Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chilli Tofu


Tofu is a common Southeast Asian food. It's gaining popularity around the world, but still mysterious to many. It's is also know as bean curd, made by coagulating soy milk. Tofu is a good substitute for those who doesn't like paneer.

Tofu is a highly nutritious, protein-rich, low calorie food. It's also a good source of Iron, Calcium, Manganese and Omega-3 Fatty acid. It lowers the risk of cancer and bad cholesterol. Last but not the least, it's gluten free ;-) 

Over the weekend, I realized that I was making very few tofu recipes like noodles, fried rice, soups etc. Then I decided to make chilli tofu instead of chilli paneer. This recipe is for people who love Indo-Chinese cuisine, like I do... 


  • Extra firm tofu - 1&1/2 cup
  • Capsicum (cut into cubes) - 1
  • Onion (cut into cubes)- 1
  • Garlic (finely chopped)- 6
  • Spring onion (finely chopped) - 3
  • Green chillies (finely chopped) - 3-4
  • Soya sauce - 2 tsp 
  • Chilli sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato sauce - 1 tbsp 
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp 
  • Salt as needed
  • Lemon juice - 1-2 tsp 
Batter for frying 
  • Maida flour - 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Corn flour - 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Baking soda - a pinch
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • salt as needed 
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Make a thick batter using above ingredients in the "batter for frying" table. It should coat the tofu nicely. 

  • In a pan heat oil and shallow fry the tofu till golden brown color. Then transfer the tofu to a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  • Heat a wide pan with 2 tsp of oil and add garlic, green chilli, white part of the spring onion, fry for a minute. 
  • Add onion and fry till transparent. Then add capsicum, give a stir in high flame.

  • Now reduce the flame and add all sauces, pepper, salt and mix well.
  • Add the shallow fried tofu. Mix well. 
  • Then switch off the flame and finally squeeze the lemon and garnish with spring onion. 

  • Transfer to the serving dish. Spicy tofu is ready to be served hot with fried rice or noodle or have as such!


  • Always serve hot.
  • Add tofu while serving otherwise it will become hard.
  • You can add any colored capsicum. 
  • Adding garlic and pepper gives a nice aroma and taste to the dish.

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