Spicy tofu scramble

Spicy tofu scramble

scrambled tofu on toast close up

Tofu scramble is one of these genius vegan hacks that make being vegan so easy these days. Someone clever has noticed that sprinkling black Indian salt on silken tofu makes it turn into a convincing plate of scrambled eggs.

I read about this combination a while ago but I was not able to find black salt here so I could not test it until my friend Briony turned up on my doorstep with a bag of Indian goodies.

Once I made it, I was shocked how much like scrambled eggs it actually tastes. Duncan, as always, was sceptical, but cleared his plate in record time and came back down asking for seconds. He is totally converted now.

scrambled tofu in a pan

scrambled tofu on toast breakfast

scrambled tofu on toast

scrambled tofu on toast top down

serves
4
PREP
10 min
COOKING
10 min
serves
4
PREPARATION
10 min
COOKING
10 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 350 g silken (firm) tofu
  • 2 small spring onions, sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ fresh red chilli, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp of ground black salt (kala namak)*
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 slices of bread (gluten-free for GF version), toasted
METHOD
  1. Heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan, on low-medium heat. Add chopped garlic and fry, stirring frequently, until it softens and releases its beautiful aroma.
  2. Place tomato halves cut side down on the pan and fry them in the garlicky oil gently until they soften a little. Remove garlic and tomatoes from the pan and set aside.
  3. Toast the bread slices under a grill.
  4. Heat up another tablespoon of oil (or half a tablespoon if have some oil left in the pan) and fry spring onions and chilli slices on low-medium heat until softened.
  5. Add a block of silken tofu and break it into small pieces with a fork.
  6. Sprinkle with turmeric and black salt and stir it around and fry for another two minutes. Finally add tomatoes and garlic back to the pan to warm up.
  7. Pile tofu scramble onto warm toast, decorate with avocado slices and season with pepper and regular salt. Consume immediately.

NOTES
*Black salt (kala namak) is a type of salt used in Asia/India (so look for it in Asian greengrocers). It has quite a pungent smell and a distinctive flavour due to high sulphur content. It makes tofu taste and smell like scrambled eggs. I used finely ground black salt (which actually is dusty pink in colour) and I found it to be much less salty than regular sea salt hence I used 2 tsp in this recipe.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
303
15%
sugars
6 g
7%
fats
13 g
18%
saturates
2 g
9%
proteins
12 g
24%
carbs
37 g
14%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Carola:
Hi Ania, thanks for this recipe! I'm going to make this like breakfast burritos and am wondering if I can freeze them. Have you frozen these or other tofu things?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Carola,
    I've never frozen silken tofu, so I'm unsure. The other type of tofu (cotton) can be frozen but freezing changes its texture, although this may be due to there being tiny air pockets trapped within the tofu, which silken tofu does not have. x Ania
Dianne:
Delicious!!! Thank you for posting this. Bet this would be great as an egg salad left over sandwich.... not much was left though!
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm so glad to hear that, Dianne! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! Ania
Shelby:
Can you refrigerate for next day use? Looks great, need something I can fry up in a flash though :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    I haven't tried that, Shelby, but I don't see why that's a bad idea. Ania
Elise:
do you need to press the tofu first?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Elise,
    No, not in this case. I used silken tofu here as its texture resembles an egg closer and you generally don't press silken tofu, as far as I know, only the cotton one. Ania
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