Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tofu, Potato and Broccoli Patties

I never get tired of watching the movie "Mary Poppins". Of all the things she has to offer, one thing that stood by me was the message that there is an element of fun in every job and once you discover that fun element, the job is no longer a chore. How amazing is that. The little guy and I have seen this movie countless number of times and we sing spoonful of sugar ad nauseum.

When I came across this Tofu challenge at Cate's Cates called the non-terrifying tofu, it reminded me of my own very interesting tofu mishaps. For the longest time I dreaded the "T" word. Once the little  guy took a bite of fried Tofu and swore never to go near it ever again. That's when I decided we need to discover the fun element in Tofu.

Tofu is coagulated soy milk. It is sometimes referred as bean curd. It is bland, has literally no taste. However, it can absorb flavors amazingly well. If we add the right amount and right kind of seasoning or spice, it tastes awesome. The key is to cook it just about right, if not you will be chewing on to a piece of rubber, for that's exactly how overcooked tofu feels like.

Tofu by itself is a fuzzy mushy  lifeless soul with no way to express it self. We need to give the Tofu a reason to be emotional and soulful. I said it before and I say it again, the quintessential savior in my kitchen is the potato. I have salvaged many disastrous just by adding potatoes. I realized the potatoes are exactly the fun element we need. Tofu and Potatoes together in the form of a patty sounded pretty amazing.Adding potatoes, Broccoli and few spices makes these Tofu patties soulful, emotional, delectable and best of all irresistible.

Here is the fun Recipe that will make you fall in love with Tofu.

Start with extra firm Tofu, this will hold well in the patties. Drain the Tofu completely and let it dry on a paper towel.

1 cup of boiled potatoes

1 cup of steamed Broccoli finely chopped (You can get creative here and add any vegetable you feel like, boiled peas or carrots, spinach, green onions are some options)

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp of red chili powder

1 tsp of turmeric

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp of Thai Green curry paste

2 tsp of chick pea flour - This is gluten free and a great substitute for regular flour.

1 egg

1 cup of panko bread crumbs + another 1 cup for tossing the patties in before frying.

salt  as needed - keep in mind that the bread crumbs have some salt in them and adjust the salt accordingly. The first time I made these they were a little too salty.

You can use a food processor or blender to mix all the ingredients. To make it fun the little guy and I went in for the best kitchen tools ever - our hands. It may be a bit messy, but I say never be afraid of touching your food.

Crumble the drained tofu in to a bowl. To this add the boiled mashed potatoes and the chopped/steamed broccoli.

Add the spices,  green curry paste, soy sauce, chickpea flour and the bread crumbs.

Blend them all together.

Add the egg and salt. Blend the mixture one more time.

Make small patties or balls or what ever shape you want them to be and toss them in the panko bread crumbs. The patties at this point can be stored in the refrigerator. You can make these ahead of time and fry them the next day after they come to room temperature.
Tofu Potato patties tossed in the bread crumbs 

Shallow fry the patties in olive oil until they are golden brown. About a minute or two on both sides. Drain them on a paper towel to remove the excess oil. They taste best when served hot.

The panko bread crumbs add an excellent crunchy texture which compliments the smoothness of the Tofu. The potatoes and Tofu are meant to be together. The spices add a subtleness without overpowering the Tofu.

I agree with Ms Mary Poppins, finding an element of fun makes everything including the Tofu lots of fun.

Linked to Tofu challenge at .catescates and Marvelous Mondays at thisgalcooks.                            willcookforsmiles at

Nibbles by Nic at munching-mondays

Maniac Mondays at serendipityandspice.
In and out of the Kitchen at feedingbig. 
Wonderfully creative Wednesdays at allshecooks.