Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu Recipe

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu

Fennel, ginger, and yogurt sauce give this a juicy and flavorful recipe you'll enjoy over and over again!


  • 2 TBSP plain yogurt
  • 2 TBSP plus 1/4 Cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sucanant or raw sugar
  • 2 TBSP ghee or sunflower oil
  • 2 TSP grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TSP fennel seeds
  • 1 TSP ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP turmeric
  • 1 Fennel bulb, cut into small chunks
  • 1 Cup tofu cubes or organic chicken breast
  • 1/4 Cup veggie stock (optional)
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 head of bok choy, broccolini, kale, or collard greens - I personally love this with broccolini.

If using chicken:
If you're making chicken instead of tofu, boil chicken breast in water with 1 TSP peppercorns, bay leaf, 1 chopped up carrot and any other left over raw veggies you have. Once cooked, slice into desired size.

1. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, 2 TBSP water and sugar. Set aside.

2. Melt the ghee in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the fennel seeds, coriander, and turmeric and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the chopped fennel and sauté and additional 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the tofu or chicken, remaining water or veggie stock, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add the greens (bok choy, kale, broccolini). Cover the pan and cook until the fennel and greens are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes more.

4. Stir in the reserved yogurt mixture. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thoroughly heated through, about 5 minutes.

Serve & enjoy!

About the Author: 

For nearly a decade, Christina has been sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and licensed instructor.

It was in 2005 when she was introduced to Ayurveda that her life was changed. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, she offers one-on-one consultations in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions.

Through instruction, education, and guidance, she offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Witnessing how her work and the science of Ayurveda have changed her clients' lives is what motivates her each day.

She knows first-hand what a difference it can make on one's wellness by simply understanding an individual's unique body type and making small simple changes to one's diet and lifestyle. Her clients appreciate her ability to guide and support them through the complex world of diets and fads.


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Thanks Christina for always providing us with healthy food & lifestyle routines to support our life and our practice.

We enjoyed this amazing recipe at the Rod Stryker ParaYoga Immersion in September, catered by Wolfgang Puck - the yogis LOVED it and were surprised at how satisfying a veggie meal can be!!

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