Tofu breakfast scrambles are a dime a dozen. In my experience, it’s all too easy to toss some tofu in a pan, call it a “scramble,” and wind up with a perfectly average meal. Don’t get me wrong, a perfectly average tofu scramble is still a good meal, it’s just not amazing, incredible, mind-blowing, or any other superlative you would use to describe a dish deserving of such praise. However, with the right technique and the right blend of ingredients, you can take a tofu scramble from ordinary to outstanding.
When you get to the ingredients, you might pause for a moment and think, “curry powder… say what???” I know curry powder might not sound like an ingredient that should be going into a southwestern style dish, but trust me, it works. Not only does it give the tofu a yellow tint that resembles scrambled eggs, it adds a lot of flavor that works well with the other ingredients. I like to think of yellow curry powder as a season-all rather than something that’s only for Indian food. If you look at the ingredients in yellow curry powder, it’s easy to see they are just common spices that are used in virtually all styles of cooking – cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, and so on… I find that for most intents and purposes, it’s just easier to have all those spices in one large bottle instead of several tiny ones.
The seasoning that really gives this dish a distinctive southwestern flavor is smoked paprika. Regular paprika is a great spice that can add a lot of flavor to just about any dish, but smoked paprika is an entirely different animal. It’s much bolder, and too much of it can easily take over a dish; but when used in moderation, it can add that special something to a dish that may be lacking, and that’s exactly what it does to this scramble.
To create a realistic egg flavor, we used Indian Black Salt. It’s high sulphur content makes tofu taste just like eggs. Black Salt is not the type of thing most people have on hand, so if you don’t have any, regular sea salt or table salt works just fine. If you want to get some, you can find it on Amazon.