These days, I am experimenting quite a bit with tofu. Frankly, I was not much of a tofu person until I lived in Hong Kong. It was there where I had seen how the localites would shop for fresh tofu every day (and it is very cheap) and make mouth-watering delicacies out of this. We Indians often tend to compare the tastes of tofu (made with soy milk) and paneer (made with buffalo or cow’s milk) and as we are used to the creamy taste and smell of the latter, we tend to experiment less with tofu. So I took up the challenge for myself to love this wonderful ingredient. I wanted to do something Indian with tofu and then, this dish was born. Yes, I loved the way the dish tasted!
Tofu has the property to absorb the flavours of other ingredients cooked with it. This tofu dish is a snap to assemble and tastes great. You are going to love this, teamed with this tangy chutney generously topped over it, which is indeed quite addictive.
Grilled Tofu with Toasted Peanut Chutney
Lime juice: 1 tbsp
Honey: 1.5 tsp
Salt: ½ tsp
Hard tofu: 250 g
Toasted peanuts (skin removed): ½ cup
Tomatoes (finely chopped): 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (cilantro; finely chopped): 1.5 tbsp
Purple onion (finely chopped): 1 tsp
Garlic paste: 1.5 tsp
Green chillies (chopped): 1 tbsp
Salt: According to taste
Water: 3 tbsp
Cut tofu into medium-sized rectangular shapes. Marinate them with the first three ingredients for just15 min. Grill on the gas stove or oven for 5 min on each side (or until there are dark brown grill marks on both sides). Remove.
Combine all the other ingredients together and blend to a fine paste. Adjust the seasoning.
Pour the chutney over the grilled tofu and serve as an appetiser.
I am sure you will find this recipe a little different than what you generally come across on the net. If you liked this recipe, do try it. And yes, if you bought some extra tofu, try yet another flavour:Steamed Tofu in Dried Shrimp Sauce
I wish all of my readers a very Happy Chinese New Year. Eat healthy and stay fit!