Tofu- Nutritious and delicious

There are so many new food delicacies coming up today due to the high demand of people wanting to taste more variety in food. Tofu is one of the most demanded vegan items today but many non-vegetarian eat it with the same love for food! Tofu is believed to be found approx.2000 years ago and today there are various mouth-watering tofu recipes available all around the globe.

How to make Tofu?

Soybeans- the source of great nutrients for vegans

  • Soak 3 cups of dry soybean overnight in the fridge.
  • Remove the discolored beans and transfer some beans at a time to the blender with sufficient water. Blend.
  • Transfer the same to a large pot/pan. Now, add 12 cups of water to the processed beans.
  • Now, boil on low-medium flame for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Keep simmering and stirring frequently until the foam is formed, do not over boil.
  • Turn off the gas and strain the mixture; remove as much as milk as you can.
  • Place this soy milk on gas and heat up to 180 degrees; add 75ml lemon juice to the boiled soy milk.
  • Turn off the gas and stir gently for 5-10 minutes until the curd separates.
  • Thereafter, skim the curd into a mold, press a heavy object over it, and leave for 20-25 minutes. Your Tofu is ready!



Nutritional Value and Benefits of Tofu

  • Consuming per 100 grams of tofu will give you 52.47 g protein, 10.3 g carbohydrates, 7.2 g fiber, 477 mg calories.
  • It also gives you a small amount of Vitamins B, A, C, D, B12, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, folate, etc., at the same time.
  • It helps to reduce the level of bad cholesterol i.e. LDL in the body.
  • Regular consumption of tofu helps to maintain good cardiovascular health, brain health, prevent anemia.
  • Tofu contains isoflavones, which aids in managing the symptoms of menopause.
  • In addition, Tofu has anti-cancer properties, which help to reduce the risk of a certain type of cancer such as lung, breast, and prostate cancer.
  • It is rich in calcium hence help to prevent bone-related diseases like osteoporosis.

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Paneer versus Tofu

Paneer versus Tofu
Image credit: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-tofu-and-paneer

Sr.no.NutrientsPaneerTofu
1Calcium%45%25%
2Calories per 100 grams32070
3Calories gained from fat22035
4Protein per 100 grams20grms8grams
5Cholesterol per 100 grams90mg0mg

Interesting Tofu recipes

With so much to gain from this soybeans product, it is but natural to know how tofu can be included in the diet in interesting ways. Here are delicious tofu recipes to enjoy at home-

Tofu fried rice
Tofu recipes

Tofu fried rice is a mouth-watering recipe full of nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms cooked rice
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 200g stir fry baby vegetables
  • 100g green peas
  • 1tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 100g smoked tofu
  • Finely chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1 red chili, sliced

Method:

  1. In a non-stick pan, heat some oil and fry the cooked rice to 8-10 minutes until the rice is golden brown. Also, add chopped chili, garlic, and ginger to it.
  2. Mash the smoked tofu in a utensil.
  3. In another pan, add green peas and other baby vegetables and mix them well with tofu as well as soy sauce until it’s cooked properly. Cook till the time veggies are soft.
  4. Combine veggies and rice, give it a good mix and your tofu fried rice is ready to serve.
Vegan tofu scramble

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped red chili
  • Smoked paprika ½ tsp
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 225gram smoked tofu
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ finely chopped onion
  • Spinach (small quantity)
  • 2 slices toasted sourdough
  • ½ Diced courgette

Method:

  1. To make this tofu recipe heat some olive oil, add chili, garlic, and onions one by one, and cook them well. Add some seasoning.
  2. After 4-5 minutes, add cumin, paprika, and oregano, and cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add spinach to this and stir till it softens.
  4. Add mashed tofu to the pan mixture while stirring gently. The final look will be similar to scrambled eggs.
  5. Serve Tofu scramble with toasted sourdough slices and enjoy.

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Chilli Tofu Ramen Noodles

Chilli Tofu Ramen- one of the very delicious tofu recipes

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams non-egg ramen noodles
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5grms shredded ginger
  • 1-2tsp garlic oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 finely chopped spring onions
  • ½ tsp sake/mirin (rice wine)
  • 2 red chilies
  • 1 sliced mushroom
  • A handful of bean sprouts
  • 1-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1tsp dark soy sauce
  • A handful of winter greens(kale/spinach)
  • 150 grams marinated tofu, diced

Method: 

  1. In a large pot add sliced mushrooms, bean sprouts, garlic, ginger, mirin, red chili, and add 2-liter water to it.
  2. Boil it for 30 minutes until all the veggies are cooked and the stock releases the fragrance.
  3. Turn off the gas and strain the mixture to a new pan. Remove ginger, garlic, and chilies from it and discard them.
  4. Blanch the wintergreens and bean sprouts and drain them well.
  5. Take four bowls and put boiled ramen noodles equally into it.
  6. Now divide the marinated tofu, bean sprouts, and veggies into four sections and put into the four bowls.
  7. Pour adequate stock in all four bowls, add some soy sauce and garnish with spring onions.



Tofu tacos:
Tofu recipes

Delicious and nutritious Tofu Tacos!

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 corn tortillas
  • Salsa -1 cup
  • ½ finely chopped cabbage
  • 12 tsp lemon juice
  • 400-gram firm tofu
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2tsp groundnut oil
  • 3-4 tbsp Dairy-free soy yogurt

Method:

  1. For this tofu recipe, add 1-2 tsp lemon juice and some cabbage to a bowl of salsa.
  2. Cut tofu into 8-10 cubes of 2cm each.
  3. Mix all the spices in groundnut oil and add the tofu-salsa mixture to it and stir well.
  4. Now, fry the tofu pieces for 2 minutes.
  5. Fill the mixture into warmed tortillas, squeeze some soy yogurt over it, and serve it with any sauce of your choice.
Tofu soup

Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 4-5grms shredded ginger
  • 1-liter vegetable stock
  • A handful of sesame seeds
  • 100gram smoked tofu
  • 1 sliced mushroom
  • 1 sliced kale
  • 4 shredded nori snack sheets

Method: 

  1. Heat the vegetable stock, add mushroom, ginger, garlic and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add kale to the stock and boil for the next 2-4 minutes.
  3. Turn off the gas and discard garlic from the stock.
  4. In frying pan heat sesame oil and fry Tofu for 4-5 minutes until the Tofu turns golden brown and crispy. Turn off the flame.
  5. Put tofu into a deep soup bowl and add an adequate amount of vegetable stock mixture into the bowl.
  6. Garnish with nori sheets and sesame seeds.

With all the crucial information in your hand, do try the above Tofu Recipes to attain good health with Tofu!

References:

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-tofu-and-paneer
https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/vegetarian/best-ever-tofu-recipes/

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