Pomegranate and Chili Tofu

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.

It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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For the fried tofu:
Tofu, drained, cut into thin strips and patted dry
Corn Flour
2 tsp Thai 7 Spice mix
2 tsp smoked paprika
Vegetable oil (for deep frying)

For the Sauce:
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced, or garlic puree
Equal amount of chopped fresh ginger or puréed ginger
1 tbsp chilli puree or diced chiles (vary according to how hot you like it)
Mirin or Rice Wine (or white wine) 1/2 cup (optional)
2 tbsp pomegranate Molasses
1 tsp rice vinegar
For the Vegetables:
2 medium onion
1 medium yellow pepper
1 medium red pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
An equal amount of ginger, finely chopped


Remember, make this how you like it. If you prefer lots of vegetables, add lots of vegetables. You can even make do without the tofu all together.

Prepare the Tofu.
The most important thing to do is dry the tofu well. It is full of liquid and you are going to be frying it in hot oil. So it is essential to dry really well.

In an open bowl, mix the cornflour, thai 7 spice, paprika. Add the tofu pieces and coat well Fry the tofu on a medium-high heat for around 2-3 minutes and set aside. Do not fry too many pieces together, instead work in batches depending on the size of your pan/wok. Drain on kitchen roll and set aside.

Prepare the vegetables:
In the same wok you made the sauce in (the left over sauce on the wok adds to the flavour of the vegetables) add a little oil and add your ginger and garlic. Fry for 1 minute.

Add all your vegetables and cook until caramelised , about 5 minutes. (Tip: adding a spoonful of the sauce helps the vegetables get extra flavor and caramelise).

Complete the dish:
Once the vegetables are cooked, add the fried tofu peices to them to warm through. Then add the sauce and mix well. Add your coriander and sprinkle with sesame seeds to garnish. Serve with your choice of boiled rice.

From mongoliankitchen.com