January 26, 2012

Royal tofu with king oyster mushrooms

I vegetarianized this recipe from royal chicken cooked in yogurt from Madhur Jaffrey's Quick and Easy Indian Cooking to royal tofu with king oyster mushrooms (royal theme, get it!). If the yogurt is simmered down, or cooked too long, it will separate. Lower fat yogurts separate a bit more than full fat yogurt. Add the yogurt sauce at the very end, almost as a finishing touch. Give it a quick stir to heat up, then turn the heat off and serve immediately. Serve with some red lentil dhal, rice, and papads. Lekker!

If you use chicken instead of tofu, it can be prepared almost the exact same way; cook the chicken first, and follow the directions here. Although I guarantee that prepping tofu is cleaner, and has much less of an ick factor when cutting and managing. Ew. Raw uncooked meats are *so* gross.

I'm following an online photography class that the hubs showed me from Reddit; I got a new camera, and I'm learning how to use it and become familiar with it. I know some of these pictures on the past few posts have been blurry, but you wouldn't believe me if I told you that I took over 107 images (of mushrooms! of this dish! insanity! of brownies!) and they all managed to be blurry. Boohoo. So, I'm learning.

The full album of the new First Aid Kit is now on the free version of Spotify. See I give you music recs, beer drinking recs (with this dish a cold, crisp, and bland pils - Stella - would be good), and good recipes.

Royal tofu with king oyster mushrooms
Serves: 4

1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed.
2 tbsp peanut oil for pan frying tofu
4 king oyster mushrooms quartered, or 2 cups regular white button mushrooms, sliced
(Note: measure out whole mushrooms then slice)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 cup red onion slices, plus about ¼ cup more finely diced onion for garnish
1 bay leaf
4 whole cardamom pods (remove, when you serve)
2 cinnamon sticks (or ½ tsp cinnamon)
few cloves
¼ cup raisins
2 tbsp slivered almonds

For yogurt sauce:
1 cup yogurt
1 tbsp chopped ginger
2 cloves garlic slivered
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro and chopped green onions
salt to taste

  1. Press the tofu and set aside. Meanwhile add about ½ tbsp of oil to a cast iron pan or non-stick skillet (medium-high heat) and saute the mushrooms. Remove from the pan once done.
  2. Make the yogurt sauce by combining the yogurt with ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, cayenne powder, cilantro, and green onions. Adjust for salt and spices.
  3. Add enough peanut oil (2 tbsp or less) to the cast iron or non-stick pan and heat over medium-high. Cut the tofu into cubes, and lightly salt. Once the pan is hot, add the tofu to the pan being careful not to crowd the pan. Don’t touch the tofu for at least 5-7 minutes. Let it sit there until it begins to get golden on the brown. Even then, try not to touch it. Give the pan a few shakes, once the tofu becomes unstuck, it’s ready to flip. Be patient. Continue adding tofu to the pan, and cooking it the same way. You’ll end up with perfect pan-fried golden tofu. Remove from pan once done.
  4. To the same pan, add in mustard seeds. They should pop fast. Then add in onion slices, bay leaf, a few cloves, whole cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Toss in a handful of raisins and almonds. Once the raisins begin to plump (it should be very fast), add in tofu and mushrooms, and follow it up with the yogurt sauce. Stir it around enough to heat everything through, then turn off and serve immediately. Garnish with extra cilantro and finely diced onion.


  1. You are just trying to kick us US-residents in the face, aren't you? Tease us with music recs that are not available in the US, have us salivate over all the beer & cheese options available to you...

    I'm removing your feed from my RSS reader RIGHT NOW.

    Just kidding. Your photos & prose make me come back all the time.

    1. I look forward to your comments with every post I write! I made a tartiflette last night; it was very yummy, and this time I used reblochon (and too much cream and wine). Made it for 8 of us. So yummus.

  2. Hey I made this on Friday night :)