Saturday, June 28, 2008

Stir Fried Tofu

Who wouldn't be happy if we can exchange our good grades for cash? This is exactly what happened when Best Buy in our area offered money for every A earned in the final report card for a maximum of $25. DD's friend called to let her know and she bugged and bugged till we finally took her there. It was indeed true, no gimmick. The gift card was immediately spent on a game but atleast she earned it :)

Green Earth
Tip 1: Dried mint in cupboards keep bugs away. Healthy and safe way to keep those critters at bay.
Tip 2: A few cloves or/and a few pods of cardamom in rice or dal keeps most bugs away.

Tofu is not a big favorite and in the same category falls broccoli. If I had an option I would not pick either of them voluntarily. The kids like broccoli when it is roasted with some chili/sambhar powder and salt as for Tofu the best liked recipe is Sig's Tofu Scramble. But this recipe looked like something to try, tofu and broccoli not withstanding.

It made for an excellent light meal stuffed into some Pita bread or just by itself. The soft tofu with the crunchy vegetables and the spicy sweet peanuts made it an excellent pita sandwich.


Recipe Source: Caramelized Tofu Stir Fry
1. 1 Pack Extra firm Tofu
2. 1 Head of broccoli broken into florets
3. 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, 1/2 Yellow bell pepper deseeded and cut into strips
4. 1 tbsp chopped peanuts
5. 3 cloves garlic chopped fine
6. 1 tsp red chili powder
7. 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
8. 2 -3 tsp Thai chili sauce
9. salt to taste
10. 3 tsp oil

1. Squeeze the excess water from the tofu and cut into strips
2. Heat oil in a pan and when hot and in medium heat, lay the tofu strips and let them brown for about 3-4 minutes.
3. Turn them around and let them on the other side for a minute.
4. Now add the chopped garlic and chopped peanuts and gently stir fry till the garlic is cooked.
5. Add the brown sugar and about a tsp of the chili sauce and toss them around gently to coat the tofu pieces. Set them aside and close with a lid
6. Now add a tsp more oil and when hot add the broccoli and bell pepper strips, salt and stir fry till they are cooked but maintain their crunch.
7. Add a bit more of the chili sauce and toss around.
8. Add the tofu, sprinkle the chili powder and more salt if required.
9. Remove from the heat.


Serve in Pita bread with some Greek Yogurt on the side or spread on the Pita. Sprinkle more of the Thai Chili sauce is desired.


  1. nice use of tofu in this recipe..thanx for the recipe..

  2. $25!!! Man, wish we had that incentive here, would have earned a LOT!:D
    Tushar wants Guitar Hero, costs $50!!Would have helped, he always gets all A's!I will ask Arvind to check in Best Buy here. Tell DD she did a good job!:))
    Trisha likes Tofu and Broccoli with lemon and pepper, looks good Indo. Enjoy.
    Since Trisha got the full driving license, we are making trial run to local U every weekend. She has to drive alone on Aug 25th, I am going throw up that day for sure! :D

  3. Tofu and broccoli is a lovely combo, and having it with pita and greek yoghurt is a neat idea!

  4. ISG, please convey congratulations to your DD. As you said, she earned it but nevertheless a precious moment for sure.
    Tofu and I are not really best friends. I keep seeing tofu on all the blogs still don't have the courage to do it. You have a very healthy variation.

  5. That's an encouraging incentive!!

    love the combo of brocolli and tofu..though I'm just getting myself to like both these food...

  6. ISG, congratulations to your DD.. well done!! I love both and your scramble looks lovely. On another note , I tried your horsgram(koll) chutney and it was awesome.. I would love to know if you have any other use for it...

  7. Dee, Tofu scramble was from Sig's blog :)

    Horsegram can be made into sundal just like you would any other sundal. It tastes great with vegetables like snake gourd. Try this recipe with snake gourd.
    I also add a measure of it while making adai or paruppu dosai. Amma also makes rasam with powdered horse gram and also a chutney. Will post recipes.
    Also made a new label for Horse gram. HTH.

  8. Congrats on your daughter getting such good grades! Amazing the incentives kids can get, hug? I'm not a huge fan of tofu either, but this does look really good! :)

  9. How did I miss this one!? I love tofu any way shape or form. A must-try for me -- lovely photos! And congrats to your daughter on her great report card :)


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