Chilli Garlic Tofu

Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Course: Appetizer: – Main Course
Time: 40 minutes
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Tofu pieces coated in a lip-smacking sauce. Chilli Garlic Tofu is a quick and delicious fusion vegan recipe that will have you reaching out for more. 


  • 200 gms tofu
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds for garnish

For the marinade

  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp light soya sauce

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp green chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

For dredging

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour


  • To begin, cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces. If you are using silken tofu, soak it in warm water for at least 10-15 minutes so that it stiffens a bit. Or it might be difficult to handle.
  • Marinate it with ginger garlic paste, salt, light soy sauce, and red chilli powder. Mix well and keep aside.
  • Dice the tomato, capsicum, and onion. Remove the pulp from the tomato. Make sure the size of the vegetables is similar to the tofu.
  • Mix together the all-purpose flour and cornflour for dredging in a large bowl. Add in the marinated tofu and mix until the pieces are well coated. Dust off the extra flour.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Fry the tofu pieces until golden. Remove and keep aside.
  • To prepare the sauce, heat the sesame oil in a pan. Add the chopped ginger and garlic and saute for a minute.
  • Add in the chopped onions and saute until translucent.
  • Add in the green chillies and mix. Do not brown the onion.
  • Add in the diced capsicum and the onion and mix well. Saute for a minute or two. Add in the diced tomato and mix.
  • Add in the tomato puree, tomato sauce, light soy sauce, vinegar, and chilli sauce. Mix well.
  • Make a slurry of 1 tbsp cornflour with 1 tbsp of water. Add it to the sauce and cook until it thickens.
  • Add in the fried tofu pieces and mix until well coated. Add a bit of water as required if you find the consistency too thick.
  • The Chilli Garlic Tofu is ready to serve. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve hot.

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