This is my absolute favorite recipe when I am feeling sick, my tummy hurts or my joints ache! It is packed with turmeric (which always makes me feel clean on the inside and reduces inflammation) and butter (mmmmm). This is a real comfort food. Some of these ingredients are found at Indian specialty food shops. My favorite store for spices is called Kalustyan's. You can order online or visit their brick and mortar store on Lexington ave between 28th and 29th. Kalustyan's also has a great deli counter upstairs!
This recipe serves two. I like to double it up and use the leftovers as filling for my swiss chard rolls that I bring for lunch during the week! (note: hing is also called asafoetida).
1/2 pound (1/2 package) tofu
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon hing
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Warm ghee or melt butter in heavy skillet. Add mustard seeds and heat until they begin to pop. Add tofu, putting whole cube into skillet and then mashing it into small pieces with a fork in the skillet. Add rest of ingredients, stirring well. Cook on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
We Swans love to eat this with a side of sautéed greens and a healthy grain. It is a quick, easy and comforting meal, perfect for nights when you get home late from work but still want something healthy and home cooked!