Crispy Salt and Pepper Tofu with Turmeric
By Amy Crawford
I've got a love hate relationship with Uber Eats. I love it for the ease and for the fact I can have the most delicious nourish bowls of all varieties delivered to my Netflix-facing lap, at all times of the day.
(Rest assured my lap is not actually facing Netflix at all times of the day..).
I dislike it for the fact it brings out the laziness in me and encourages the unnecessary spending of money (Ubereats does not support a desire to grow one's house deposit, let's be honest). It's become too easy to hit a button on the phone, particularly when there's (seemingly) no transaction.
So it is that I have recently become accustomed to whipping up this Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu dish, more so when I feel a takeaway urge coming on. It scratches the 'just a little bit naughty' itch that take outs seem to temper, and can be thrown together and on your lap within ten minutes flat.
It also eases the tension between myself and my savings account, being somewhat cheaper to throw together (than the bowls that miraculously appear at my door).
200 grams firm or hard tofu (more for heftier appetites), sliced and cut into cubes
1 heaped tablespoon tapioca or arrowroot flour
1 dessert spoon coconut oil
1/3 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 good pinches of sea salt
Ground black pepper
Put a small frying pan on the stove on medium to high heat and give it time to get really hot.
Combine your flour, turmeric, salt and lots of ground pepper in a bowl. Add your cubed tofu and tumble it around, coating it evenly in the flour mix.
Add the coconut oil to the frying pan and when fully melted and hot, gently tip in the tofu cubes. Leave it to fry for 3-4 minutes on one side. When browned turn the cubes over to fry 3-4 minutes on the other side. The tofu is done when it's browned both sides.
Remove from the heat and add to a salad or veggie stir fry of choice.
If you too are doing your best to avoid Uber Eats and would appreciate some quick and easy budget-friendly meals, give one of these dishes a go: One Pan Baked Eggs with Chorizo, Ten Minute Spicy Baked Chicken or a Roast Vegetable Frittata with Goats Cheese.
Have you any variations to this salt and pepper tofu dish? I'm all ears, so please feel free to share any recommendations!