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I must say.  Lauren really knows her stuff.  I am so extremely thankful for people like her because otherwise, I may never get to try some of the most yummylicious vegan food out there.  I’m sure you have figured out I have not been eating vegan all the time since we have moved.  While Grumpy is willing to eat the vegan food I do make …. well, let me rephrase that…. While Grumpy is willing to try the vegan food I make, he for the most part grimaces when he finds out that is what he is getting.

Like Sunday evening.  I thought I would try making some vegetarian meatballs.  I fried a batch and baked a batch.  The fried batch was crumbling right up in my pan so the baked batch was the second attempt of salvaging a dinner.  It didn’t happen.  While they did have good flavor, the fried ones were just too crumbled and greasy for me and the baked ones were too dry.  Grumpy came upstairs, saw the meatballs in a bowl and said “what is that?” I just said meatballs.  Well, he knows better and told me I could not fool him into thinking that fake meatballs were real.  LOL.  Grumpy took one bite and told me he would like dinner and it wasn’t the meatballs he would like.  LOL.  I promptly ordered him a pizza to be delivered.  Needless to say I will stick to my mom’s meatless meatball recipe because that one is yummy and it doesn’t fail.  Even Grumpy will eat those!

So, while I love the vegan way of eating, I would probably never survive if I had to create my own recipes.  Either that or I’d be super thin.  Hmm.  ;o)

This is why I am so thankful for people like Lauren who knows their stuff.  The recipe is hers but I did have to make a change.  Lauren uses rice in this dish.  I personally don’t do well with rice at all.  I might love it but it doesn’t love me so I had to do something about the rice in this dish.  I love pasta and I have no problems eating that – so, my change was to use cooked orzo in placed of the cooked rice.  Personally, I think it probably is better with the pasta….but that is a matter of my own taste!  When I make this again I just may try some wide noodles instead of the orzo. 

I’m sure your wondering about Grumpy and what he thought, but unfortunately, at the writing of this post, he still has not arrived home so he still has not eaten.  I won’t pressure him to eat this – we do have leftover pizza in the fridge.  He may still decide to try it though and if he does, I will let you know what he thought!  So, without further ado, let me share the recipe with you.

Tamarind Tofu Cabbage Bowl
method and ingredients slightly adapted from Vegan Yum Yum

1 cup cooked orzo
1 lb. block extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
1 carrot, shredded
4 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
olive oil for frying tofu and cabbage
2 tablespoons Tamarind Chutney (recipe will follow)
2 tablespoons Tamari

Mix two tablespoons tamarind chutney and two tablespoons tamrai together and set aside.

Cook orzo according to package directions.  Cool slightly.  Stir shredded carrot into cooked orzo.  Set aside.

Fry cubes of tofu in olive oil until crispy and browned.  Set aside.

Fry cabbage in small amount of olive oil until crisp tender and slightly browned.

Toss cabbage, orzo mixture, tofu and chutney mixture together.  Serve warm & enjoy!

Tamarind Chutney
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar

Mix above 3 ingredients together and simmer approximately 30 minutes or until reduced to about half and slightly thickened.

Stir in 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes.  Cook 1 minute more then set aside to cool completely.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Treat and Trick January 18, 2011 at 2:50 am - Reply

    You have all the goodness in this dish, so healthy and delicious. Nice change from the usual rice….

  2. Tiffany January 18, 2011 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE tamarind! And am surprised how few recipes I see using it. This looks great!

  3. The Duo Dishes January 18, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looking for more vegan dishes to try in the New Year, and this sounds like fun. The tamarind chutney is the thing that really sounds interesting.

  4. Patsyk January 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    It's great that he will at least try the vegan meals when you make them. Not so sure that would go over in my house… but, then I do like my animal proteins so I'm not going to push for full on veggie meals.

  5. Cajun Chef Ryan January 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    You always make tofu look so good!

  6. polwig January 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    How could he not like it. It looks absolutely amazing, the tamarind the cabbage. You could easily sub tofu for chicken in his version. Kudos to Grumpy though, he is a trouper for trying meatless meatballs.

  7. tofu January 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Mmmm these images are fantastic. This recipe will be on my plate very soon.

  8. Tupper Cooks! January 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Ha! Tofu, just saw the Tofu Turkey episode on Everybody Loves Raymond a couple of nights ago. Classic stuff! Your dish looks a lot betterr than Marie's!

  9. Amy September 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Tried this the other night for dinner. Yum! Fantastic. A great combination of flavors, easy to put together, and the tamarind sauce is great! Thanks for the recipe.

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