Monday, April 7, 2014

favorite vegan recipe I: sweet & sour

after I participated at Matimuk for the "Zwischenzeit"I & II
I decided to post some of my favorite vegan recipes

I start with a classical sweet & sour
my sister gave it to me 20 years ago when I started to be a vegetarian and to live on my own
it's real comfort food and tastes good even 2 days after you cook it

Sweet & sour tofu


2cm ginger root, grated
2 tbs sugar
3 tbs vinegar, I take rice vinegar
2 tbs concentrated tomato
3 tbs soja sauce
2 tbs sherry or sake
5 tbs orange juice or apple juice with some lemonjuice

stir the ingredients well together


2 cucumbers, in half, seeded, gut into pieces
1/2 kohlrabi, cut into pieces
1 red paprica, cut into slices
1 carrot, cut into pieces
any green like cabbage, spinach, broccoli, even salad, cut
1 mango, cut into pieces
2 red onions or spring onions, cut into rings
300 g tofu, pressed for 1/2 hour, to release all the water, cut into pieces, sprinkled with flour

in oil fry the tofu from all sides
in another pan fry in oil the vegetables, start with the mango, kohlrabi, onions, paprica, cucumbers and finally the greens
I do it in a wok, actually one by one, and mix it together at the end

finally pour the well stired sauce over it and let cook for about 3 minutes

serve with basmati rice

you can use all other vegetables you have in your fridge, the mango is necessary for the sweet taste

the rice I wash 3 times, using the water for the plants=excellent fertilizer!
then I let stand the rice in water for at least 1 hour=the grain gets much longer
pour the water away and add 1 1/2 times the amount of rice in water to cook it for 12 minutes with lid on it, let rest for 10 minutes or more

the photo is taken 2 days after I cooked it, actually without tofu, I fryed the rice!
second photo shows how tofu gets really firm to fry it easy

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