful Spinach
            • 1 Cup Peas
            • 1 tsp Slivered Almonds (to garnish)

Instructions

        1. Cut up the vegetables into bite size pieces
        2. In a bowl add up all the ingredients needed for the sauce and keep aside.
        3. Preheat the oven at 210 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
        4. Break the tofu into rough uneven pieces (to look like chicken) and use a fork to first coat them in the flour mixture then in the bread crumbs (like shown in picture). Put on a non stick silicon sheet or parchment paper.
        5. Cook these for 35-40 minutes in the oven until crispy but not brown.
        6. Then dip them in the sauce and cook further in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crispy!
        7. Cook the soba noodles.
        8. Then cook the veggies in a pan and add the noodles and sauce.
        9. Serve hot and add the tofu just as you’re serving it so that you can enjoy it’s crispy awesomeness! Garnish with slivered almonds and enjoy!

           

Chili Garlic Tomato Chutney

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This chutney is the first thing I remember from my childhood, I loved it so much that I would put it on everything that I would eat. My dadi still calls me mirchi (chili) because of my love for the spice!
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This is my dad’s recipe¬†and¬†is insanely easy to make. I’m always getting the next batch ready as this lasts for only about a month in my house. This is so much better than the store bought chili¬†sauce as this has absolutely no sugar and still tastes delicious. I used olive oil in this so there are lots of antioxidants and benefits for your hair and skin as well.DSC_0632

All that heat you feel after eating hot chili peppers takes up energy and calories. Even sweet red peppers have been found to contain substances that significantly increase thermogenesis (heat production) and oxygen consumption for more than 20 minutes after they are eaten. They increase your metabolism and help you lose weight rapidly.
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Chilies contain a health benefiting and alkaloid compound in them, capsaicin, which gives them their strong, spicy and pungent character. Laboratory studies suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. DSC_0648
Put it in your stir-fries, salads or just on a simple toast with cheese. You can have this with absolutely anything and it makes everything taste amazing, just like Sriracha sauce.
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Chili Garlic Tomato Chutney

Prep time Cook time Total time
10 min 35 mins 45 mins


My dad’s recipe of a tomato based chili and garlic chutney, which can be had with anything.

Category: Condiments
Serves: 1 pint Mason Jar

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Ingredients

  • 3 pods garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 9 medium size tomatoes
  • 75 gram whole dried Chili
  • 1/3 Cup vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • Himalayan Pink Salt to taste

 

Instructions

  1. Roughly crush the chilies and soak in hot water until the seeds sink at the bottom and the chilies have soaked some water.
  2. Blend the chilies and tomatoes separately and keep aside.
  3. Mince or roughly blend the garlic and get your deep pan going at medium heat.
  4. Add the oil and wait for it to warm up.
  5. Add the garlic and cook until golden.
  6. Add the blended tomatoes and cook until the oil separates, around 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add the spices, vinegar and chili at this point and cook while covered for another 4-5 minutes.
  8. Eat it with anything and everything!