Here is my vegetarian Jadoh with tofu and mushrooms. This simple yet flavour-some rice recipe is easy to make and very healthy too.
This month, us bloggers from Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to the beautiful north eastern state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya which literally means “abode of clouds” is part of the ” seven sister states” of North East India. Psst…did you know Cherapunji, once known as the wettest place on the planet is situated in Meghalaya??
Mayuri our didi who blogs at Jikoni gave me two ingredients, mushrooms and rice to create a beautiful vegetarian dish. Now lets think about this beautiful state for a moment, a state where most of the people are tribals like the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias. What do they eat?? non vegetarian food of course :). So how do i, a vegetarian, cook a recipe from the cookbooks of Meghalayan Cuisine??
Adaptation or lets say, my version of the local non vegetarian recipe was the answer. I decided to make the vegetarian version of Jadoh ( Ja means rice and Doh means meat), Jatofu 😉 . I looked at various recipes online so that i could get my dish looking very similar in terms of colour, presentation and get almost the flavour.
Making of the vegetarian Jadoh with tofu and mushrooms
In a traditional Jadoh, local red rice from Meghalaya and pork is used, i used local short grained rice and mushrooms. In the original recipe, the colour (rich brown) is achieved by cooking the pork blood and rice together, i got that by browning my onions and mushrooms. The meaty part in my recipe got replaced by the firm tofu, which i marinated in soy sauce to introduce more flavour into the rice. The flavor of ginger through the rice and vegetables was to die for.
The final outcome ( i used other veggies such as broccoli and capsicum as well), was a hearty meal for Sunday family lunch. A must try for all who want to try something different, a little bland ( yup i like bland food) yet flavour-some.
Vegetarian Jadoh with tofu and mushrooms
In a bowl, chop the tofu in chunks and marinate it in soy sauce for 10 minutes
In a wok/ kadai, heat some oil and add the onions to it
Saute the onions till pink and add the mushrooms, cook till they get a nice brown color and reduce in size
Add the broccoli and capsicum and saute well
Add the water and bring it to a boil
Add salt, turmeric powder, pepper powder, bay leaf and ginger and mix well
Add the washed rice to this water, stir well and close the lid to the vessel
let the rice cook on sim to medium flame till it is about 80 % cooked ( aldente)
Remove the lid, place a towel on the mouth of the vessel and now place the lid on top of the cloth (this will ensure that the rice gets cooked correctly, fluffy and the flavour does not get lost)
After about 5 minutes, remove the cloth, use a fork to fluff the rice.
Serve hot with stir fried vegetables..or in our case we had it with spicy banana chips
Its sunday night and i wanted to eat something nice for dinner…which means no south indian or north indian or pasta or pizza…you can see where i am going right… ultimately I decide to make soup, with some bread and sauteed veggies…soup with roasted tomatoes & red bell pepper, sauteed mushrooms & zucchini and muesli bread
Roasted tomato & red bell pepper soup
Remove the seeds from inside the tomatoes and slice them into quarters.
Place them skin side down, on a tray directly or on parchment paper.
Sprinkle olive oil and salt and place them in an oven @ 200 degree centigrade for about 45-60 min or till they are a lill charred.
Repeat the same process for the red bell pepper and garlic cloves.
Puree the roasted vegges with some salt and cream.
Serve hot with garnish of your choice..
Chop the zucchini length wise and then into quarters.
Chop the mushrooms thinly and set aside.
Saute the veggies with butter separately, then add salt & chilli flakes according to taste...