Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Peppery Tofu

(Adapted from Archana Pidathala's recipe)

5-6 Oz of Tofu - Pressed, drained and cut into thin pieces
1 tsp of Olive Oil
Salt to taste

Spices for Seasoning
1/4 tsp of Whole Black Peppercorns
1/2 tsp of Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp of Fennel Seeds
1/2 tsp of Coriander Seeds

1. Dry roast all the spices for seasoning until they turn slightly brown. Be careful not to burn them.
2. Let the roasted spices cool and then grind them into a coarse powder.
3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cut tofu pieces and saute them on a medium heat until they are nicely browned on both sides. You can cook them a bit longer if you like crispy tofu.
4. Put the spices - you do not have to add all of it, you can add as much as you like. Add salt. Mix it well.
6. Cook the tofu with spices for a few more minutes and then serve it hot with a side of vegetables. In this case I served it with some sauteed cabbage and cucumbers.

1. You can make this spice mixture ahead of time and store it in an airtight container.
2. You can modify the spices by adding paprika instead of peppercorns or red chilies etc.
3. The spice measurements were a bit extra for my 6 oz of tofu, so I ended up using only 3/4 of the mixture, but you can adjust it according to your taste.