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Tibetan Tukpa-Style Soba Noodles

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Servings: 4

Recipe By: Crescent Dragonwagon

From:  Passionate Vegetarian
Used with permission of Workman Publishing Company

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Tibetan Tukpa-Style Soba Noodles

Soba are Japanese noodles made wholly or partially of buckwheat flour. Elements of both Indian/Nepalese and Chinese seasonings go into Tibetan cooking.

1 tablespoon butter or  ghee
1  medium red onion, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons peeled, finely minced ginger
6 to 8  garlic cloves, peeled and minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon chile powder or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1  large tomato, diced or 1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1  small potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup water, preferably spring or filtered
1/4 pound fresh spinach leaves, well washed, stems removed, chopped or 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
1 tablespoon tamari or  shoyu soy sauce
1 pound conventional water-packed tofu, cubed
1 pound soba noodles, cooked
 salt and pepper to taste
 cilantro leaves (optional)
Heat a large nonstick skillet (or one that has been sprayed with cooking spray) with a tight-fitting lid, over medium heat. When hot, add the butter and onion. Sauté, stirring often, for 3 minutes, or until the onion starts to become translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the turmeric, curry powder, chile powder, and Garam Masala and continue to stir-fry for another 30 seconds.

Add the tomato and potato to stir-fry for 1 minute more, then pour in the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the potato is barely done- just tender not mushy- 8-10 minutes, lifting the lid and stirring occasionally.

Add the spinach, cover and cook for 1 minute more, or until spinach wilts, and season with tamari, salt and pepper. Add the tofu.

Either stir the cooked soba into the vegetable mixture, or use the vegetable mixture as a sauce for the soba.

Garnish, if you like, with a sprinkle of cilantro.

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