The flavor combination of pomegranate syrup, walnuts and mint, is common in the cuisine of Georgia (and I do not mean the Peach State y’all!).
The Jews of Georgia, in the Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas, trace their presence in Georgia from the time of the Babylonian exile in the 6th century BCE when my people were kicked out of Israel and dispersed throughout the world. According to Wikipedia, since 1989, 21,134 Georgian Jews have returned to Israel. Here in Israel, they have added to the amazing melting pot of cuisines and exotic spices and flavors. Those flavors, along with the upcoming Rosh HaShanah holiday, in which pomegranate plays an important, symbolic role, inspired me to create this dish.
This is a super easy recipe requiring an overnight marinade, so plan accordingly. This also uses just one box of tofu. If you are feeding a crowd, multiply the recipe accordingly.
- 1 box (300g) firm tofu
- 1 cup pomegranate syrup (rotev rimonim)
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped
- more chopped mint for garnish
- about 2 Tbsp toasted walnuts for garnish
- 2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Slice the tofu into 6 slices, about 3/4" thick each
- Mix the pomegranate syrup, chopped mint and chopped garlic in a flat casserole dish that will fit all tofu slices laying flat.
- Lay tofu slices in marinade.
- Marinate overnight, turning the tofu over once to marinate the second side.
- Lightly oil a grill pan and heat it on medium-high heat
- Remove the tofu from the marinade.
- Place the marinade in a small saucepan.
- Grill tofu slices for 2 minutes per side to get grill marks and cook through. (You can do this in a regular skillet if you don't have a grill pan).
- In the meantime, bring the marinade to a boil and cook for a few minutes until it is slightly reduced and thick.
- Place the tofu on your serving dish, pour the marinade over it, garnish with walnuts, additional mint and pomegranate seeds.
OK cuties, that is it for me for this week. I’ll be offline enjoying my family and community for the holiday. Back next week with our final two Vegan MoFo posts! In the meantime, I wish all of you, regardless of race, religion, non-religion, whatever, many blessings, much happiness, health and prosperity in the new year!