Enjoy this coconut Thai noodle curry packed with health benefits to support your immunity
For the tofu
- 2 packs of firm or extra firm tofu
- 1 heaped teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 fresh red chilli
For the laksa sauce
- 1 organic vegetable stock cube
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 5 cm piece of ginger
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ a bunch spring onions
- 1 heaped teaspoon peanut butter
- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon low-salt soy sauce
- 300g medium rice noodles
- 2 bunches of asparagus
- 1 x 400g tin of light coconut milk
- 3 limes
- On a large sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the tofu with sea salt, black pepper and the five-spice.
- Place on a hot griddle pan, turning after 2 or 3 minutes, until nicely browned and cooked through.
- Pour about 800 ml of boiling water into the large pan and crumble in the stock cube.
- Roughly chop the butternut squash (scoop out the seeds), then grate and tip into the boiling stock.
- Peel the garlic and ginger. Swap to the bowl blade in the processor and add the garlic, ginger, chilli, turmeric, trimmed spring onions, peanut butter, coriander stalks (reserving the leaves), sesame oil and soy sauce. Blitz to a paste, then tip into the stock and add the noodles.
- Trim the asparagus and cut in half. Add to the pan, pour in the coconut milk, and as soon as it boils, taste, correct the seasoning with soy sauce and lime juice, then turn the heat off.
- Drizzle the maple syrup over the tofu, squeeze over the juice of 1 lime, scatter with the sesame seeds and toss to coat.
- Serve with the laksa and lime wedges, sprinkling everything with the coriander leaves and slices of fresh chilli.
Immune supporting ingredients
Find out how the ingredients of this delicious Thai Laksa can help to support your immunity.
Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also a valuable plant source of calcium and the minerals manganese and phosphorus. In addition to this, it also contains copper, zinc and vitamin B6 and B12 to support your immunity.
Butternut squash is an abundant source of powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
Ginger is a delicious way to flavor any anti-inflammatory diet plan, it can also settle an upset stomach, and most importantly, can support your immune system.
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits. It can support digestion and, most importantly, help support our immune system.