Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pineapple & Tofu Red Curry

Happy Halloween!  Because we can't live on candy alone (although I may sometimes seem like I'm trying to), I decided today would be a good day for a nourishing savory dish.  Although I rarely make curries, when I do I usually want them to include two things: lots of sauce for the rice to sop up, and big chunks of fresh pineapple.

The Ingredients:
1 package extra-firm tofu
2 1/2 c fresh pineapple chunks
1 1/2 c coconut milk
1 1/2 c vegetable broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 c chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish
2 T red curry paste
1-2 thai chilis, minced, or chili paste to taste
1 T minced ginger

The Process:
  1. In a nonstick pan, fry tofu over medium-high heat in a little oil until golden on both sides.  Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ginger and curry paste in a little oil until fragrant, about 1 1/5 minutes.
  3. Raise heat to medium-high, add onion and celery, and continue to cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until onion is softened.
  4. Add bell peppers and continue to cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add broth, pineapple, and chilis, and bring to a simmer.  
  6. Stir in tofu and coconut milk, return to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 c cilantro.  Serve over rice and garnish with more cilantro.
Whew! With that, I guess Vegan MoFo is over.  This has been my favorite MoFo yet, and I've had a lot of fun trying to come up with interesting variations on my theme ingredients each week.  I'll be sticking with the pineapple/coconut posts through the end of the week, including a delightful little dessert I cooked up for the Virtual Vegan Potluck tomorrow.  After that, I'll be back to roughly once-weekly posting, with a temporary hiatus expected in February when I anticipate being busy with such other endeavors as having a baby.  Thanks to everyone who has dropped by my blog this month, especially to the folks whose kind comments on my posts have brightened my days!


  1. Yum! I love sweet and spicy together. Do you think pineapple would go well in masaman curry? I have a huge tub of paste left and need to get creative with it!

    1. I haven't tried it, but I think it would be good. Then again, I like pineapple in just about everything.

  2. I"ve really loved this Vegan Mofo, all the cooking and the reading all the blogs. I'll miss having so much to read everyday! I've really enjoyed your themes - particularly chocolate and mint!

  3. Congrats on such a successful MoFo! I've enjoyed your posts, and that curry looks fantastic!!


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