Hot Pink Tofu Fesenjan

My friends of Persian and Middle Eastern origin may want to slap me for making up this dish and the cheesy title . . . sorry folks.  I’ve had too many beige foods over the holidays — bratwurst, pork roast & shoulder, sauerkraut, bread dumpling, gravy, etc., and I felt an itch of playfulness coming on.  No sooner was I buried in my reading chair with Lucia Shafia’s book, Lucid Food, when I realized I had all the necessary ingredients for Fesenjan, the unctuous, savory/sweet chicken and pomegranate molasses/walnut sauce dish, except I lacked chicken.  I am not crazy about chicken anyhow, unless it’s deep friend — it’s an okay bird but to me is more of a “blank canvas” food, meant for sauces.  Enter the “red ticket” organic sprouted bean curd at my local chain grocery store (?! for $2.49 for over a pound).  What better for Angie’s Fiesta Friday #49 than a hot pink dish?  Thank you to my dear friend Mr. Fitz @cookingwithmrfitz for co-hosting this week with Kalia @glutenfree247

Take a beet and some walnuts (I found red walnuts)

Take a beet and some walnuts (I found red walnuts)

Add some pomegranate molasses (or paste), and also some onion, garlic , cayenne and cinnamon

Add about 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses (or paste), and also half a chopped onion, 2 cloves smashed garlic , and a teaspoon each of cayenne and cinnamon






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Toast your nut and roast your beet in quarterss, then saute everything together in olive oil over medium low heat until onion is soft but not caramelized. Add 1 cup any kind of broth and blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For a fresher, zingier sauce, or if you’re feeling lazy or on a yoga cleanse like me . . . throw everything in the blender raw and season to your liking.

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Walk your glass of sauce around the house holding it up to light and things like that, for fun. 🙂

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To your sauce add cubed tofu.

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Heat over medium low heat for about 15 minutes.

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Goes well with rice, quinoa, greens.

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The sauce was really delicious prepared as I did, with raw ingredients, and I thought might be a wonderful addition to ground meat for meatballs, and also as a base for soup, perhaps adding potato or roasted pureed cauliflower for starchiness.  And who doesn’t love hot pink in the dead of winter?

Have a wonderful weekend!


27 Comments on “Hot Pink Tofu Fesenjan

  1. Love the pink! I made fesenjun with sumac, but the colour comes nowhere close to your gorgeous pink.

  2. Lovely recipe. I stay in the middle eastern region but never heard of this. Soo much we can learn from the fellow bloggers. 🙂

  3. Now that is a way to get me to eat tofu! If of course you could get the glass back off me as I too would wander all over the house to look at the pretty colours!

    • Exactly, just need to round it out with spuds and flatbread right? And a couple of daaaawgs.

  4. I love fesenjan, and I love hot pink, what a lovely bright dish. Tofu, beet, raw. WOW!!! I think you made an incredible dish, with beautiful photo’s. Amazing!!

  5. Wow! just blown away by your amazing photos, I haven’t even had time to read the recipe. But your photo shots and arrangements are just out of this world!

    • Thank you Loretta, it’s a pretty “loose” recipe and easy to make. I hope you are continuing to progress and have fun with your photos too!

      • Ha ha Sue, not sure if I’m progressing, but I’m actually using the Manual mode on my camera now, paying attention to ISO, and all that camera jargon. I’m taking a Blogging 101 course starting tomorrow, so look out world, I’ll be tweaking my blog, but it won’t be anywhere as awesome as yours :))

      • No you can sign up for it on WP. It starts tomorrow, it’s free and it lasts for 4 weeks. You can meet like-minded folks who enjoy blogging, and also learn tips n’ tricks from the WP team. I plan to take the Photography one too at a later date.

  6. While the title made be cheesy, I love the festive hot pink color. It goes so well with the rice quinoa and greens as well. I can’t wait to try this out at the fiesta, thank you so much for bringing it! Happy 2015! 😀

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