Kokako's Thai coconut tofu curry with pawpaw
This recipe, from head chef Rohan Horner, makes an amazing light dinner option for a balmy evening. The warm curried tofu is complemented by a crisp salad and a surprising punch of lime. Delicious.
|1 knob||Fresh ginger|
|1 stalk||Lemongrass, bashed and diced|
|¼ cup||Canola oil|
|½ tsp||Ground cinnamon|
|1 tsp||Ground turmeric|
|2 cups||Coconut milk|
|2 Tbsp||Canola oil|
|2 Tbsp||Coconut sugar|
|2 Tbsp||Tamari sauce|
|1 serving||Fresh lime juice|
|1 serving||Lemongrass, preserved|
|3 cups||Firm tofu, I use Tonzu tofu available from most good supermarkets|
To make the curry paste
- Peel the shallots, ginger, and garlic.
- Cut and discard the top third of the stick of lemongrass
- Bash the remaining lemongrass with a rolling pin and remove the outside 2 layers.
- Dice as fine as possible
- Dice the remaining vegetables into approx 1cm cubes and place all ingredients into a food processer.
- Blend until a fine paste.
To make the curry sauce
- Heat oil in a large pan until smoking hot.
- Add the curry paste and fry for 5mins; or until the paste has coloured lightly and when you smell the paste the chilli tickles your nostrils.
- Add the coconut sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes, allowing the sugar to caramelise slightly.
- Quickly add the coconut milk, tamari sauce and bruised lemongrass.
- Bring to the boil. Once boiled remove from the heat and add the juice of 2 limes.
- Add tofu into the hot sauce crushing it through your fingers as you go.
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl
Ladle curry tofu into 4 bowls and serve with the crisp salad and a wedge of fresh lime on top.
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