brown rice and tofu teriyaki balls

  • 400g can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 200g firm tofu, grated
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (40g) wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 green onions (scallions), finely chopped
  • 1 cup (20g) baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 sheet nori (dried seaweed), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • toasted sesame seeds and steamed brown rice, to serve

teriyaki sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup (60ml) mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rapadura sugar
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  1. To make the teriyaki sauce, place the ginger, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and water in a medium bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
  2. To make the tofu balls, place the chickpeas in a food processor and process until smooth. Place in a large bowl, add the tofu, soy sauce, flour, ginger, garlic, onion and spinach and stir well to combine. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and cook the tofu balls, turning, for 4 minutes or until lightly golden. Reduce the temperature to low, add the teriyaki sauce and cook, turning, for 4 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. 
  4. Divide the tofu balls and nori between bowls. Top with the coriander and sesame seeds and serve with the rice.  Serves 4

Photography: Chris Court

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Penny Yerondais

I made this tonight. I added steamed book toy, beans and carrots.

The tofu balls had great flavour but unfortunately were not very firm and kept crumbling throughout the cooking process. I would suggest refrigerating the balls for at least 30 mins prior to cooking.

The sauce was delicious, however it did not just thicken, it disappeared (absorbed by the balls maybe?). I would suggest making extra of the sauce, adding the original amount to the pan with the tofu balls, and warming the extra amount in a separate pan to drizzle over the dish.

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