This extremely delicious and flavorful Spinach and Tofu (Bean curd) dish, is great for Vegetarians. It’s high in nutrients and really easy on the taste buds. This is a recipe I created and I gave it a lil’ Trini kick (bandanya/shadon beni). It’s my Trini version of the East Indian dish- Saag Paneer.
Hope you enjoy it!
6-8 cups of canola oil (for frying the tofu)
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 Packs of Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
2 packets of Sazon Goya con culantro y achiote (or salt, ground black pepper, granulated garlic or garlic powder, dried ground coriander seed, cumin, oregano and ground annatto seeds)
1/2 of an onion chopped finely
1 head of garlic chopped finely
1/2 of a hot pepper, chopped
4 leaves of shadon beni/bandanya/recao/culantro (or cilantro if you can’t find this) chopped.
1 big bag of Spinach
1 tbsp of plain yogurt
1/2 can of coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and dry tofu. Chop into small bite size cubes. Season with the Sazon and leave it to marinate for about 30 minutes. Then fry it until it shrinks to half its size and develops a nice crisp on the outside. Set aside into a well lined plate or bowl to drain the excess oil.
Wash spinach thoroughly and let it drain until you’re ready to use it.
- Add the coconut oil to your pan, which is placed on low heat. Add the onion, pepper and garlic and saute it for about 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, place spinach into the pan and add about 1 tsp of salt and a dash of black pepper. Add the half can of coconut milk at this point. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 20 mins.
- At this point, the spinach will reduce significantly. Use your potato masher and mash the spinach to break it down further. Add 1/2 cup of water to the pan now and the yogurt. Stir well and then add the chopped shadon beni. Now, add the fried tofu. Stir it, cover the pan and raise the heat to high.
- When it comes to a rapid boil, take the cover off and let it simmer and reduce. When it has reduced and becomes thick, turn off and Enjoy!
This can be enjoyed with Rice, Roti or by itself.
Check out my YouTube video where this is much easier to understand:
With love and a spoonful of honey,
Taste of Trini ❤