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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tofu Balls with Cabbage

Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie and yummy :-)
Source
Adapted from the Food Obsessed blog

Taste 4 (out of 5)

Difficulty
2 (out of 5)

Ingredients

- 350 g extra firm tofu (400 cal)
- 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 cabbage leaves, finely shredded (10 cal)
- 2 medium sized carrots, finely shredded (40 cal)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed (5 cal)
- 2 tbsp garlic chives, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup quinoa cooked (155 cal)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (20 cal)
- 1/3 cup tahini (390cal)
- 3 tbsp tamarind sauce (70 cal)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp chili paste (sambal oelek)
- 1/4 cup cornmeal (110 cal)
Total 15 tofu balls, 1200 cal, 80 cal / ball

Instructions

1. In a food processor, grind the tofu until its texture resembles that of breadcrumbs.
2. Pour the cornmeal onto a dry clean plate and set aside.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and pulse several times until mixed well.
4. Scoop large balls with an ice-cream scoop and roll in the cornmeal to coat the balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 15 minutes.

Afterthoughts

- Very nice, crumbly and light balls, somewhat resemble falafel, probably because of the tahini :-).
- These balls are great with some yogurt sauce. Sonia used a mint flavored sauce, I had a lot of cucumbers, so I added those as well.

20 comments:

thefooddoctor said...

I have a confession...
I have never tried tofu before..but these look really tempting

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

This looks yummy! What a fresh and delicious idea.

Alina said...

Very interesting! And healthy! ^_^ Thank you so much for your comments, I was happy to hear you liked the fried eggplant with garlic dip!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

wow clever!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

What a healthy meal! I like how you use cabbage to wrap them up. Reminds me of Japanese stuffed cabbage roll. Not familiar with Tahini sauce, but it looks tasty!

Peggy said...

What an interesting tofu creation!

Rumana Rawat said...

Lovely dish:)

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

These sound healthy and delicious! I like the spices in there and best of all it is gluten-free.

Foodiva said...

I like all the herbs and spices you put in these tofu balls. I bet they were delicious!

Magic of Spice said...

This is a delightful treat, such great use of tofu! A fresh cucumber sauce sounds wonderful to go along side these beauties :)

mywanderingspoon said...

Absolutely beautiful and original....I have to add healthy too. Bravo:)
https://mywanderingspoon.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/sunny-granola-dry-papaya-bars/

Angie's Recipes said...

I love tofu balls! Those look very yummy.

megi said...

I have never had tofu balls, you are inspiring me to try them!

Jill Colonna said...

Right. That does it. Another recipe asking for tahini and I'm going to have to get this. Sounds delicious. And another thing: I need to try tofu. I keep putting it off but these tofu balls look just too tempting!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Wow these balls are full of healthy, flavorful components I bet they taste awesome!

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

Tofu is amazing, and you've done a lovely job with this recipe, I can't wait to try it (and not feel guilty after stuffing my face with them too!)

women-wisdom.com said...

Its a fresh idea. Very healthy and awesome.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

masini vanzare said...

It looks like a nice recipe, i never eat tofu until now, i will try it for sure, i think it is delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Giulietta @ Alterkitchen said...

A bunch of awards for you! :)
http://en.alterkitchen.it/2011/06/06/cherry-clafoutis/

mobile said...

What a great and delicious recipe, very intereseting so i wll give it a try for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing with us and i wish you to have a very nice day.