Cooking Spells

toil and trouble free yummylicious vegetarian concoctions

Leave a comment

Bootylicious Chili Tofu

  • Firm or extra firmTofu           2 bricks
  • La Choy Soy sauce                 4 tbsp
  • Ketchup                                  3 tbsp
  • Red Onion chopped                1 – 1 and ½ cups
  • Cilantro chopped                    1/3 cup
  • garlic and ginger                     1 tbsp ( finely chopped 3 cloves garlic and ¼ inch ginger)
  • Green chili pepper                   1 tsp -1 tbsp, depending on personal preference
  • Green onion (optional)            ½ cup chopped
  • Red Chili paste, the kind offered in thai and Chinese restaurants, (according to taste bud immunity to peppers)


  1. Wrap the Tofu in paper towels and dry as much as possible. Cut in cubes.
  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large open non-stick pan and stir fry the tofu until golden. Stir fry the tofu in batches adding extra vegetable oil to the pan between batches if needed. It is advisable to shake the pan and not handle the tofu with the spatula too much until the tofu looks slightly golden brown. Flip occasionally and press down on the tofu, to brown evenly and until moisture evaporates.  Remove from pan on a dish lined with paper towels.
  3. In the same pan, pour in the soy sauce; squirt the ketchup, and the red chili paste.  Heat until it starts to bubble (within a minute or so).
  4. Stir in the tofu well until it is coated with the sauce.
  5. Allow it cook on medium high, till the tofu absorbs the juices and flavors~ about 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle evenly the chopped onions, green onions, cilantro, ginger garlic paste and green chili pepper and give it a quick stir.  Cover for a few minutes before you serve as an appetizer or over rice for a hearty meal. If you plan on eating this with rice, add 2 tbsps of water to the sauce while cooking.
  7. NOTE: Some soy sauces are extremely rich and thick and only a little might be required.  (In that case you might want to add some water to the sauce mixture). La choy soy sauce is your regular soy sauce, a little more on the dilute side.









P.F. Chang Who? Vegetarian Lettuce Rolls

Lettuce Wraps

This makes for a great appetizer or lunch.  One time I took this to a party and it was a super hit.  I was asked for the recipe by several people. The serving dish was down to bare bones within seconds.

  • Tofu Firm                               2 bricks
  • Soy sauce                                3       tbsp
  • Green leaf lettuce                    leaves      cleaned and dried with a paper towel
  • Cilantro chopped                    1/3 cup
  • garlic                                       3      big cloves garlic
  • ginger                                      1 ½      cms ginger
  • Red      Chili paste                       on      the side
  • spicy      mustard                          on      the side
  • Vegetable      Oil                          2-2      ½  tablespoons


  1. Dry the tofu using paper towels to get as much moisture out as possible.  Don’t squeeze lest you crumble it.
  2. Dice into 1*1.25 cms.
  3. Heat a heavy bottomed wide skillet or pan and add 1 ½ tbsp of vegetable oil.
  4. Heat the oil for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat or until hot.
  5. Add one of the diced tofu to the skillet and give the skillet a few good shakes.
  6. Use a spatula to carefully handle the tofu, stirring occasionally without      crumbling the tofu.
  7. Adjust the heat to medium high and let tofu cook for 10 minutes, stirring      occasionally and adjusting heat as needed until tofu looks golden.
  8. Remove from skillet onto a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the second brick      of diced tofu.  You may want to add      another ½ or 1 tbsp of oil if needed.
  9. While the tofu is cooking, place your cilantro, garlic and ginger in a chopper and chop till finely chopped.
  10.  Add the soy sauce and stir to coat all the tofu and cook for another 3-5 minutes on medium high heat.
  11. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro, ginger and garlic and give it a quick stir.  Turn off heat.
  12. To serve arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and place the tofu over it.
  13. Serve with spicy red chili paste and spicy mustard on the side.

NOTE: If taking this to a party, keep the lettuce and tofu separate until ready to serve.  Place the lettuce on a platter. Place the tofu in a microwave safe dish.  Cove with a moist paper towel and heat the tofu.  Place it on the lettuce bed and attack.