Chilli Tofu [Video Recipe]

Batter fried tofu tossed in a spicy Chinese influenced sauce

Batter fried tofu in a spicy chinese sauce with green capsicum

Has the football fever caught up with you? I know I'm reeling with it. How exciting was last night's match, the match swung the Portugal side and then the Spain side and unfortunately ended up a draw. An exciting match always demands exciting food to accompany it. And this Chilli Tofu is definitely as exciting as it gets. Batter coated Tofu fried crispy and added to a sweet, sour and spicy sauce influenced by Chinese flavors along with some green Capsicums or peppers.

In my last post, I showed you How to make Tofu at home!! And I made this Chilli Tofu following that exact recipe for Tofu.

Batter fried tofu in a spicy chinese sauce with green capsicum

Firstly, how do you like your Tofu? I personally LOVE fried Tofu. The first time I ate  tofu, I disliked it. But when I had it fried I was so hooked on. I now eat it in any form with relish. This Chilli tofu will convert any Tofu hater. Tofu is dipped in a simple batter made from corn flour or corn starch, ginger-garlic paste and red chilli powder or paprika. Pan fry the dipped Tofu. You can also deep fry it, but you know how I steer away from deep frying anything, so pan fried it was for me. 

The sauce is an extremely easy sauce. It is heavily influenced by Chinese flavors. It starts with sauteeing onions, garlic and green capsicum. In goes Soy Sauce and Sriracha Sauce. I like the tang and heat that Sriracha sauce brings in. If you don't have Sriracha Sauce, just use regular chilli sauce or tomato ketchup and increase the amount of red chilli powder you add. Thicken the sauce with cornflour and mix in the fried tofu. 

Who says Vegan food has to be boring? Serve this to all those who think so!! 

You can make this with Paneer if you want a vegetarian option following the same recipe.

Batter fried tofu in a spicy chinese sauce with green capsicum

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Video Recipe


Chilli Tofu

Batter fried tofu in a spicy chinese sauce with green capsicumBatter fried tofu tossed in a spicy Chinese gravy.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Asian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3


For the battered fried Tofu:

200 gms firm Tofu
3 Tbsp Corn Starch / Corn Flour
1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour (Maida)
1.5 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder or Paprika
Salt to taste
Water as required

For the gravy:

2 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce or Tomato Ketchup
2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 Capsicum
3-4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
1.5 cups Water
1 finely chopped Onion


To make the battered fried Tofu:

1. Take the cornflour in a large bowl.
2. Add in flour, 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste and 1 tsp red chilli powder.
3. Add half cup of water and mix well to form a thin batter. Add salt to taste.
4. Dice the tofu into bite sized pieces.
5. Dip the tofu in the batter until each piece is fully coated.
6. Heat 3 Tbsp Oil in a pan.
7. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu.
8. Flip the tofu when it browns on one side. When all the sides of the tofu are brown, remove from oil and keep aside.
9. If you are using a small pan, you can fry the tofu in batches.
10. Remove from pan and keep aside.

To make the gravy:

1. In the same pan that we fried the tofu, there will still be some oil left. Add finely chopped onion to it and fry until translucent.
2. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until fragrant.
3. Add diced capsicum and saute for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Mix well.
5. Add 0.5 red chilli powder.
6. Add 0.25 cup water and boil for 2-3 minutes.
7. Add salt to taste.
8. Add the remaining batter used for dipping the tofu. Add it by the spoonfuls as the corn flour will instantly thicken the gravy.
9. If the gravy is thick, add more water, if it is thin, add 0.5 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 Tbsp water.
10. Boil the gravy for 3-4 minutes.
11. Add the fried Tofu and mix well.
12. Simmer for 2 minutes and serve hot.
13. This can be enjoyed as an appetizer or served as a side with fried rice or noodles.

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