Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

We really enjoyed this meal tonight with boiled potatoes. It’s a very nice savory way to enjoy plums. It is a hearty, filling meal that is full of wonderful flavors.

Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 cup de Puy or brown lentils
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 lb. smoked tofu pieces or faken bacon pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil to fry the tofu pieces
  • 1 lb. of plums
  • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • potatoes for 4 people

Plums in a colander


Begin to boil the potatoes so that they are ready at the same time as the lentils.

to prepare the lentils:

  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot.
  2. Add the onions and saute until they become glassy.
  3. Add the lentils, garlic, parsley, water and vegetable bouillon cube.
  4. Bring the lentils to a boil, then turn the heat down to a soft boil.
  5. Add the balsamic vinegar and tomato paste.
  6. Cook the lentils until they become soft, but not mushy, about 20 minutes.

to prepare the plums:

  1. Meanwhile, cut the plums in half and remove the stone.
  2. Slice the plums in eighths into a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the plums with the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Heat the vegan margarine in a frying pan.
  5. Add the plums and lightly saute to caramelize them, but not so much that they loose their shape.

to prepare the tofu

  1. Heat oil in a separate pan
  2. Warm the tofu pieces.
Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

Serve the lentils with tofu pieces on top, and a generous portion of plums on top of the tofu.
Optionally sprinkle with a bit of parsley, and the boiled potatoes on the side.

2 responses to “Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums”

  1. Doris says:

    I ll ask you something that is not relevant with the recipe above…Do you know how does tofu nigari taste like?

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Doris,
    We have mad our own tofu in the past, using the nigari. We find that it tastes just like any other tofu that we have bought from the health food store, or from Asian markets.

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