Back in the US, my daughter and I would frequent a Chinese restaurant, close to home. Of course being vegetarians, we had very few options, the usual lo mein and fried rice, but once I was surprised to find basil in the lo mein (noodles). It gave such a nice flavor and blended well with Chinese style of cooking. I had wanted to try it at home, so this time when I did a stir fry with broccoli and tofu, I used basil ( was so happy that we can get basil now in Chennai). It turned out very good, if you love basil like me, then you should definitely give this a try..
Need To Have
- Toasted Extra Firm Tofu Cubes - 1 cup
- Broccoli Florets - 1 + 1/2 cup
- Onions - 2 medium sliced
- Red Chilly Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Soy Sauce - 1 teaspoon
- Basil Leaves - 1 handful or 1/4 cup packed chopped
Blanch the broccoli florets ( add to boiling water for 2 minutes and rinse in cold water). Heat some oil, add the sliced onions, saute till it turns pink for about 3 minutes, then add the broccoli.
Mix, then add the chilly powder, soy sauce, salt and a tablespoon of water, saute for another 5 minutes. Finally add the tofu and the chopped basil, mix well and serve it warm, garnished with some fresh basil.
Toast slabs of tofu and then cube it.
Increase the amount of soy sauce or chilli powder as required, if needed you can add some black pepper powder at the end.