The famous ‘Cheese of Asia’ or Tofu [as it is called in Japanese] is an important part of the Chinese meal / menu.It is said that doufu is being used here for the past 2000 years!Originally from China,it spread to the neighboring countries-Japan and Korea and later throughout the world..Doufu,as you already know, is nothing but curdled soybean milk.
The best thing about Tofu is its ‘bland’ taste. It can blend in with almost all the other foods taking in their flavor.There are many types of tofu like silken, firm, processed, dried, pickled, flavored,fried, frozen etc.
Though native to Asia,this doufu or Tofu is famous worldwide mainly due to its health benefits.
- Tofu is a low fat,high protein food source with lots of minerals..
- It is wonderful substitute for meat as it is the power house of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
- Research says that tofu helps lower blood cholesterol levels,thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases.
- Isoflavins present in tofu is considered to prevent osteoporosis.
- Great news for women is that Tofu contains phyto estrogens which is very helpful for a smooth sailing through menopause.
- Tofu is also considered to reduce the risk of uterine / breast cancer.
- It is rich in minerals and antioxidants.
- It has anti cancer,anti inflammatory properties.
While Tofu has these many benefits, some say that it can be a cause for food allergy.
When it comes to selecting tofu,look for the fresh ines without a sour smell/taste.If it is packaged ,follow the instructions on the pack and use it before the expiry date.If it is fresh tofu keep in under water till you are ready to use and don’t forget to change the water everyday and use it within a week.
Tofu can be mixed with other food stuffs or had on its own with some sauces/seasonings like this…
Use it with veggies, gravies, milkshakes/smoothies , as a filling for chapathi/paratha ,add to soups , grill them with other foods , ..the options are innumerable
Here are some Dishes from my kitchen that uses tofu….
Garlic chives beancurd stir-fry -A chinese recipe
Strawberry tofu smoothie
Chocolatey banana tofu smoothie
Southwestern Tofu scramble
Fried tofu fingers with black magic dip
Tofu stuffed Paratha
Tofu Peas Pulao
So how do you use tofu?Share your ideas / tips and tricks …
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