May 27

Sesame Tofu

Cut up a packet of (preferably firm) tofu (about 200 gms) into approximately 1-inch cubes. On a tray (I used a cutting board) spread out 3-4 tablespoons of sesame seeds. Put the tofu pieces on the seeds and gently press each piece, so that the seeds get stuck to the tofu piece. Coat the tofu on all sides with the sesame seeds like this.
Put cooking oil in a frying pan so as to cover the bottom of the pan and heat it. Add 2-3 dried red chilies and fry them for a bit. Reduce heat to medium and carefully add the tofu pieces into the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes and then gently turn the tofu pieces over to the other side, taking care not to dislodge the sesame and cook further for another 5 minutes or so, till it turns a yummy light golden brown. Don’t overcook.
Gently remove the tofu pieces and the red chilies. If you don’t like too much sesame, you could scoop out some of the sesame seeds left over in the oil as well. Discard the red chilies or save them up for someone like dinesh πŸ™‚

To the same oil, add 2-3 pieces of finely chopped ginger and cook till browned. Add 2 thinly sliced carrots and cook as long as you like. Some people like their carrots well done, I like mine crunchy. Add a handful of par boiled green peas, and just stir it around on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Wash and slice 5-6 mushrooms into chunky pieces and add these in last. Add 3-5 tablespoons of soya sauce (I used tamari which is quite strong so used just 2 tablespoons). Optionally also add 3-4 tablespoons of oyster sauce (this is vegetarian, don’t worry πŸ™‚ ).

Cook on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes till everything is coated with the sauces and cooked to your taste. A generous handful of finely chopped spinach or bak choy also tastes really nice in this.

Finally gently add in the tofu pieces and carefully toss for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with hot toasted buttered whole wheat bread.

You can also use sesame oil instead of the olive oil, but then it can become quite spicy.

Jai Gurudeva!



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15 Responses to “Sesame Tofu”

  1. mohit says:

    mouth watering…..
    kya bau bhookh baada di….i have to do kriya….

  2. Janaki says:

    this looks yummmyyy. i also want to make it…

  3. Jay says:

    1 tip for you mohit, always check bau’s blog after kriya.
    That way you get the double joy of making the stuff he posts here.

    Bau I have never felt like making something that consists tofu but this is a very tempting offer. πŸ˜€

    Today’s Menu:
    Roasted Tomato Soup
    Sesame Tofu
    And some toasted wheat bread πŸ™‚
    Have you ever tried this dish with paneer instead of tofu anytime?
    Let us so that I can make it too.

  4. Madhavi says:

    It looks very delicious…..

  5. jaideep says:

    2tsp of lemon juice, can it be added to make the dish juicy and even tastier.
    and it tofu does sound exotic. πŸ™‚

  6. komal kapur says:

    yummyyyy bau ive tried this one before and yup i used honey sesame :roll the toofu into a mis of a bit of honey, rice flour and sesame – honey glazed. This dish also tastes yumm with hot steamed rice . In your modification can one add red , yellow and green bell peppers ?lemme know i wanna to try it without the honey glaze..and i like theeka also..
    and my blog has 76 posts do have a look and leavbe your valuable comments whenever you have the time..

  7. Anshika says:

    @ the counter comment by Bau

    hehehe…Ya! very true indeed! πŸ™‚

  8. Elsa says:

    Dear Dinesh,

    the yummy tofu looks like the Chinese food…
    Do you like Chinese foods?
    Do you wanna learn how to cook them?
    We will bring you all the great Chinese vegan foods.
    Wait for you and see you soon.

    Jai Guru Dev

  9. Parth says:

    Bawa i am amazed at the same time little sad that you havent wite anything about MANGOs Why??

    Do write something about it…!


  10. ashit says:

    Very Tempting πŸ˜‰

    miss the good time at the Ashram…

  11. karthik says:

    I tried this one today. I thought it was coming up well and smelling good. I left the vegetables and the tofu on the pan longer than I needed to.When I finished I realized it got burnt and there was too much sesame. Got messed up.
    Will try it again a few weeks later -may be use paneer.

  12. Bhumika says:

    Dear Bau,

    I made sesame tofu today for AOL volunteers. It came out to be so amazing and tasty. Its hard to find good vegetarian food in restuaurants in Australia. Sometimes restaurant staff considers eggs or fish or (whatever they like) as vegetarian and suggest that to eat. So whenever we meet as a get together we make different dishes for your website.

    With love,


  13. Thank you , I enjoy reading about other vegetarians and vegans as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipes here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

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