Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Flavorful Baked Tofu & Summer Rolls

I've been wanting to try out Nupur's Summer Rolls for a very long time now and finally bought the rice wrappers. Once the necessary veggies were chopped, these were a breeze to put together and the rice wrappers were very sturdy and also sealed beautifully when rolled. It made for a delicious, healthy, light dinner on a Friday evening. I wanted to make some really flavorful tofu because the rest of the veggies going in were raw (read bland) and this came together really well, so much so, we ate more than half of this just by itself and only stuffed the remaining in the rolls.

BAKED MARINATED TOFU


Ingredients:
Extra Firm/Firm Tofu - 10 oz
Light (less Sodium) Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp
Sriracha Chilli sauce - 2 to 3 tsp or to taste
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp
Honey - 1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp (optional)
Sesame seeds - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Black pepper (powder) - to taste
Oil spray (like PAM)

Method:
1) Wrap the Tofu blocks in 2 thick paper napkins (or washcloths) and press down with a weight so that all the water is released and it's kind of dry. This way it will absorb more of the marinade. Cube the Tofu into 1 to 1.5 inch pieces.

2) Meanwhile in a big bowl, blend together the soy sauce, chilli sauce, ketchup, honey, ginger garlic paste & sesame seeds. Toss the Tofu pieces in it and let it marinate for an hour atleast. If it's going to be marinated for very long, then it's probably better to refrigerate it.
[NOTE: The marinade shouldn't be too watery]

3) When ready, preheat the oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with foil (if preferred) and spray some oil. Sprinkle the cornflour and pepper powder on the tofu cubes and toss so it coats evenly.

4) Spread this out on the baking sheet in a single layer and coat with a little bit more oil. Bake in a hot oven for 30 to 35 minutes (turning over once halfway through the process) or till browned. Enjoy as is or use in the summer roll recipe.

For Nupur's Summer Rolls

These are extremely versatile and so we are at a liberty to pick the fillings going in so I just used what I had on hand that day - shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, the baked tofu pieces (above), mint and coriander leaves, mung sprouts, roasted red bell peppers and sprinkled pepper and the dipping sauce on the veggies before rolling them in. Yum!


This is my entry to JFI-Soya being hosted by the very talented and artistic Sia of Monsoon Spice. JFI is the brainchild of Indira of Mahanandi .

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Check out my other Tofu / Soy recipes:
Pan-Fried Tofu with Peanut dipping sauce
Tofu Scramble
Soya (granules) Upma

34 comments:

  1. wow tofu and summer rolls are delicious :) Perfect for this weather!

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  2. Looks too inviting gal..Love tofu..Nice recipes..

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  3. The baked tofu by itself looks very good to me. I remember the summer rolls from Nupur's blog.
    Your rolls look so delicate and pretty! I remember trying out your pan-fried tofu with the dipping sauce a long time back. It was really good.:D

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  4. I love these rolls and your scrumptious baked tofu must have elevated them to another level altogether.

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  5. nicerecipe...looks delicious!!!!

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  6. nicerecipe...looks delicious!!!!

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  7. WOW.. This sounds so healthy. Summer rolls so good. YUM!

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  8. Those are really crispy tofu's lavanya, summer rolls looks so yummy, could imagine how it would have tasted.

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  9. Gorgeous summer rolls, Laavanya! Looks delicious! :)

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  10. awww..those rolls are looking great...never really tried much with tofu but everybody loves it..

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  11. Wow tofu and rolls look very yummy nice entry for the event

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  12. I saw these wrappers in the store for a fancy price a few weeks ago. But I guess they WILL be fancy here, considering they're not native ... Your stuff really looks pretty.

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  13. Your marinated tofu is really making me drool! These summer rolls were one of my very favorite recipe "finds" last year. Your version looks so good!

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  14. WOW! No other word for that tofu! The marinade looks yummy!

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  15. I am drooling over the tofu Lavanya...And the summer rolls too looks healthy..Kids are in vacation. So little bit busy here.

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  16. ur summer rolls look so pretty, Laav!

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  17. yum! love baked tofu...urs has such a lovely color...and the rolls remind me..i gotta make some too..have the wrappers on me!

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  18. Love this baked tofu, look yummy yummy!!!

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  19. Yum! baked tofu and summer rolls..a perfect combination.

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  20. I'm bookmarking your Tofu recipe Laavanya - it looks yummylicious!

    Mamatha

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  21. mmm. delicious rolls and yummy tofu!

    BTW, something is waiting for you at my blog. Check it here:

    http://teluguruchi.blogspot.com/2008/08/potato-chain-and-some-sweet-moments.html

    Hope you like it!

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  22. Summer rolls look pretty and inviting...Love tofu too..

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  23. the summer rolls look very appetizing Laavanya! The tofu also looks delicious, but u know i am not a big fan, right! ;-) beautiful pics!

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  24. Excellent recipe! I LOVE tofu and I havent tried baking it so far. Are the rolls wrapped in Wonton paper? They look fantastic :)

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  25. Thanks Cham & Divya.

    TBC, yeah we loved them as such and the rolls were so easy. Thanks! :)

    Thank you DB - they did.

    Thank you Sowmya, Sukanya, Lavi, Kalai, SMN & Srivalli.

    Sra, oh really? They are rather cheap here... and since they are so thin.. there were quite a lot in 1 pack.

    Nupur, thanks! This was yet another awesome recipe.

    Sunshinemom - thanks.. I didn't quite think it would turn out this good - we loved it plain.

    THank you EC, Kamala, Poonam & Richa.

    Rajitha - thanks... do give it a try.

    Thank you Vanamala, Madhavi, VP & dindintonight.

    Mamatha, thanks - i hope you get a chance to try.

    UMa, thanks you so sweet.

    Thank you Sireesha.

    JZ, maybe you'll convert? But with all the yummy food your inlaws are making you wouldn't want to try tofu now... :)

    A&N - thanks.. have left a comment on your blog regarding the roll wrappers. They are rice wrappers not wonton.

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  26. both looks perfect..all ur dish make me drool....its just inviting ...luved the rolls snaps...

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  27. Lavanya both looks so lovely! I would like to grab some rolls from that plate....

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  28. Those summer roll are so appetizing..

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  29. great recipes.. so many soya recipes you have! I have to try atleast one of them:-)

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