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RECIPE

Shojin-ryori meal
- Inari okara (bean curd lees)
- Fried eggplant and cucumber with miso paste
- Roasted carrot and bean mix with vinegar dressing

Preparation Time : Approx. 50 Minutes (all three dishes combined)

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精進料理

Inari okara (bean curd lees)

INGREDIENTS (Serves Four People)

Gobo (burdock root) 30g
Carrot 30g
Dried shiitake mushrooms 2
Okara (bean curd lees) 100g
Stringbeans 3
Deep-fried tofu 2 pieces

(1) Broth for vegetables

Water 1 cup
Sugar 2 tbsp
Light soy sauce 1 tbsp

(2) Broth for tofu pockets

Reserved liquid from soaking shiitake mushrooms (or kombu dashi ) 1 tbsp
Water 3/4 cup
Sugar 1 tbsp
Light soy sauce 1/2 tbsp

DIRECTIONS

1

Pound the deep-fried tofu gently with a pestle. Cut it in half then open out each half into a pocket. Boil the pockets in the prepared broth (2) (see above).

2

Cut the gobo into thin slivers and place in water to soak. Cut the carrots and shiitake mushrooms up finely. Slice the stringbeans on the angle.

3

Heat some sesame oil in a pan and fry the gobo until soft. Add the carrots and shiitake mushrooms and fry for a little longer.

4

Now add the prepared broth (1) (see above), followed by the okara and stringbeans, and boil briskly until all the liquid has evaporated.

5

Wait for the vegetable mix to cool, then stuff it into the tofu pockets.

Fried eggplant and cucumber with miso paste

INGREDIENTS (Serves Four People)

Eggplants 2
Cucumber 1
Deep-fried tofu 1/2 piece
Salt 1 tsp
Miso paste 20g
Sake 1 tsp
Soy sauce 1/2 tbsp
Mirin 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil 2 tsp
Toasted sesame 1 tbsp

DIRECTIONS

1

Cut the eggplants in half lengthways then slice it thinly into semi-circles. Thinly slice the cucumber. Mix together and sprinkle with salt. After 10 minutes, rinse off the salt and drain well.

2

Fry the deep-fried tofu piece until it browns slightly, then cut into 1-cm strips.

3

Combine the red miso, sake, soy sauce and mirin in a bowl or jug.

4

Put some oil in a pan and fry the eggplant and cucumber on medium heat.

5

Pour the red miso sauce over the fried vegetables and mix well, then turn off the heat.

6

Add the toasted sesame and mix through.

Roasted carrot and bean mix with vinegar dressing

INGREDIENTS (Serves Four People)

Carrot 50g
Stringbeans 50g
Momen coarse tofu 150g
Toasted sesame 3 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Vinegar 1 tbsp
Sake 1 tsp
Salt 1 pinch
Vegetable oil 1/2 tsp

DIRECTIONS

1

Cut the carrot into 4-cm pieces and boil briefly then fry in oil. Allow to cool. Boil the stringbeans and cut into 3-cm pieces. Boil the tofu for two minutes, then squeeze out in a cloth to remove excess moisture.

2

To prepare the dressing, grind the sesame with a mortar and pestle until oil can be seen. Add the drained tofu along with the sugar, vinegar, sake and salt and mix with the pestle.

3

Add the carrots and stringbeans to the dressing and mix well.

Recipe courtesy of Masami Asao (Akasaka Teran)

http://akasaka-teran.net/