Who does not love General Tsao's? Now you can eat it without all the guilt at all. If you are craving for the restaurant version, then this is almost as close as you can get to it. I personally make this whenever I'm craving for some fusion food that is really wicked in taste, but awesome for my personal health. Recently, I have been skipping the tofu, paneer parts and simply sticking to the veggies. I'm loving it. Radha Raysam. I read some nasty things about Tofu, and until I can clear that up, I want to stick to my veggies. I use Paneer, but give it to the children. They simply adore this dish. The best part is, even the veggies taste so awesome that even that's gobbled up.
Firm Tofu, 1 Packet
Fried Paneer Cubes from Indian Grocery Store, 1 packet from the frozen section
In a bowl,
1 tsp White Pepper Powder
2 tsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Tbsp Rice Flour
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp Sodium Free Soy Sauce
Mix the above ingredients very well. Add 2 tsp cold water to Rice Flour to make a paste first. Then combine the other ingredients. To this prepared mixture, add Tofu or paneer and let sit for 15 minutes
In a separate bowl,
3 Tbsp Sodium Free Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave nectar
Chilli Flakes, as required
2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Cup Veggie broth, Mushroom Broth, or Water.
1 Tbsp Corn Starch or Rice Flour (Mix first with Cold water)
2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
1/2 inch Ginger Crushed
Bell Peppers of all colors, 1 cup
Broccoli, 1 Cup
Carrots Shavings, 1 Cup
Peanut Oil, 3 Tbsp.
Take the mixture from the first bowl and set it ready for cooking.
Heat a skillet or pressure pan and add 1 Tbsp Peanut Oil.
Add Ginger and garlic and fry for a minute until turning golden.
Add Onion if necessary (totally optional) and cook until transparent.
Add the mixture from the first bowl and fry until crispy.
Add more oil as required to make sure that the Tofu / Paneer is well fried and looking golden.
Cooking Tofu is a hassle, so if you feel its breaking, then fry for a minute and brown (broil) it in the oven for a few minutes.
Remove mixture and let cool in the side.
Heat the thick bottomed pan or pressure pan again.
Add 1 Tbsp Peanut oil. Add all the veggies and stir fry until crispy.
Add the mixture from the second bowl and mix well. Add a little water if necessary.
Keep stirring until it becomes a nice and thick sauce in a consistancy that you like.
Put the pressure cooker lid on without the whistle and let sit for 5 minutes.
To this sauce, add the fried Tofu / Paneer and mix well.
Serve hot on a bed of Brown rice.
Garnish with green onions.