The flavours of lemongrass, galangal and makrut lime leaves come together create an incredible Thai centrepiece!
For the tofu
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
2 tablespoons gluten-free tamari
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
7 oz/200 g tofu, cut into ½ x ¼-inch (1½-cm) pieces
For the soup
2¾ cups plus 1 teaspoon (23½ fl oz/700 ml) coconut milk
3 shallots, thinly sliced
2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, smashed
2½-inch (6-cm) piece galangal, cut into ½-inch (1-cm) slices
10 makrut lime leaves
5 oz/150 g cherry tomatoes, halved
5 oz/150 g cremini (chestnut) mushrooms, cut into thin slices
1-2 dried chillies
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
For the vegetable
1 small zucchini (courgette)
1 small beet (beetroot)
2 tablespoons cilantro (coriander) leaves
Start by marinating the tofu. Put all the ingredients, except the tofu, into a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Add the tofu pieces, cover with plastic wrap (cling film) and let them marinate at room temperature for at least 30-60 minutes. The tofu will taste better the longer you marinate it.
When ready to cook, bring the coconut milk, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, and makrut lime leaves to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the tofu and any marinade that’s left in the bowl, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, chillies, and salt, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the vegetable noodles by using a spiralizer or julienne peeler to shred the vegetables into noodle-like strips. Set aside. To serve, put the vegetable noodles into the soup bowls, pour the soup over them, and top with cilantro (coriander) leaves and lime wedges.
Recipe from meatfreemondays.com