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Peanut Encrusted Grilled Tofu (Oil Free)

Uncertainty is beautiful. Although our intellect longs for clarity and certainty, its the uncertainty that is always fascinating. That’s how I would like to describe the weather here in Bangalore.  It’s not has hot as it was a few weeks before and at times it gets cloudy (its going to rain any moment type). The evenings are the best! Cool and breezy! All you need is a cup of tea and a nice crunchy, spicy and comforting snack.  The weather can be quite an excuse to munch on some deep fried stuff isn’t it? 😛 Snacks are always synonymous with something deep fried. Lets just break that norm! No compromise on taste! I promise!


Whenever I have cooked Tofu before, I have always ended up deep frying it and have loved it. Thanks to the new grill (actually its old, but I’ve started using it very recently, hence NEW :P), I ended up grilling the tofu and loved it equally.

Garlic, Chilies, Ginger, Tofu and some dark Soy.

I love the combination of sweet and spice and hence I made a marinade using the soy, palm sugar, tamarind, garlic, ginger, chilies and sesame and it turned out to be soooooo gooooood! The tiny bits of ginger, garlic and chilies bring in bagful of flavors.

I started making it, with the motive that at the end of it I should not say “It would taste better when fried” (which I do often). To have a perfect crunchy crust I decided to combine, peanuts and bread crumbs and the crust turned of just the way I wanted it to be.

Peanut and Bread Crumb Crust

It works really well as a perfect weeknight-accessible goodness. A bowl of steamed rice/noodles,  some salad with nice lemon based dressing, and this grilled tofu. You are eating well tonight for sure! 🙂

A No-oil Peanut Encrusted Grilled Tofu



1 packet tofu, cut into long rectangular slabs of 1/2″ thickness

For the marinade

2 tsp dark soya sauce

1 tsp palm sugar

1 tsp tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp roasted sesame seeds

1 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

1-2 green chilies, finely chopped

For the crust

1/2 cup crushed peanut powder

1/4 cup bread crumbs


In a pan mix the soya sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and chilies, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is cooled down to the room temperature, pour it over the tofu slabs.  Allow the slabs to soak in all the marinade for about 5-6 minutes.

Coat the tofu with the peanut and bread crumb mixture. Once the tofu is nicely coated, refrigerate  it for 20 minutes. This is to make sure that the crust is firm before grilling.

Place the tofu on the grill. Grill each side for about 5-7 minutes to get a perfect crust. Serve hot with some tomato ketchup.


The soya sauce has enough salt, hence add the salt accordingly to the marinade.


More to come… 🙂


Two Tier Chocolate And Orange Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing

Birthdays are always special whether you are seven or seventy, really doesn’t matter. There’s fun, smiles and cake! My cousin was here for his birthday and I had huge plans to make this perfect four tier chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and strawberries. I had grand plans, because I wanted to impress him with my ninja-like baking skills and hence I took a bold decision of making the icing as well.  Bold, because my previous attempts to make a smooth and  light icing with jussst the right amount of sweetness have been nothing short of a disaster.

The four tier chocolate cake was the “plan”, but eventually I ended up making a two tier cake with oranges. The cake turned out to be perfectly light, fluffy, sweet and chocolaty! And the icing was totally bonkers! Light and  very orangey.

I used the non-dairy whipping cream powder to make the icing. Its probably the easiest and quickest way to make a perfect whipped cream topping.  For all those people wondering where to find it, I have a simple solution- General Food Additives, Sheshadripuram, Bangalore.  That place is a one stop shop for all kinds of baking materials. I always end up feeling like a kid in a candy store whenever I go there 🙂

I had planned to write a birthday message with the icing but could it beat copious  amount of chocolate ganache? Nah! But learning how to make a perfect birthday/wedding cake is surely on my to-do list.



1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup vegetable/olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup orange juice


Sieve all the dry ingredients (flour,cocoa, baking powder and baking soda) twice and keep aside. In a cake bowl add oil, sugar, vinegar, orange juice and vanilla extract and give a good mix. Now add the flour+cocoa mixture and mix well. Once the dry ingredients are mixed well with the oil+juice mixture, start to fold the cake to get the proper consistency and texture.

Transfer the cake mixture in a baking tray (lined with parchment paper or oil and flour). Bake the cake for about 25-30 mins at 180 degrees.

For the icing

2 cups non-dairy whipping powder

1/2 cup orange juice


Pour in the non-dairy whipping cream powder in a bowl, and slowly add chilled orange juice. First add a tsp, check the consistency and then add again. You’ll know the icing is ready once it starts to form peaks. For extra orange flavor, add a tsp of orange juice concentrate.


For the ganache

1 cup dark cooking chocolate

2 tsp fresh cream


Melt the chocolate by microwaving it for 30 seconds. After taking the chocolate out of the microwave, give it a good mix. Once the chocolate comes down to the room temperature add cream and stir vigorously, to get a smooth mixture.

 Assembling the Cake:

Once the cake cools down,  cut it in the middle (horizontally). Use a broad spatula and cut the cake very gently.

Moisten the cake in the middle by adding orange juice. The cake will beautifully soak the juice immediately.

Add the cream on one part of the cut cake and spread evenly. Now place the other half of the cake. You will see a beautiful layer of the icing sandwiched between two gorgeous layers of chocolate cake.

Now pour the chocolate ganache on top of the cake and spread. You can be as creative as you want when it comes to decorating the cake.


The process is definitely time consuming, but its all worth it when you see a smile on the face of your loved one after he/she eats it and asks for more. 🙂





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