Last Saturday, my hubby’s company organized a family day at ITZ ( a family fun place with arcade games and bowling). We all had great fun there all day, with a buffet and lots of games. We did some bowling too. Thus this Saturday has gone by without much serious cooking. So on Sunday I decided to make a grand lunch. I made this tofu stir fry/chili tofu, which in turn is an adaption of Indo Chinese dish Chili paneer.
Indo Chinese dishes are contribution of Chinese immigrant settled mainly in the north Eastern India, Kolkata and to some extent in Mumbai. Chinatown is there in both Kolkata and Mumbai. Indo Chinese dishes consist of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. Today every restaurant will have at least few indo Chinese dishes in their menu. Indo Chinese dishes include chili (means hot and batter-fried), Manchurian ( means a sweet and salty brown sauce), and Szechwan (means a spicy red sauce). They may uses local spices turmeric, cumin coriander etc.
If I say paneer, my hubby will start run from there. I don’t know why he hates it but he does that. If he runs, my kids will join him also. They too are against paneer, then as a punishment for cooking paneer in the house I need to finish it. But if I make tofu, he will join to do taste test. Kids may or may not join. So I always try my paneer dishes with tofu. Since it healthier than paneer also both them has no taste as such, if you combine with some spices and sauce they will excel each other.
This not the chili we have here in the States, it is a side dish made with batter fired tofu and then they cooked again with veggies and sauce. It is delicious. I made this tofu stir fry with my own sauce version, added, sweet chili sauce, tomato ketchup, and Chinese black rice vinegar. I had some vinegar and sauce I bought for making Chinese dumpling soup that I wanted to use. So whenever I make any dish that requires Chinese ingredients, I will try to use them.
First tofu are pressed well and cut into cubes, small cubes and then it is dipped in batter made with all purpose flour and corn starch, ginger garlic paste and salt. Then they are shallow fried. The sauce is made with veggies, onion, tomato ketchup, soya sauce, sweet chili sauce and Chinese black rice vinegar. Spices used include green chili and pepper. It is really easy and delicious and goes well with a bowl of or rice. Give it a try simple delicious dish, you will love it.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.