Chili Tofu

Chili Tofu

Chili Tofu:

History of Tofu: Tofu was invented in China, about 2000 years ago! Although the exact details is hard to claim, the story goes like this…accidentally cook dropped the seaweed in a pot of soy milk…seen them curdle and throw up into Tofu! Tofu was introduced to Japan, as early as 8th Century, where it gained its importance after 17th Century. The love for food and the greed for possessing all the nature’s best for themselves…made westerners to turn to tofu!! It was marketed as ‘meat alternate steak’!!

Science behind Tofu: Soya has isoflavones and oestrogen like substances, believed to be good for women’s health. Research says the phytoestrogens, genistein and diadzein forms as a receptors at estrogen docking sites! Thereby controlling the fluctuations in the hormones during menopause or even during irregular cycle and the hormonal imbalances. Isoflovones are believed to reabsorb calcium and strengthen bone…where osteoporosis is common in post-menopausal women. Tofu has significant amount of Iron and Copper. As you might be already aware of Iron and its importance(Iron is a key compound that is necessary for haemoglobin-red blood cells & oxygen transport)! Whereas copper, (so little studied, but still an important mineral to the body)it plays a good role along with magnesium, involves with an enzyme lysyl oxidase…they in turn act as cross-link between these collagen & elastin, which gives plasticity to the blood vessels, joints and bones…so ultimately they also reduce arthritis related pain!! Isoflavones also lowers bad cholesterol in the body, so prevents heart diseases. They are powerful anthioxidants, they maintain bone density and good for diabetic patient. More over Tofu is an exellant source of protein!!!

Caution: Soy beans has lots of isoflavones and thiocynates, so individual already having thyroid…please avoid it! As these components are considered as goiterogens(they interfere with thyroid gland’s function)!! Tofu is also rich in oxalates(guess, you guys remember about oxalates…I wrote few weeks ago). Well, oxalates may interfere with calcium absorption in the body also overdoing may lead to kidney troubles!!

Tofu, I can never relate it with my Indian counterpart ‘cottage cheese – Paneer’. Though in one way both are same, kind of bland but accepts all the flavours later while cooking!!


Extra firm, water packed tofu 100 grams – sliced
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Garam masala 1/4 spoon
Lemon juice few spoons
Vinegar few spoons
Oil for shallow frying.


Marinate tofu with all the above said ingredients, except oil.

Then shallow fry them carefully till crisp on the outside!

Serve warm as an appetizers.


30 Responses so far.

  1. Asha says:

    If you give me Tofu like that smothered with Chilli paste, I would gladly eat them all! :)

  2. Deepa Hari says:

    Looks delicious…reminds me of chilli paneer….nice info Malar…Thanks for sharing.

  3. Vishali says:

    very useful history about Tofu Malar…..chilli tofu looks delicious….thank you for sharing dear !

  4. Ann says:

    Ha,thats a meaningful post malar..Tofu looks so colorful and yummy..

  5. Priya says:

    Woww this looks yummy n spicy Malar, i have a packet of am gonna try this..thanks for sharing!

  6. Pooja says:

    Tofu is healthy substitute for paneer..looking delicious malar..

  7. I add tofus only in my stir-fry dishes and soups (that’s all I know for using it:)
    This way of marinating them in a hot and delicious paste and then frying them is intersting, yummmm, that must be crispy hot and soft at the same time; delicious appetizers :) nice color combination (presentation) of the greeny leeks and the red hot tofu fries!

  8. Priya Sriram says:

    Looks soooo inviting Malar! Great recipe! :)

  9. Ashwini says:

    looks picture ur presentation…

  10. Divya Vikram says:

    Great dish with tofu!

  11. Ushanandini says:

    Aah…hot and spicy tofu! A good appetizer for rainy days! (It’s raining here…)

  12. Lavanya says:

    looks appetizing way of eating tofu with chilli paste..nice info :)

  13. Great dish Malar, easy one too, I can make this for an evening snack today :)

  14. Fried tofu looks very new to me. Personally I have never found it tastier than paneer. Ur cautions are very great.. Nice to know about it.
    The picture is very lovely da.

  15. Meenal Mehta says:

    hi Malar..looks super good, will try this soon after I get well:)

  16. I love succulent Tofu’s..must have been a great appetizer Malar..!!

  17. Vibaas says:

    Very informative post on tofu.
    I made tofu similar to it couple of days back, but i didnt use vinegar. i love the way you’ve garnished it :)

  18. Sanghi says:

    Superb tofu delight.. Will surely try out!:)

  19. Valarmathi says:

    What a great way to eat tofu. Looks Great.

  20. Premyscakes says:

    It looks awesome malar. very much tempting.

  21. Ashwini says:

    Wow that spice in it..Looks yumm..

  22. Madhumathi says: looks superb…thanks for the info on tofu..its very useful!

  23. Hema says:

    very tempting and spicy tofu with lot of info….

  24. Yasmeen says:

    looks tempting..such flavorful tofu:)

  25. This is exactly how we make it at home. We have it as a snack with tea :)

  26. RAKS KITCHEN says:

    I wud luv to try this with paneer! Looks mouthwatering Malar!

  27. DEESHA says:

    Thatz a good one Malar .. looks gorgeous

  28. Swapna says:

    Chili Tofu looks really delicious!!!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment Malar:)

  29. AnuSriram says:

    Lovely recipe! Looks inviting!

  30. phanitha says:


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