Veggies on the counter

Herbed Tofu Cakes with Curried Apple

Posted in main courses by veggies on the counter on February 17, 2011

 

Lately, I’ve been eating lots of roasted vegetables and bakes, mostly because they are comfort food at their best and have that sort of magical effect of keeping me warm. Also, these are usually dishes that are made in one single pan, meaning there’s minimal work involved in dish washing after dinner, which is also a great advantage. I tell you what I do: often, I make a lentil/vegetable pie and make sure there are enough leftovers for me to enjoy for a couple more meals. Not having that much time to cook lately, this is a method that allows me to have homemade food at hand almost everyday. Anyway, there are also times when I manage to prepare dishes that are done in less than twenty minutes, require minimal effort, are packed with proteins, and taste good. These Herbed Tofu Cakes are one of those no-recipes that I tend to prepare when I don’t feel that much like cooking.

I grab the herbs I have on the refrigerator – this time around, lemon thyme, rosemary and chives were what I had on hand, but you could use any others of your liking -, some tofu and a couple other ingredients, and the cakes are done in no time. The curried apples are a great topping for these protein-packed patties, but you could replace it for some chutney or a simple salsa made with fresh vegetables – they’d be equally good options. To finish things off, serve the dish along with some cooked grains (I can’t get enough of basmati rice cooked with a couple spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom), and there you go.

Herbed Tofu Cakes with Curried Apple

(makes 5 cakes)

for the tofu cakes:

370 grams firm tofu, drained, pat dry and crumbled

1 ½ tablespoons shoyu

1 tablespoon vegan mayo

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1 ½ tablespoons lemon thyme, finely chopped

1 ½ tablespoons chives, finely chopped

2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped

zest of one lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

for the curried apple:

1 large apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

½ teaspoon curry powder

¼ teaspoon sugar

a pinch of salt

a good squeeze of lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

chopped coriander, for garnishing

1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the tofu cakes, except the olive oil. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

2. Divide the mixture into 4 to 5 equal portions. With your hands, shape each portion into patties.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan, over medium-heat. Shallow-fry the patties for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

4. Once the tofu cakes are done, transfer them to a plate and keep them warm in the oven. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the same frying pan you used for cooking the cakes and, once hot – but not smoking – add the apple slices, sugar, salt and curry powder.

5. Cook for 5 minutes or until the apple slices are tender and slightly caramelized. Turn off the heat and add a good squeeze of lemon juice to the pan.

6. Serve the tofu cakes with the curried apple slices on top, and garnish each serving with plenty chopped coriander. Serve with basmati rice or any other grain of your liking.

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  1. Trudy ~ veggie num num said, on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Yum! Curried apples, so very good and these little tofu cakes look and sound super delish! Loving the combination of ingredients here.

  2. Jessica said, on February 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

    This looks amazing! I love the flavor combination!

  3. mihl said, on February 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    These cakes look perfect!

  4. Jun said, on February 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Curried apple? Sounds so interesting! Gotta try this!

  5. Errin said, on February 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    These look really really good. I am always on the lookout for some good veggie “burger” recipes. Plus, they look really simple to make. Thanks! :)

  6. Katie said, on February 19, 2011 at 1:48 am

    This makes me want a serious helping of tofu…and I’ve never even bought tofu before!

  7. [...] do some baking/cleaning around the house while Nathan had fun with some good friends. I made these tofu patties for my supper with some roasted cauliflower – [...]

  8. [...] Curried Apples: This was a majorly easy recipe that only took about 10 minutes, after all of the peeling, coring and cutting of the apples. [...]


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