Black sesame & Coriander Tofu Skewers

Yuuu-huu!

I’m currently munching on these tofu skewers while writing. Yep, I’m so excited that I couldn’t wait.

The recipe is actually inspired by the non-vegan skewers people usually make. I don’t think many realize that tasty food is all about spices, condiments and sauces.

When was the last time you ate raw meat? Hopefully never. There’s always some kind of marinate or condiment involved that makes it taste good. So why not apply the same principle to vegetables? Trust me, it’s as simple as it seems.

You can even leave these skewers in the fridge overnight to enhance the flavours. That will make this recipe very easy to put together.

 

Ingredients for 4-5 skewers:

  • 350-400g extra firm tofu
  • 20g black sesame seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • handful of fresh chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • juice from one lemon
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1,5 tbsp of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of chickpea birne aka aquafaba – optional

Peanut Sauce:

  • 15g of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of water (if you like to a thicker sauce, skip the water)
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of chili flakes
  • 1 garlic clove – optional

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.
  2. Cut the tofu in 8/10 cubes and place them in a bowl.
  3. Blend all the remaining ingredients (expect flour and aquafaba) in a small blender and pulse until you achieve a consistent paste.
  4. Pour the paste over the tofu and gently rub the pieces with the mixture until everything is well coated. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 30-45 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, pour the aquafaba into the mixture. If you don’t have any on your hands,  don’t worry. It will work out without it – it just helps keeping everything together. Next, add the flour and gently rub everything once again to make sure it’s well coated in flour. If you feel like it needs more, feel free to add it.
  6. Now it’s time to bake them. I left mine for ~9 minutes but I was using my air-fryer. If you are using a normal oven, you should bake them for 10-15 minutes or until crispy. Pro-tip: turn on the fan for crispier results.
  7. While they are baking, blend all sauce ingredients in a small blender until smooth.
  8. Once the time is up and they look golden brown, remove from the oven and drizzle with peanut sauce.

This is a great recipe on it’s own but it also goes really well with a fresh raw salad, rice or stir-fried veggies.

 

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