Japanese Tofu Salad (Shiraae)

There are times when you want to eat lite after all the binging you have been doing on weekends.Here is a one meal with all the nutrients that you would require. Shiraae is an easy to prepare Japanese salad with mashed tofu; seasoned with sesame paste.I have used substitutes to bring the salad as close to the original.

100gms firm tofu
2 cups diced carrots
1/2 cup peas
1 cup boiled spinach, cut 1 inch in size
1 cup chopped mushroom (optional)
1/2 cup dashi (I used dried mushroom available in India)
1tbs mirin (I substituted it with some rice vinegar and white wine)
2tps Soy sauce
1tsp demerara sugar
for seasoning
2tbs roasted white sesame seeds (I used home-made tahini)
1tbs soy sauce
1tsp demerara sugar

Lightly boil the tofu. Allow it to cool and drain the water out. Mash  tofu and let it sit in a strainer for about 15mins; until water is all drained out.
Put dashi,mirin, soy sauce and sugar in a pan and bring it to boil. Add carrots and peas and simmer on medium heat until the carrots are soft.
Grind sesame and add soy sauce and sugar and mix well.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve at room temperature.Serves 4.
(Recipe source: about.com)

This is my submission to this month’s destination Japan, hosted by  My Kitchen, My World, to SOS Challenge – Sesame, hosted by Diet, Dessert & Dogs and Affairs of Living, to My Legume Love Affair, hosted by Dil Se..and The Well-Seasoned Cook, to Souper Sundays, hosted by Kahakai Kitchen and to Tasty Tofu Treats, hosted by Seduce Your Tastebuds.

9 Comments on “Japanese Tofu Salad (Shiraae)”

  1. Satya says:

    hi megha,tofu salad looks very healthy n delicious ….very new salad for me ..thanks for sharingSatyahttp://www.superyummyrecipes.com

  2. Pari says:

    Very new version dear, thanks for this post.FOODELICIOUS

  3. Liz says:

    I have only had tofu in a couple different preparations and only just made it here at home for the first time recently, but this looks like a good way to try next.

  4. janet says:

    I have never thought of boiling tofu. How does it change its taste/texture? The salad looks very interesting!

  5. Megha says:

    Liz: It sure has a different taste….I've never tasted tofu like this before.I like to have it in small portions or as a side dish; as the salad tends to get a bit heavy on the tummy.You can add mushrooms too if you like πŸ™‚

  6. Megha says:

    Janet: When boiling tofu, the outside is cooked more than the inside, causing the outside edges to be a little tougher. However, there is not much change in the taste.This may be exactly what you want when using tofu as a meat alternative.

  7. Ricki says:

    You are really on a roll this month, Megha! I'm amazed at your sesame-creativity. πŸ˜€ Love the sound of this–so many healthy veggies! And another great SOS entry, too. πŸ™‚

  8. Debinhawaii says:

    Such a healthy, tasty salad–perfect for when you have over-indulged for sure. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays–it's is always great to have you join in. πŸ˜‰

  9. PJ says:

    Wow lovely salad.Thanks for sending it to the event πŸ™‚

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