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This is a very asian inspired dish that is great for summer grilling parties. Just have a the dipping sauce ready, along with the lettuce and the marinated tofu and you are ready to start your vegetarian grilling party.
1 cup or more bean sprouts
Lettuce leaves to wrap and eat the dish
HOME MADE CURRY POWDER
1 teaspoon whole cumin
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
1 teaspoon dried turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
MEHTOD FOR MAKING CURRY POWDER
Place a wide pan over medium heat, and toast all the ingredients about 5 minutes, or until the seeds start to just change color and become aromatic. Place in a spice grinder and blend until it becomes a fine powder. Shake well to combine and store until ready for use.
THE PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
200 ml coconut milk
1/2 cup natural-style peanut butter, smooth or chunky
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
Dash cayenne pepper/ red chilli powder
METHOD FOR PEANUT SAUCE
To make the sauce, place all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a decorative serving bowl.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE MARINADE
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons sherry (optional – dry white wine)
2 pounds extra-firm tofu, sliced 1 inch thick and patted very dry, then cut into 1-inch cubes and patted again
Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dry tofu and red pepper and toss gently with a fingers to coat evenly. Let marinate for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. Refrigerate if longer than 1 hour.
Preheat the grill (I use a stove top grill)
Drizzle about 1/3 of the peanut sauce over the tofu. Use a rubber spatula to toss the tofu gently with the sauce. Keep the rest of the sauce aside.
Cook the tofu on the hot grill at least 20 minutes, turning it occasionally untill it is a deep golden brown. Let the tofu cool to room temperature before serving.
For serving, place the tofu on lettuce leafs (torn such that the tofu can sit on it), sprinkle some bean sprouts and drizzle a bit of peanut dipping sauce and serve immediately.