Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tofu Pulusu (Tofu in spicy tamarind sauce)

This one is my own invention :). Inspired by my mom's Vankaya Pulusu and Bhindi Pulusu, I just replaced the veggies with tofu for this dish. The spicy, salty, sour taste makes tofu more interesting.

Cut the tofu into cubes. Sprinkle some salt on them, mix well and keep aside for sometime. The add a teaspoon of oil on a wide nonstick pan, spread the oil around and place the tofu in the pan in one layer. Leave for 2-3 minutes. Then try to flip the pieces so that the other side also gets browned. Once both sides are browned, take them off the heat and keep aside.

In a nonstick kadai, pour a teaspoon of oil. When the oil gets hot, add some mustard seeds and jeera. Once they start popping, add curry leaves, peeled whole garlic cloves, sliced ginger, sliced green chilli and sliced onion. Saute till the onions turn translucent.

Now add the tofu into the kadai, add salt, 1/2 tsp dhania powder, 1/2 tsp jeera powder and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder. Mix and stir for 2 minutes. Then add tamarind paste mixed in water or tamarind juice extracted from the pulp. Adjust salt according to the sourness of the tamarind. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover the kadai and let the tofu cook in the liquid.

Check after 3-4 minutes. You will see the tofu bulged, cause it would have soaked some liquid and all the flavours. Now remove from heat, sprinkle chopped dhaniya and serve hot with rice.

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Blogger Lakshmi Krishnan said...

Interesting recipe. Can we have it with noodles or fried rice?

November 16, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Tweety said...

@Lakshmi: Errr...I am somehow not infavour of trying it with noodles or fried rice.
It's a classic andhra dish with just tofu replaced, so I am guessing first try it with rice. Then if you like it, you can try it with other stuff.

November 16, 2006 8:15 PM  
Blogger Arul Prasad said...

Looks like a simple and easy to do recipe.

Some day when I start cooking(which might not be anytime soon)I'm gonna definitely try that. Having tasted the 'Bhindi pulusu' you made, I guess I can take the risk. ;o)

November 16, 2006 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Indira said...

What an interesting idea. I like it Tweety. I'll try it with rice noodle combination.

November 17, 2006 2:20 AM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

nice recipe, i'm going to try it Supriya.and by the way, I am Lakshmi from myrasoi, ya our blog designs are same but we are different

November 17, 2006 7:48 AM  
Anonymous nalini said...

Very novel way of cooking Tofu! and your tofu looks so--firm!...Very nice dish!

November 17, 2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger Partha said...

is tofu readily availble is b'lore?

December 12, 2006 8:28 PM  
Blogger Tweety said...

Yes, it's available in Food World, MK Ahmed and Namdhari. Namdhari also stores a higly expensive imported one, so don't let that bog you down. You can get tofu for under 35/-.

December 12, 2006 8:35 PM  

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