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Saturday, June 28, 2008

southwest meets far east



I guess you have figured out by now that I like chile and I always seem to go back to some kind of chile preparation. I will still post the tofu short ribs but for now it is a napolean of sorts. I wanted to make a quick vegetarian starter with a southwestern flair and I had okara, tofu, chile and avocado. Lets call it a 'Soychilada' why not.



This is the result and it came out real tasty. I made little patties out of the okara that I seasoned with a spice mix of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, nutmeg, mace, ginger, garlic, white pepper, star anise, all spice, tumeric, cumin, corriander and mustard. (basically a Masala Curry I didnt use this brand I am only linking this as a reference) I buy a lot of spices from this Indian grocery store near me and they come in ziploc bags. These were quickly panfried till crispy. I took some super firm tofu and let it soak in the red chile sauce till it was well infused and simply layered the two together. Okara pattie, some cheese and a little chile and a tofu round with more cheese and chile and some avocado slices on top. Simple but so dense and tasty - omit the cheese and the egg I used to bind the patties and its vegan.

12 comments:

Claudia said...

Oh baby, I am SO freaking hungry right now I could lick the screen. That looks phenomenal!!! You seriously need to open a restaurant, what the hell are you doing...you would be the MAN! Oh, wait...you already are.

Dana said...

I'd have never thought to combine okara with tofu - not sure why - but that's why you are the chef and I am the reader!

buffalodickdy said...

Looked very good! Leave the cheese on and in mine...

doggybloggy said...

claudia: I seriously do....but .....I am my biggest obstacle

dana: I should have photographed the cross section...it looked so good

buff: I'll put extra cheese on yours - and mine too for that matter!

Joy said...

Sounds good. I make chili a lot too, but put meat in it. I have used TVP but now that I'm diabetic, I have to go heavy on the protein and low on the carbs. :-( As long as I keep things balanced, I can eat a variety and still have carbs I know and love. But I digress. Sorry.

doggybloggy said...

joy: am I missing something here....tofu and its soy derivatives are lacking in carbs...at least I thought they were....

Michelle said...

These tofu dishes look pretty good. But I think I would prefer the real stuff!

Urban Vegan said...

I'm not worthy...
I'm not worthy...

Mandi said...

Thanks again Dog for the inspiration, I love the fact that you give the vegan option. My eldest is vegan and we are ALWAYS trying to find interesting things to cook!!!

Zombie Mom said...

That looks so super yummy... I am chile and pepper fiend (I buy spices when I travel - not always super fun at customs)... however, I have been too sick to cook and that dish would totally hit the spot...

I also love my zip-loc Indian grocery spices... whats not to love... mmmm, now I want something with tumeric...

Beth said...

vegan is so over-rated...gimmie meat! But I DO have to admit, I'd probably eat this cuz this looks reallyyyyy good, esp. that avocado!! mmmmmmmmm....

seriously, if you don't audition for Top Chef, there is something wrong with you man...can you imagine David Dust re-capping that show with YOU on it!!!!!!

pinknest said...

you like chile?! soychilada! a wonderful word to say.

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