Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2012

Spicy Curry with Tofu Tikka masala style

Today it is "no meat" day: only Tofu will be harmed. This is a dish I ate at a vegetarian restaurant years ago and I tried to cook it at home afterwards, because I loved the idea of using potatoe dumplings mixed with a tikka masaka style curry.

This is so colonial kitchen or "cross over" but I like it. Indian recipes call for many different spices which build the base of the dish. It is better to use good spices and grind them than to buy ready made curry mixtures. I always have some in storage. 
100 g Tofu, cut in cubes
250 g button mushrooms, quartered
250 g blanched and squeezed spinach leaves (weight after cooking and squeezing)
1 sweet potatoe, cut in cubes
2 big shallots, roughly chopped
1 huge knob ginger, grated
1 garlic glove, minced
3/4  tablespoon flour
1 small can tomatoe chunks (400 g)
1 small can coconut milk (150 ml)
1 tablespoon garam masala
8 dried curry leaves
1 teaspoon curcuma powdered
1 pinch cumin
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
1 good pinch sugar
Worcester sauce - some drops

300 g fresh italian potatoe dumplings (gnocchi di patate) -  ready after 3 minutes simmering / or potaoes peeled, cut in cubes and cooked separately (with a little salt in water).

Roasted spice mixture:
6 cardamom pods, seeds only
5 gloves
2 cm piece cinnamon stick
2 dried hot chilli peppers
1 teaspoon fenugreek

Cook dumpling.

Heat pan and roast spice mixture until fragrant without any fat. Afterwards grind in a motar but without the cinnamon stick. I used an eletric mill.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the pan und roast shallots until translucent, add garlic, spice mixture, garam masala and flour and roast for 1 minute while stirring. Deglace with coconut milk and tomatoe chunks - keep stirring. Add mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cinnamon stick, sesame, sugar, curcuma, cumin and cook on low heat until the sweet potatoes are soft - once in a while add a little water if to thick and sticky. Add spinach and some good pinches salt. Add dumplings or potatoes, reheat and toss, adjust seasoning with salt and worcester sauce.


Hiroyuki hat gesagt…

I like potato dumplings, too! I think I'll make the Japanese version some day.

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Yes, this small potato dumplings are great in stews especially with meat. They are very convenient.

Sissi hat gesagt…

Gnocchi in an Indian dish sound like an excellent idea. I agree they are great in every type of saucy dish. I think I will make something with tofu this weekend too!