Coriander Cruises Beyond Curries

The pervasive dhaniya – or cilantro to the Americans – manifests in the daily square Indian meal rather tirelessly – chopped and sprinkled on sabzis and dals, chaats and curries just before serving, or ground up in gingery, coconutty, oniony bases in a tall order of chutneys. Being ones to experiment with textures and tastes, we’ve taken it across cuisines and cast it right into our Green Chutney Pesto, and didn’t want to stop there. In trying to hash up some ideas, we did an accountable amount of research on herbs in kitchens around the world and figured, what better way to employ this much-favored Chinese parsley than in, well, a Chinese-inspired dish? The result, as you can tell, was unique and in a class of its own, with the herby undertone being stark enough to keep pace with the potency of the vinegary, sauced up flavors. The pervasive ol’ coriander, had thus transcended borders, and cruised beyond curries..

Stir-fried Tofu and Veggies in Asian Coriander Sauce

(Serves 2)

  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided (Sub peanut oil, not toasted sesame oil)
  • ½ Cup tofu, cut into slices
  • 1 Heaped teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Heaped teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 Thai/hot green chillies minced, or to taste
  • 1 Spring onion, greens and white parts chopped separately
  • 8-10 Baby corn, sliced into chunks diagonally
  • ½ Red bell pepper/capsicum, cut into squares
  • 1 Small carrot, thinly sliced on the bias, blanched if desired
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ Teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1 Teaspoon cornflour stirred smooth with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ Teaspoon dark soy sauce

Process the following in a food processor with a quarter cup of water  -

  • 1 Small bunch coriander/cilantro, washed
  • 1 Spring onion, green part only (you can add the white part to the stir-fry)

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan, add the tofu slices and brown them slightly on both sides. Remove and set aside. You can do this in the wok also, if you wish.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large wok, toss in the garlic, ginger, chillies and spring onion whites. Stir continuously for about a minute. Add the baby corn, peppers and carrot slices. Stir-fry on high heat till the veggies are done. Add the processed coriander paste along with salt, pepper and honey. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and stir in the cornflour slurry. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Pour in the vinegar and soy sauce. Mix well and take off the heat.

Garnish with the spring onion greens and serve over steamed rice or stir-fried noodles.

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15 Responses to Coriander Cruises Beyond Curries

  1. Veena says:

    Nice Curry I love the mix of vegetables
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  2. veenashankar says:

    Nice Curry I love the mix of vegetables.. Nice colorful combination
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  3. love the color..hv a query. Which vinegar to buy normally for such dishes..even for noodles. I am confused with the variety of vinegar available in super markets here.

  4. thelady8home says:

    Hi Ansh, your new Power foods partner. Fab idea, I can imagine how scrumptious that is going to be. Love it! You have a happening blog. I am so glad to know you.

  5. Richa says:

    i love this fusion curry. cilantro and soy and tons of veggies. looks gorgeous!

  6. Kiran says:

    Love your take on taking an ingredient like coriander and turning it into something so delicious! Perfect stir-fry!

  7. shyzie says:

    looks delish…Just perfect for a mid week quick fix dinner…lovely post…will book mark this one for a must try out sometime….
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  8. Padhu says:

    Looks so tempting!

  9. Lubna Karim says:

    Very interesting recipe…love that sauce….it’s like medley of flavors….

  10. Christal says:

    Made this for dinner tonight! Delicious! :)

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