וועגאַנמאָפאָ: Rachael Ray and Casbah Tofu with Yellow Rice

די “V” וואָרט האלט זייַן סימכע פון וועגאַנמאָפאָ, דער חודש פון וועגאַן עסנוואַרג, מיט זייַן טעמע, “אויב טעלעוויזיע רום שעפס ווענט וועגאַן.” Today we come full circle and end where we began – with Rachael Ray.

You can read all I have to say about Rachael in my first VeganMoFo post, Rachael Ray and Yum-O Stoup, and in my earlier essay about her when I veganized another of her dishes to make טאָפו אין ספּייסי פּעפּער סאָס.

And since I’ve already written about my favorite TV celebrity chef, we can get right to the recipe. איידער איך איז געווען וועגאַן, I had ALL of Rachael’s cookbooks. One of the books had a recipe for Casablanca Chicken which is a Moroccan dish. I made it when I was first learning to cook and it was delicious. ווען איך געווארן וועגאַן, I thought about that dish and decided I would veganize it. The problem was I had sold most of my cookbooks and this recipe was not available online. וואָס צו טאָן?

One day I was in a bookstore persuing the cookbooks when I saw the Rachael Ray cookbook on the shelf. I took it down, brought it to the cafe and proceeded to write down the recipe while I sipped on my coffee. When I got home, I veganized it which was no big challenge – just swapped out the chicken for tofu and the chicken broth for vegetable broth. It’s SO easy to take the cruelty out of a recipe!! Why doesn’t everyone do it??

I love Moroccan food. It is so flavorful and exotic – the spice of the curry and cayenne pepper, the heat of the cumin and paprika, the brightness of the coriander and mint, the sweetness of the cinnamon and the raisins, the saltiness of the olives and the perfect combination of onion, ginger and garlic. The crispy tofu and carrots cook in all this deliciousness and get served over beautiful yellow rice.

This dish is gorgeous to look at, amazing to eat and will definitely impress your guests or that special date. As Bugs Bunny used to say, “Come with me to the Casbah” and share this delectable vegan and gluten-free meal with me. האַנאָע האָבן!

Casbah Tofu with Yellow Rice


1 בלאָק עקסטרע-פעסט טאָפו, געדריקט און ויסגעשעפּט


½ טעפּל טשיקקפּעאַ מעל


2 Tbs. קערי פּודער


זאַלץ און פעפער צו טעם


1 Tbs. קאַנאָלאַ אויל


1 large yellow onion, chopped


1 גרויס מער, cut on the diagonal


1 Tbs. fresh ginger, גרייטיד


4 קלאָוועס קנאָבל, מינסט


1 tsp. ערד קומין


1 tsp. ערד קאָריאַנדער


1 tsp. פּאַפּריקאַ


½ צפּ. צימערינג


¼ צפּ. קייען פעפער


½ cup golden raisins


1 cup green olives, סלייסט


4 טעפּלעך נידעריק-סאָדיום גרינס יויך


טאַם פון איינער לימענע


2 Tbs. פריש פּעטרעשקע, chopped


1 Tbs. fresh mint, chopped



שנייַדן די טאָפו אין קיובז. In a shallow dish combine the flour, קערי פּודער, זאַלץ און פעפער. Toss the tofu cubes into the flour mix to coat. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan (אַז האט אַ דעקל) over medium high heat. Cook the tofu cubes in the oil until browned on all sides, וועגן 8 מינוט. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. Set the tofu cubes aside and try not to snack on too many while you make the rest of the dish.

אין דער זעלביקער סקאָווראָדע, add the onion and cook until softened and translucent, וועגן 5 מינוט. לייג די קעראַץ, ginger and garlic and cook 4-6 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. You can add more oil, broth or water if the pan is dry. Add the spices and mix them in thoroughly. Mix in the raisins and the olives. Add the vegetable broth and cover the pan. ברענגען צו אַ קאָכן, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 מינוט. Remove the lid, add the tofu cubes (what’s left of them) into the pan and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.



קער אַוועק די היץ. Add the lemon zest, parsley and mint to garnish. Serve with yellow rice.


Yellow (Brown) Rice

2 tsp. קאַנאָלאַ אויל


¼ טעפּל ציבעלע, מינסט


1 קלאָווע קנאָבל, מינסט


½ tsp. טורמעריק


1 גלעזל קורץ-קערל ברוין רייַז


2 ½ cups water or low-sodium vegetable broth


קאָשער זאַלץ צו טעם



Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic and turmeric for about 2 מינוט. Stir in the rice and cook for 1 minute until it gets a bit toasty. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. דעקן, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is tender. Add salt to taste. פּוך מיט אַ גאָפּל. Serve with the Casbah Tofu.

די “V” וואָרט: זאָגן אים. עסן עס. לעבן אים.

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3 רעספּאָנסעס צו וועגאַנמאָפאָ: Rachael Ray and Casbah Tofu with Yellow Rice

  1. דזשאַננע נאָוועמבער 19, 2012 בייַ 6:44 בין #

    I tried the Casbah Tofu and it was delicious!! Defnitely a keeper. אויך, I second your love of Jerusalem artichokes…they are just hard to find in my neck of the woods (MS). I did go overboard the first time I ate them because they were SO GOOD and had some serious gassy issues. Love your site!!

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס נאָוועמבער 4, 2012 בייַ 7:17 בין #

    Amey – you should make it for yourself anyway. And maybe hubby will like it. Don’t tell him it’s Moroccan 🙂

  3. Amey נאָוועמבער 1, 2012 בייַ 5:47 בין #

    holy moly, this looks like such a majorly delicious meal!!! I also really love moroccan food, but unfortunately my husband really doesn’t. What the heck?? I love your comment “it’s so easy to take the cruelty out of a recipe! Why doesn’t everyone do it??” AMEN!


שלאָגן קאָונטער צוגעשטעלט דורך מאַראַנץ קאָונטי פאַרמאָג פאַרוואַלטונג