Katsu curries (even vegan ones) are becoming increasing common in restaurants and supermarkets, but if you glace at the nutritional information, more than likely you’ll be shocked at how many calories and how much oil there is.
This recipe is a ‘healthier’ take on these. Here we bake our tofu instead of deep or shallow frying and instead of a high calorie sauce that’s swimming in oil and milks, we use blended vegetables.
Don’t be fooled however, this curry is still just as tasty!
This recipe calls for firm or extra firm tofu which needs to be pressed to get some of the excess water out of it.
The recipe gives instructions on how to press tofu but if you want to try something different, here are a few tricks that I have learnt over the years for drying out tofu better than traditional pressing does:
- Put the whole container of tofu in the freezer until frozen (it can be frozen for as long as you wish) and get it out a few hours before you plan to use it to let it defrost – this brings out so much more water than traditional pressing does.
- Once your tofu is defrosted, drain the excess water and place on a plate and microwave for approximately 20 secs, a lot of water should come out – mop this up with a clean tea towel or paper towel.
Tofu is one of my favourite vegan protein sources as it’s so versatile and absorbs any flavours that you want it to. Beans (kidney, pinto, chickpeas, garden peas, lentils… etc. ) are some of the most disease preventing foods on the earth, and tofu is just fermented soy beans!
Tofu has been put to the test for many decades for prevention and treatment of cancers (such as breast and prostate) and the results are incredible!
Animal proteins can be so harsh on our livers and causes a lot of inflammation and even protein leakage in the urine whereas tofu is proven to come with none of these complications!
I definitely recommend giving this curry a try – I’m always shocked at how creamy the blended vegetables make the sauce! Serve this curry with rice and maybe some vegetables on the side.