Peanut Butter Garlic & Tofu Noodles

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Peanut Butter was not a rage in India at least when I was growing up. My only memory of Peanut Butter was when my cousins from the US would bring a huge bottle on their annual visit since it wasn't available here. I remember not being too fond of it then.

Now that everything is available everywhere these days, Peanut Butter became availabe in India too & a lot of people here  have develop a fondness for it, including yours truly.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the Health Benefits of Peanut Butter by Dr. Swarupa Kakani sponsored by Sundrop Peanut Butter, AgroTech Foods Limited.  

Here's some interestimg Trivia provided by Dr Kakani.

  • Peanut Butter was invented in 1890 as a super food to build up starving people 850 nuts are required to make 18oz of peanut butter- that's even more than in your family tree

  • 850 nuts are required to make 18oz of peanut butter- that's even more than in your family tree!

  • Americans eat around 800 million pounds of peanut butter every year. It is good enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon
  • Almost half of peanut crop produced in the US is used to make peanut butter
  • Peanut butter contains 80% of good unsaturated fat, which also lowers cholesterol
  • According to Harvard researchers, women who regularly consume peanut butter and nuts have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes compared to those who don’t.

  • Peanut butter has high contents of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol. It is also completely devoid of trans-fats and cholesterol.

  •  It also has good contents of fibre (5g/100g); folates; and resveratrol, a component reputed to be anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic
  •   Peanut Butter is vitamin-packed with thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) niacin (vitamin B3) and vitamin E. It is also naturally mineral-rich in copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc

  • Peanut butter provides same benefits as derived from consuming nuts such as lowering risk for coronary heart diseases and diabetes

  • Peanut Butter has high levels of protein (25g/100g), contributing significantly to higher physical endurance and muscle development.

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We were shown some easy to do recipes by the Chef, One being the Peanut Butter Smoothie which is a great after workout drink & another one was a fun apple open sandwich with a generous coating of peanut butter topped with muesli. 

We got to take home a bottle of Sundrop Peanut Butter & the first thing I did was to eat it by the spoonfuls. And before I finished off the entire jar, I did make the smoothie & it was yumm. 

The next thing I tried was the Peanut Butter, Garlic & Tofu Noodles and I am going to share the recipe with you today.

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 You Will Need:

  • 1/2 a packet of regular noodles
  • 200g Tofu - drained & diced into cubes
  • 2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp Sundrop Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions

How To:

Cook Noodles as per package instructions. Drain & set aside

In a large skillet, heat some oil. add chopped garlic & green chillies, saute for 30 secs. add tofu, some salt & saute for about 2 mins.

Throw in the noodles, peanut butter & a little bit of oil. Give it a gentle mix until the noodles get coated with peanut butter. Add chilli flakes & check for salt. Give it a gentle stir again.

Transfer to a serving bowl, Garnish with spring onions & serve warm

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Peanut Butter lends a very nutty taste to the noodles & I was in love with the flavor. Next time around, I plan to make a salad dressing using peanut & I am sure it will be yummy ...

Peanut butter is an ideal breakfast option to meet daily protein requirement for people across all age group and is a healthy and tasty way to become strong. Now that Sundrop  has launched Peanut Butter in India, you don't have to hunt for it in huge supermarket. It will be available just about anywhereSundrop peanut butter is available in two flavours – Regular and Honey Roast in Creamy and Crunchy variant, . They also plan to lunch a slightly spicier version shortly to appease the Indian palate. So, do watch out for it !!

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