Meera Sodha's Scrambled Tofu Akuri

This vegan breakfast is no mere substitute for scrambled eggs; it's a deliciously flavourful dish in its own right, full of ginger, garlic, fresh chilli, and spices.

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Introduction

Scrambled tofu is not a poor substitute for scrambled eggs but a genuine contender; silken tofu’s mild personality makes it a perfect vehicle for louder Indian flavours. Here I’ve cooked the scrambled tofu akuri-style, which is how the Parsi community eat their scrambled eggs – using the holy trinity of ginger, garlic and chilli, seasoned with cumin and fresh coriander.

Serves 2

Ingredients

500g silken tofu
½ tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus extra to serve
1 large red onion, very finely chopped
1 green finger chilli, very finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1cm ginger, peeled and grated
1 medium sweet vine tomato (70g), finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp salt
4 slices of bread, toasted, to serve

Instructions

Line a sieve with kitchen paper or a clean cloth, carefully place the tofu in the sieve and allow to drain over a bowl for at least 10 minutes. Place the cumin seeds in a pestle and mortar and crush to a coarse powder.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and, when hot, add the ground cumin seeds. Stir-fry for a minute until the smell rises, then add the onion. Fry for 8 minutes until soft, sweet and browning, and add the chilli, garlic and ginger. Fry for 2 minutes, then add the tomato, coriander, turmeric and salt.

Take the tofu and crush it between your fingers into the pan (or mash it in the pan with a potato masher). Cook for a few more minutes, until the tofu is piping hot and well mixed with the other ingredients, then serve immediately on toast, drizzled with oil if you wish, alongside ketchup and a pot of chai.

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