Friday, February 20, 2009

Thai Tofu Cakes/Cutlets

I love to collect and browse through cookbooks but very seldom prepare any dish using them! Strange, right? Years and years ago when I stayed in a hostel, I used to jot down recipes that seemed interesting or clip recipes from magazines, when I did not even have a stove to cook nor had I cooked anytime at that point! But that collection of recipes did come in handy when I first ventured into cooking. So anyway, the reason I brought that up was because I finally made a dish using a recipe from a book called "The Essentials Collection - Thai" by Leslie Mackley. The recipe was for Thai Fish Cakes using cod but since I don't enjoy fish, I substituted it with tofu. Followed the rest of the recipe to the tee. The use of green beans in this intrigued me. It added a nice crunch, apart from boosting the nutritional element in the dish.



1 14 oz pack extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 tsp red curry paste
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup green beans, chopped fine
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
4 tbsp oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients, except oil. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 30 minutes. Roll the mixture into balls, then flatten to make cakes/cutlets.

Heat oil in a skillet over a medium heat and cook the cutlets in batches, for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown & cooked through.

Garnish with lime wedges and serve on a bed of salad.

23 comments:

indosungod said...

Perfect anytime snack. Tofu has to be hidden for me to enjoy them and this would be a great way to have them.

Asha said...

Story of all foodies, cut and clip whenever you see a recipe! :D

I left behind bound magazine recipe clips, about 6 huge books when I moved out of India 1989, don't know whether my mom still has them.

Trisha loves Tofu, cutlets looks yum. Like Indo, if you hide it in spicy cutlets, I could eat those. Trish likes cubes like Paneer Makhani.

Happy Shiva Ratri if you have it. I started cooking already! :)

Madhu said...

I like new tofu recipes..I have tub of tofu. I'll try it out.
Nice recipe Vani.

Cham said...

Wow Vani tofu cutlet, that sound perfect for anyone!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Tofu cutlet looks so good. Nice recipe. Sounds to be a healthy snack....YUM!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! nice recipe Vani :) will give it a try :)this weekend :)

Usha said...

This really sounds intriguing, would love to give it a try...looks yum !

Maya said...

That's a very interesting recipe with tofu Vani!..It looks delicious and so nicely laid out.

Dershana said...

That sounds easy and yummy enough for a try!

Smitha said...

Perfect with the evening tea!

DEESHA said...

looks delicious .. I have sooo many recipes from here N there & i barely try them

Sandeepa(Bong Mom's CookBook/DesiMomzClub) said...

This I am going to make, yeah, yeah , yeah...looks terrific

Vani said...

Thanks, all, for taking time to comment! :)

Priya said...

The cutlets look scrumptious! Its immediately getting into my must try list :) And you are definitely not crazy cos I do the same too :D

Vani said...

Priya- thanks! do let m eknow if you try. And good to know I have company with the recipe-no-cook collection :)

Jaya said...

Vani,
the cutlets look delicious and so is the cauliflower stir/fry ...
thanks for sharing ...
hugs and smiles

Jaya said...

Vani,
the cutlets look delicious and so is the cauliflower stir/fry ...
thanks for sharing ...
hugs and smiles

Ankita said...

Tofu cutlet looks yummy.Health and easy dish for snacking.

Vani said...

Jaya - thanks on both counts :)

Ankita- thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment :)

Anonymous said...

I have never liked tofu but they were always little cubes that were tasteless. Shredded tofu with spices and fried, might just be the way to get me to eat tofu. I will surely try this sometime.

Suhas

Anonymous said...

I have never liked tofu but they were always little cubes that were tasteless. Shredded tofu with spices and fried, might just be the way to get me to eat tofu. I will surely try this sometime.

Suhas

Gayathri said...

I love tofus, but i wonder where i can get them in US. i have never seen in any store. If u have any ideas let me know

The dish is so tempting that i should buy tofu and try it once.

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Vani said...

Suhas - yeah me too. Not too fond of tofu blocks in gravies or rice. But shredded and spiced totally hides the flavor.

Gayathri - thanks for stopping by! Will participatein your event. Tofu is available in regular grocery stores like ShopRite, Wegmans etc. Left you a comment as well.