Sweet and Sour Tofu

I love the strong flavours in Chinese food, this colourful dish recreates them without all the extra sugar and salt.  The bromelain in the pineapple is anti inflammatory and aids digestions.  This is healthy and delicious!

Sweet and Sour Tofu 600


Ingredients serves 2

a large onion, sliced

half a medium pineapple, diced (one inch pieces)

half a teaspoon of tamarind paste

a small handful of dried porcini mushrooms (or shiitake)

a one inch pieces of ginger, chopped

3 gloves of garlic, minced

a teaspoon of turmeric

a green pepper (bell pepper, capsicum), diced (one inch pieces)

2 to 3 teaspoons of dried chillies (depending on how spicy you like it!)

a tablespoon of agave nectar

2 tablespoons of dark soy salt

a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

the juice of half a lime

200g (7 ounces) of firm tofu, diced (one inch pieces)

a teaspoon of sesame seeds

vegetable oil

salt and pepper


Heat a small amount of oil in a large lidded pan and sprinkle with salt, stir to coat and fry on a low heat for 5 minutes

In the meantime soak the dried mushrooms in 100ml of hot water and add the tamarind paste to the water

Add the pineapple, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chillies and some black pepper to the onion

Add the green pepper and stir thorough, adding a drop more oil if necessary

Add the soaked mushrooms and tamarind along with the water, the lime juice, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and agave nectar.  Stir and bring slowly to the boil, simmer for ten minutes or so, the pepper and onions should still have crunch

Add the tofu, stir gently so as not to break it up, sprinkle on the sesame seeds, put the lid on and continue to simmer for five minutes

Delicious served with brown rice



One thought on “Sweet and Sour Tofu

  1. Thank you, I’ve just been searching for veggie inspiration. Some of your other recipes look more delicious but this sounds interesting (and healthy too)

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