Monsoon is my favourite time of the year and a walk through the market, one can discover so many seasonal local vegetables like ‘Akhur’ also known as Mangrove Ferns. This healthy, nutritious & exotic vegetable is an excellent substitute for asparagus adding a local Goan twist to my dish of the week.
Tofu – 150gm
Ginger chopped – 1inch
Garlic chopped – 1tsp
Kikoman soy – 3 tbsp
Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Mangrove ferns (Akhur) – 3 shoots
Red & yellow peppers – for garnish
Oil – 2tbsp
1) Begin your recipe by collecting your Mise en place.
2) Prepare a simple marinade come sauce with the chopped ginger, soy & sesame oil. Give it a quick stir & it’s ready. Marinate the tofu steak with a spoon of the soy & ginger mixture.
3) Cut the mangrove ferns into 4inch long sticks & blanch them for about 2 min. in boiling water with some salt. This will help retain the colour & flavours & will also brake down the tough fibres. Add 1 tbsp of oil to a frying pan on high heat. Once the oil is hot, flash fry the garlic with the mangrove ferns, season with salt & pepper & keep aside.
4) In the same pan, add in the second spoon of oil. Once the pan is hot, place the tofu on one side & the julienned peppers on the other. Grill the tofu for a minute on both sides or till slight caramelization can be seen. Sauté the peppers till slightly crisp.
5) Finally plate your stir fried Akhur or mangrove ferns, with the tofu steak on top. Top the steak with another spoon of the ginger & soy marinade & garnish with the peppers. Enjoy!!