1 large carrot (or 2 medium)
2 tablespoons white miso paste
¼ cup (60ml) light olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
½ cup (125ml) water (or more as needed)
oil for roasting
½ cup tapioca flour, potato flour, regular white flour
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
200 grams firm tofu
oil for frying
½ cup (100grams) black quinoa (can also use white quinoa or hulled millet)
1 cup (250ml) vegetable stock (can also use chicken stock)
½ clove garlic, finely diced
2 large handfuls wild rocket or watercress
1 ripe (but firm) avocado, sliced
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 radish, sliced thinly
2 button mushrooms, sliced thinly
¾ cup sprouts
½ cup sauerkraut
sea salt and cracked black pepper
To garnish: sesame and pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Peel carrot and cut into large chunks. Toss with oil. Roast for 35 minutes or until tender. Place in a blender or use a hand blender to puree along with the other dressing ingredients until very smooth. Add extra water if needed. The dressing will thicken quite a lot when cooled.
Combine the flour and spices in a bowl. Season very generously with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Mix well. Cut the tofu into cubes. Toss in the seasoned flour. Heat 1cm of oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat. Cook the tofu for 1 minute on each side until golden and crispy. Lay on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Place the quinoa, stock and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Cook with a lid ajar for 15–20 minutes until tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Place the lid on firmly and leave to sit for five minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Divide the cooked quinoa between two bowls or plates. Split the tofu, greens, avocado, radish slices, mushrooms, sprouts and sauerkraut between the dishes.
Drizzle with a little of the dressing and serve with more on the side. You can thin the dressing with a little more water if it has thickened too much. Garnish with black and white sesame seeds. Serves 2.