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Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with a hint of nuttiness – this Japanese appetizer is a perfect summer treat when served along with some chilled lemonade. Or relish this vegan starter with some sweet & spicy Asian flavored dipping sauce. This appetizer is a perfect side to some light and clear soups too! It is easy to put together but is a nice touch to your vegan or Asian or summer menu!
Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 10-15 mins
Makes 12 pieces
Tofu – 12 pieces of 2″x1″
Vegetable oil – to pan/ shallow fry
Spring onion greens (optional) – to garnish
For the batter :
Plain Flour – 1/2 cup
Cornflour – 2 tbsp
Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste
For crispy coating :
Cornflakes – 1/2 cup crushed or as needed
Black sesame seeds – 1 to 2 tbsp
To Serve :
Sweet Chiili Sauce or Chilli Jam
1. Take tofu block and put it in a bowl of hot water for 3 to 4 mins (not more). Drain well. You can keep this tofu in a muslin cloth and put it between two wooden blocks for few minutes to drain well as tofu contains large quantities of water. Cut into cubes.
Crush the cornflakes with hands or in a blender till almost fine (leave it slightly coarse).
2. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the batter. Add enough water to make a thick batter of fritters batter consistency.
3. In another shallow bowl/plate combine the crushed cornflakes and the sesame seeds. Mix lightly.
4. Dip the tofu cubes in the batter, roll in the cornflakes mixture and pan fry in few tsps oil till they turn golden brown on all sides.
5. Garnish and serve hot with Sweet Chilli Sauce.
1. You could add white sesame seeds instead of black.
2. Soaking tofu in hot water will help to remove impurities if any and soften them enough to absorb the flavors of the other ingredients well.
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About the Author: Born & brought up in South India amongst hard core food enthusiasts, cooking & food has always been an important part of my growing years, with every family gatherings accompanied by a scrumptious & elaborate meals. A brief stint in an auditing firm and then later my increasing passion for food led me to explore the wonder world of vegetarian and vegan cooking full time. My forays into the culinary world involve recreating the almost-lost traditional Indian recipes to experimenting with easy to make international vegetarian dishes or making a pleasing yet simple and healthy home cooked meal. My style of cooking is simple to cook dishes from easily available ingredients peppered with the occasional indulgence with new techniques and ingredients. I try and look for healthier options wherever possible but do not compromise on the taste. This passion for cooking led me to start my own food blog Prats Corner which includes traditional recipes I grew up with, other Indian cuisines, fusion and international dishes, bakes and some of my own experiments in the test kitchen.