Believe it or not, what you see in the picture is a potato salad. Causa Limena is a delicious side dish originating in Peru, consisting of layered mashed potatoes, avocado, tomatoes and other veggies of your choice.
Shapes will vary, and so the composition of the intermediary layers among the mashed potatoes. Here, I have used one layer of avocado and one with tofu cream and tomatoes. Finally, I decorated the top potato layer with some vegan mayonnaise.
With this colorful and tasty dish, you can’t go wrong!
- 4 red-skinned potatoes
- 1 avocado
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Pinch of garlic salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 120 gr firm tofu
- 1 tomato
- 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Cajun (use 1/2 if you don’t want it too spicy)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Peel and dice the potatoes into small cubes. Then, steam them or boil them until they are soft and floury. Let cool for a couple of minutes and then season them with cajun and turmeric. Adjust with salt and pepper if desired. Drizzle with olive oil. Mix well and then mash the potatoes by hand until smooth. Set aside.
Peel and slice the avocado. Process in a mixer together with a little olive oil and lime juice. Set aside.
Cube the tofu and transfer to the blender mixing bowl. Add the tomato sauce and a little olive oil. Mix well until you obtain a smooth cream. Rinse and dice the tomato into small cubes. Mix them with the tofu cream and set aside.
Spray a large ramekin with olive oil to facilitate the flipping of the causa limena. With the help of a spoon, cake a layer of potatoes to its bottom, making sure that it is tight. Then, do the same with the avocado and the tofu cream. Finish with another layer of mashed potatoes. Before flipping, run a sharp knife around the borders of the cake, to make sure that it will come out easily.
Flip onto a serving dish or wooden board and hand decorate the top with piped vegan mayonnaise. You can get as fancy as you can!
Set aside to cool in the fridge for 15 minutes before eating.
Causa limena is very filling. It is typically served in slices!