Monday, February 10, 2014

Pan Fried Tofu with Sweet Corn


Firm Tofu - 1 slab
Sweet Corn - 1 cup
Purple Cabbage, shredded - 1/4 cup
Pear, peeled and diced - 1/2 cup
Cucumber, peeled and diced - 1/2 cup
Cherry Tomatoes - 3
Lettuce Leaf - 1 large (optional)
Soft Butter - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tsp
Lemon Extract - 2 tsps
Peppercorns, freshly ground - 1/4 tsp
Oregano Powder - 1/8 tsp
Garlic Powder - 1/8 tsp
Salt - to taste

For Marinade:

Yogurt/Curd - 1/2 cup
Olive Oil - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/8 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp

For Serving:
Lettuce Leaf - 1 large (optional)
Serving plate -1


  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for marinade. Whisk thoroughly until well combined.
  2. Using a fork or a skewer prick fine holes on the tofu slab.
  3. Soak the tofu slab in the prepared marinade for atleast 1 hour.
  4. Wash the 2 lettuce leaves with cold water. Tear one of them roughly. 
  5. Wash and half the cherry tomatoes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, take diced cucumber, lettuce leaf pieces and pear fruit. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, oregano powder. Toss well. Keep aside.
  7. Heat a non-stick flat-bottomed pan. Set the flame to low.
  8. Carefully pick the tofu slab from the marinade and place it on the griddle. Let it roast for some time until it browns well and turns a bit crunchy. Using the oil and sugar in the marinade helps give it a nice brown color and makes it crunchier.
  9. Flip the side of the tofu slab and continue to roast.
  10. Once both the larger sides of the slab are roasted enough, you might have to use a pair of tongs to hold the tofu slab to roast the other sides of it.
  11. Meanwhile, steam cook sweet corn. I sprinkled little water and microwaved on HIGH for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Discard all the water, if any, from the cooked sweet corn.
  13. Mix well with butter, salt and lemon extract. 
  14. Sprinkle red chilli flakes. Toss well. Keep aside.

Assembling to Serve (you can assemble as you desire; this is how it did it):
  1. Place the tossed cucumber, pear and lettuce leaf in one corner of serving plate.
  2. Place shredded purple cabbage beside it.
  3. On another side place the halved tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle peppercorns on the arranged fruits and veggies.
  5. Now place the lettuce leaf in another corner of the plate.
  6. Spoon out the prepared sweet corn on the lettuce leaf.
  7. Now place the roasted tofu.
  8. Serve immediately.


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