Another month, another recipe that barely uses any virtual water. I’m a huge fan of southern cooking, and who isn’t? The fats, the grease, the fried food – sure, it’s hardly the healthiest in the world, but comfort food sure is mouth-wateringly delicious.
So what’s a fan of authentic fried chicken to do if she’s trying to save on virtual water? Replace the chicken with a common meat substitute. Personally, I don’t care for tofu, but have found that if you cut cauliflower into florets that are ½-1 inch thick, you can replicate the meaty taste and texture of chicken without the virtual water guilt.
1 pound tofu, strained or one head of cauliflower and cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup milk
2 cups flower
1 T cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 t chili powder
1 t crushed chili flakes
1 t oregano
1 t paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix together spices and flower in a bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs with milk.
Dip tofu in egg mixture, then dry mixture. Repeat. Fry in 1 tablespoon oil over low heat for 25 minutes.
Virtual Water: 1,724 liters
Virtual Water per serving: 1,724 liters