Thursday, 23 April 2015

Indian Style Tofu Recipes

Tofu is very nutritional vegetarian protein source with lots of Benefits. Including Tofu in our diet is very healthy choice.

Tofu, soybean curd is getting very famous because of its nutritional values. It is majorly used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are different varieties of Tofu and their cooking methods. Tofu's history-It is originated in China 2000 years ago. It is important part of vegetarian diet of East Asia specially in Buddhism people. So it gets spread into Korea, Japan, East Asia along with Buddhism.

Tofu has started gaining importance in west as the demand for healthiest food has grown. Tofu has low calorie count and large amount of protein and little fat. It is high in iron, calcium and magnesium.
There are lots of methods to cook Tofu in different cuisine. I have gone thru 75 Recipes of Tofu Cookbook and found it great. It is a nice collection of Tofu Recipes. I love all of them and I have tried some Indian style Tofu dishes like Tofu Pulao.

Indian Tofu Recipes

1.Tandoori Tofu
This is recipe of marinated tofu in tandoori spice along with other spices and grilled like paneer.

1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp tandoori spice blend
1Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2/3 cup yogurt
salt , as per taste
1/8 black pepper
1 block of extra-firm Tofu, well pressed and cut into cubes.
Mix all the ingredients into bowl except tofu. Then add tofu cubes into ball and mix it well, so all cubes will be coated from all sides. Keep in refrigerator for an hour.
Put each piece of tofu onto skewer and arrange skewers on preheated grill for 5-7 minutes. Turn on other sides and let it cook and be crispy.

2.Indian Tofu curry
This is great dish, quick and flavorful curry dish.

3 tbsp oil
1 block extra-firm tofu
1 onion, finely chopped
1/3 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. garam masala
1 clove garlic, minced
1 plum tomato chopped
coriander leaves
lemon juice
salt, as per taste

Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan .Fry tofu until its sides are become slightly brown. Set aside fried tofu.

Put 1 tbsp oil in pan and add chopped onion till it becomes translucent. Add garlic and fry for some seconds. Mix in turmeric powder, coriander, cumin powder, garam masala and fry for some seconds. Mix in the tomato and cook for seconds.

Add tofu cubes in pan and mix with the curry mixture. Put lemon juice and salt. Garnish with coriander leaves.
3.Chilly Tofu
This recipe is like paneer chilly.
1 block of extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
1 green chilly
3 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 onion ,sliced
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp. corn flour mixed into 1/4 cup water
salt, as per taste
coriander leaves for garnishing
For marinating:
1 tsp. garlic paste
1 tsp. ginger paste
2 tsp. corn flour
1 tsp. soy sauce

Mix the ingredients with enough water to make paste for marinating. Toss the tofu cubes in it to coat.

Heat 2 tsp. oil in a non-stick pan. Saute the tofu cubes on all sides until they are golden brown. Heat 1 tsp. oil and add cumin seeds. When they splutter, add ginger-garlic paste and onion.

Saute onion until it becomes translucent. Now add coriander powder, black pepper and minced green chilly. Then add green pepper.

Stir-fry bell pepper till it becomes soft. Add tofu cubes and toss them with spices. Add soy sauce and corn flour mixture .Mix well and remove in plate. Garnish with coriander.


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