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Lazy Vegetarian Meal ideas #9 Black Sesame Tofu

A lot of people really don’t like tofu, and I don’t really blame them. Tofu is notoriously hard to get right and when its done wrong it turns into a soggy mess of horror. Don’t worry though, for when it is done right it can be really nice and its not that hard to get the hang of, you just need a bit of patience. This is a really nice and easy recipe and is quite different from my previous stuff, if you have some time to kill definitely give it a try 🙂

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Note: It does take a while to prepare, and as a lot of tofu comes in water before you do anything else with it you are going to have to wrap it in kitchen towel and let the towels absorb as much of the water as possible.

What you need: Non-silken tofu unless you actually like the stuff, I absolutely loath it and live in fear whenever I order tofu in restaurants that its going to be silken so if your not sure buy regular tofu, one large onion, a pepper, mushrooms, sunflower seeds (optional),  dark soy sauce, balsamic vinegar

Spices: Sesame seeds, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, hot chilli

1. Cut the tofu into chunks and wrap in some kitchen towel to get rid of excess moisture and leave to absorb for a few minutes

2. After a few minutes, add the tofu to a large pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now dry heat the tofu for about ten minutes/until browning on a low heat. Do not add any oil at this stage, as the tofu still needs to dry off a bit

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3. As the tofu dry cooks, add some olive oil, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds to a second pot and turn to a high heat and toast for a minute or two,then  add chopped onions and fry until they start to brown. Then turn to a low heat and leave them for a few minutes

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4. Add chopped peppers and mushrooms and fry on a high heat, after a few minutes add the tofu and fry for about five minutes

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5. Add the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. I don’t measure any of my ingredients, but make sure not to pour in too much and try to add similar quantities of each as they have quite a strong taste. Stir fry for a few minutes, then turn to a leave heat and wait for the tofu to absorb all the sauce (tofu is like a sponge). The tofu should absorb all the sauce and turn black

6. Enjoy with rice

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