Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pan-Fried Tofu With Peanut Dipping Sauce


This is a recipe from Laavanya's Cookery Corner that I have made many, many times since I first came across it nearly 2 years back. I'm not too crazy about tofu but I do buy it very often. I would usually make a tofu scramble, a stir-fry with vegetables or a smoothie depending on the kind of tofu I'd purchased. Ever since Laavanya posted this recipe, I have been making this regularly and this is now my favorite way to eat tofu.

For preparing the tofu, first drain the water out of the tub. Next, wrap the tofu up in a clean kitchen towel or a few paper towels. Place the wrapped tofu in a colander and put a weight (I used my pressure cooker) on top of the tofu. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes, or until the paper towels are soaked through. This makes the tofu easier to cut; it is less watery, and more receptive to absorbing the flavors added in the next step.

Pan-fried tofu

15.5 oz firm tofu (I used Soga's twin-pack)
Red chilli powder
Garlic powder (optional)
2-3 Tbsp oil for pan-frying

Cut the tofu into relatively thick strips (see picture for size). Heat oil in a large pan. When the oil is hot, place the tofu pieces in the pan.

Sprinkle salt and red chilli powder all over the pieces and shallow fry. Cook till golden brown on the bottom (takes about 4-5 minutes). Flip over, sprinkle salt and chilli powder on the other side, and cook similarly.

Serve with peanut dipping sauce.


Peanut Dipping Sauce
For the sauce, I have only listed the ingredients I used. I do not have exact measurements since I was just adding the ingredients till it tasted right. I did not use many of the ingredients mentioned in the original recipe and the sauce still tasted great. You can find Laavanya's version of the sauce

Here's what went into my dipping sauce-
Creamy peanut butter
Soy sauce
Garlic powder
Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice
Hot water to thin out the sauce
Sesame seeds

Mix all the ingredients well. Add hot water as required to get a thick sauce-like consistency.


I've also put the tofu and peanut sauce together to form a nice dish that goes well with white rice. For this, I just thinned out the sauce a bit, added the tofu pieces and mixed everything together. I let that simmer for a couple of minutes to allow the tofu pieces to get nicely coated with the peanut sauce.


18 Burps:

Happy cook said...

One of the most dleicous tofu pieces i have ever seen.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Peanut sauce and tofu wow thats should make an utterly awesome combo... Nice clicks...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow droolworthy.....

Asha said...

Oh, those looks so delicious and good for you too, both Tofu and Peanut sauce. Slurp!:)

Nags said...

This looks so yum! TH doesn't like peanut sauce but I am definitely going to give this a shot!

Anonymous said...

Even I dont like tofu...will try this recipe for sure! The pic is so appealing!

Soma said...

Oh my gosh! the tofus look soo good. We & my kids love tofu, but usually make a stir fry (yours is an awesome way) .. or tandoori with the tandoori paste. I love your dipping sauce too.

Laavanya said...

Dear TBC, thank you so much for trying out this recipe and am so glad you like it. Your pictures look fabulous (as usual) and the tofu and the dipping sauce look irresistible.

A_and_N said...

I'm SO doing this. Perfect for my no carb diet ;)

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, your tofu is absolutely gorgeous... You've elevated the humble tofu to art!

srikars kitchen said...

NIce entry.. LOoks delicious.. Innovative recipe.. frist time here..

Vaishali said...

I'm a huge fan of pan-fried tofu-- I use it in palak paneer, in lieu of the paneer. How beautiful that close-up of the tofu is! And those amazing flavors in the peanut sauce are to die for.

TBC said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful encouraging comments! :D

Shreya said...

Tofu looks delicious! Next time I buy tofu, I will make this:-) Have to try the peanut sauce too, great ingredients there..

TBC said...

Shreya- I'm sure you'll like it. Laavanya's recipe is fantastic! :D

Aparna said...

This looks so delicious. I didn't know tofu could look like this too. :)

TBC said...

Aparna- thank you. I only photographed the good ones.;-)

Sophie said...

WOW (impressed look). Your tofu dish looks so yummy.

Here I bought a sauce pack for Sauce for Mapo Tofu so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

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