Do you want to overeat something without pangs of guilt??

Presenting – TOFU – also known as BEAN CURD / SOY CHEESE.Sometimes it is also referred the ‘cheese of Asia’ .The Chinese call it ‘Doufu’

It is low in cholesterol and calories but high in protein.It is also a good source of iron,selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, copper, calcium and magnesium.

A perfect meat – substitute and a good source of protein and iron for the vegetarians.

CULINARY USES: There are a lot of things you can do with tofu. You can bake it, fry it, scramble it,sauté it ,use it as a stuffing for parathas/chappathis.Soft tofu can be blended with any fruit of your choice and you can have a nutritious milkshake/smoothie!

Since the tofu is bland it blends in with any dish you put it into.


If the tofu you buy comes with packaged water,it has to be drained before cooking.Since tofu is like a sponge,it absorbs a lot of water and hence just squeezing out the water will not help.

Place the tofu on some paper towels and apply constant pressure on it [place some heavy object ,anything,even your grocery container].Wait for 15-20 minutes and then use it for cooking. Here is very simple tofu recipe that I am sending across for AWED event


This tastes great on its own or can be savoured with a dip.It is sooo easy to prepare and can be served as finger-food/snack in parties.

Though deep fried food is infrequent in Chinese menu, this is one more dish that has been modified to suit our tastes!

You need:

Tofu – 250 grams
Corn flour – 2-3 tablespoons
Minced garlic – 1 tablespoon
Sesame seeds[white] – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Pepper powder – to taste

Oil – to deep fry

1.Cut the tofu into finger sized pieces / cubes
2.Combine all the ingredients except oil.
3.Toss well so that the tofu is coated with flour and the other ingredients. Sprinkle a water if necessary.
4.Let is stand for half and hour so that it absorbs the flavours.
5.Heat oil in a pan and deep fry in medium heat ,till the tofu fingers turn brown.
6.Drain on paper towels and serve as such or with any dip/sauce.

I am going to serve fried tofu fingers with black magic dip!! Nothing to worry, I just named it ‘black magic’ to add a kick to the dish!!!



Light soya sauce – 100 ml
Minced ginger – 2 teaspoons
A dash of white pepper
Sesame seed oil – ½ teaspoon

It is so simple that all you need to do is combine the ingredients and serve.

This is also ideal as a ‘pouring sauce’ for bland noodles.

Displayed here is fried tofu fingers served with hot and sweet tomato sauce and black magic dip.

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