There is nothing much to say about this recipe, actually there is nothing much to this recipe either :). My kids love fries and they also love tofu. I have seen tofu responding very well to baking. So this recipe was a no-brainer, crunchy fries (just the way they want it) made with less than a tbsp of oil (just the way I like it 🙂 ).
To make this healthy munch, you will need :
1. Extra firm organic tofu (I used half the slab for this recipe)
2. Chilli powder or paprika – 1 tsp
3. Garlic Paste or Garlic powder – 1 tsp
4. Salt to taste
5. Oil – 1/2 tbsp
- First cut the tofu into strips. If you prefer super crunchy fries, cut them very thin. I prefer crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside kind, so I did medium cuts.
- For the rub, I mixed red chilli powder, garlic paste, salt and oil. You can also grind red chillies and garlic cloves to make a fresh rub or use the store bought chilli garlic paste.
- Rub the chilli garlic mix on the tofu strips gently. Even the extra firm tofu breaks easily, so be gentle :). Line a baking tray with foil or grease the tray with cooking spray and place the tofu strips on the tray in a single layer. Bake at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes and then flip the strips and bake for another 8 – 10 minutes , until your preferred texture is reached.
- As I expected the golden crunchy fries were gone in minutes and the kids were complaining that I didn’t make enough :). Well, there is always next time :).
I am beginning this post with an apology to Sugarfree Sweetheart Priya , because this recipe was intended to be part of the diabetic friendly food week she hosted, but did not make it in time :(. It was one of those weeks, where everything seemed calm and quiet until things started rolling and before you knew, it was an avalanche and you are buried deep under trying to catch a breath. It was frustrating to have all the photos in the camera, yet not able to find an hour to sort through them and post the recipe online. However, it was a happy avalanche , had my college buddy over for thanksgiving, and met two other college mates over the weekend and it was an unplanned and unintended mini college reunion, which is always fun.
Even though I didn’t post in time, the recipe is still a very diabetic friendly food and I just love it for its taste. I also have a weird personal connection with this “Adai”. In May 2002, suddenly I started craving Adai, so I kept making them two or three times a week, and two weeks later I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. And in July 2005, when I started super-craving Adai again, I just ran to the store and got an early pregnancy kit and guess what , I was pregnant with my second child. Pregnancies and the cravings…….. 🙂 No more crazy cravings…… and thank God for that !
So here is my Adai recipe for the Sugarfree Sweetheart’s Diabetic friendly food week:
To make the adai batter , you will need :
- Rice – 1 cup (use brown rice instead)
- Thur dal (split piegeon peas) – 1/2 cup
- Channa dal (split chick peas) – 1/2 cup
- Moong Dal (green gram) – 1/2 cup
- Urad Dal (black gram) – 1/2 cup
- fennel – 1 tsp
- cumin – 2 tsp
- dried red chillies – 2 or 3 (5 or 6 for spicier adais)
- Soak the rice and lentils in water for 3 hours. I also soak the red chilles with them as it helps them to grind better.
- After 3 hours, grind the soaked rice and lentils with red chillies, cumin, fennel and salt to make a coarse batter. I grind in my blender and it takes only two minutes.
- You can make pancakes with just plain batter. But adding onions and greens add more texture and taste to the adais. Traditionally, drumstick leaves are used. They are not available here, so I use spinach.
- Thinly slice an onion and chop baby spinach and add to the the batter.
- Heat a skillet and grease with cooking spray. Pour a spoonful of batter and spread evenly.
- When you see the adai browning slightly, flip over and cook the other side.
- Flip one more time and cook until you see brown spots. The lentil batter takes longer to cook.
Adais can be served with coconut chutney or a dollop of yogurt. If you ask me, they are good on their own :).
- Adai Aviyal (subbuskitchen.com)
- Lentil Dosa (premilashetty.wordpress.com)
- Mini Adai (subbuskitchen.com)
- Lentil Crepes (globalveg.com)