There are ways in, journeys to the center of life, through time; through air, matter, dream and thought. The ways are not always mapped or charted, but sometimes being lost, if there is such a thing, is the sweetest place to be. And always, in this search, a person might find that she is already there, at the center of the world. It may be a broken world, but it is glorious nonetheless.~ Linda Hogan~
Here’s a simple recipe for Turmeric Curry Tofu that I made for Edible Seattle/ Edible Portland last month. The whole spread features turmeric recipes which I will share with you here in the coming weeks. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a beautiful issue, definitely worth seeking out and they have been very good about featuring local growers and producers on the east side of the state as well.
This recipe for Turmeric Curry Tofu with Coconut and Shiitakes comes together in 20 minutes flat. Serve it over grains for extra heartiness, or simply have it on its own, like a thick and hearty stew. Fresh grated turmeric gives this its beautiful color, but if fresh turmeric is unavailable, ground turmeric will work fine too. Use the flavorful base to hold your favorite veggies.
The world where I live is covered in a thick blanket of snow. It’s beautiful. Icicles hand down off the eaves of houses, sparkling in the sunlight whilst snowflakes float gently by. Everything is in slow motion. There is this profound quiet. An invitation to come back to oneself and just be here for a moment, here, where it’s almost impossible not to feel love and gratitude for everything and everyone.
See something beautiful today. xo
- A fragrant coconut curry infused with turmeric root, lemongrass and ginger enveloping tofu and shiitake mushrooms.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee
- 2 shallots- finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
- 6 garlic cloves- finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger- finely grated
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated turmeric root
- 2 cups chicken or veggie stock
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar or alternative
- ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, more to taste
- 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms- de-stemmed and sliced
- 4 ounces tofu- cut into ¾ inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- Heat oil In a large heavy bottom pot or skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until golden and tender about 5-6 minutes. Add lemongrass, garlic, ginger and turmeric and saute 2 more minutes.
- Add stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
- Add fish sauce, sugar, salt, cayenne and ground turmeric, stirring to combine.
- Add shittakes and simmer gently 2-3 minutes.
- Add tofu, and continue simmering until tofu is warmed through, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the lime, taste, and adjust salt and cayenne.
- Add the cilantro.
- Serve immediately, dividing among bowls.
- Notes- Use the base for your own combination of veggies. Serve over grains or as a stew. if you can find fresh turmeric, just add a little more ground turmeric ( to taste).