Remember that beetroot tofu I bought in Finland? Well, now dish number one has been made with it. I had two tofu steaks, so I can still cook something else with the other one. It was a really nice firm tofu with a subtle hint of beetroot, and it really added a nice splash of colour on top of that vegan Thai curry. There were some small chunks of beetroot inside of that tofu as well.
I made my pretty basic golden Thai curry with fennel and carrots. I used fresh turmeric for the first time, which was interesting. I think that I'll be buying it much more now. I didn't even manage to colour my whole kitchen yellow with it.
I'm looking forward to more colourful bowls of food towards the spring and summer. Yesterday I saw the first local asparagus appearing on the market. I can't wait to cook with it.
Thai curry with fennel and beetroot tofu
Ingredients for the curry paste
1 red chilli
1 cloveless garlic
2 cm fresh turmeric
2 cm fresh ginger
1 lemongrass stalk
1 lime's juice
2 tbsp white miso
2 tsp palm sugar
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 vegetable stock cube
125 g beetroot tofu
1 fennel bulb
Vegetable oil for frying
400 ml/1 can coconut milk
1 cup Jasmine rice
Make the curry paste first by puréeing all paste ingredients into a smooth paste.
Chop the fennel, carrots and onion.
Cook the onion in vegetable oil until softened, then add the fennel and carrots to the pan.
After a while of cooking, also add the curry paste.
Cook for a couple of minutes, and then add the coconut milk.
Let simmer until the flavours have blended nicely.
Cook the jasmine rice.
Cut the tofu into generous chunks and fry them in vegetable oil.
Serve the curry with the tofu chunks on top and with the rice. Enjoy!