Red Curry Tofu with Fall Vegetables
Red curry paste--a flavorful mix of chiles, lemongrass, ground shrimp, and more--is one of the great creations of the Thai kitchen. And it's available in jars, making it possible to cook this complex-tasting dish in just a half-hour.
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- Calories: 380
- Calories from fat: 69%
- Protein: 13g
- Fat: 29g
- Saturated fat: 20g
- Carbohydrate: 24g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Sodium: 830mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 1 pkg. (about 14 oz.) firm tofu, drained
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar or demerara sugar
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallot
- 1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk, divided
- 1 to 2 tbsp. Thai red curry paste*, such as Mae Ploy brand
- 6 kaffir lime (also called makrut or wild lime) leaves* or 2 tsp. lime zest
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces peeled butternut squash chunks
- 3 heads baby bok choy (about 12 oz. total), leaves separated
- 1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce*
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon tapioca flour* or cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- Steamed rice
- 1. Wrap tofu in a towel, place a cutting board and a few cans or other weights on top, and weight 10 minutes to squeeze out excess water. Cut tofu into thick strips.
- 2. Heat oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add tofu and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tofu begins to brown, 3 minutes. Add shallot and cook until tofu and shallot are browned, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.
- 3. Reserve 1/4 cup coconut milk; add the rest to pan, along with curry paste, lime leaves, bell pepper, and squash. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.
- 4. Add bok choy, cover loosely, and cook until bok choy is crisp-tender, 3 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together reserved 1/4 cup coconut milk, the fish sauce, lime juice, and tapioca flour. Stir into pan, then add tofu-shallot mixture; simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve over rice.
- *Find curry paste, fish sauce, and tapioca powder in the Asian-food aisle of well-stocked grocery stores; find lime leaves in the produce section.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without rice.
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