|Tofu Roti – A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti|
Tofu is a soy product which is often used as an alternative for meat specially by vegetarians. However considering the benefits of tofu, it is not only a favourite vegetarian food, but it is heavily consumed by most of the non-vegetarians too.
I tried tofu in different recipes, specially to get some Sri Lankan taste. Once I tried tofu in a curryand another time I used tofu in a salad. However, with its soft texture, finally I decided to try a recipe hiding tofu inside the ingredients. This tofu roti is a result of it.
Pol roti is a Sri Lankan popular flat bread which a dough made with flour and grated coconut is flatten on a pan. Then cook it until both sides are cooked and slightly roasted. I tried to hide tofu in this famous Sri Lankan traditional dish and the result was awesome. Even my husband who tried tofu roti didn’t know that I used some tofu inside it. However, he also commented that roti was soft on that day.
Yes, unlike traditional pol roti, this tofu roti is not very hard. It is soft and tastes well inside the mouth.
Now, after about 5-6 months of cooking these tofu roti, I thought of sharing the recipe with you all. Please try it and do let me know the outcome.
If we talk about tofu, it is made from soybean curd that is pressed into blocks. Tofu has a variety of uses which depend on its different moisture content. Usually soft tofu contains the highest moisture content. Its texture is similar to custard and therefore it is used widely for dessert recipes.
Another variety is firm tofu. Firm tofu contains less moisture than soft tofu. Most cooks even use this firm tofu as an alternative for eggs crumbled.
If we talk about health benefits of tofu, we cannot ignore its feature of Low in calories and high in protein. Also tofu contains no cholesterol. It also has shown the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Considering the above benefits of this amazing food, it’s no wonder that more and more people include tofu food as a part of their healthy lifestyle. So, now it is your turn if you haven’t tried tofu yet. Even if you eat tofu, this tofu roti may be a new recipe for you to try.
Below is my version of tofu roti adapted from Sri Lankan pol roti. Please try it and enjoy a healthy meal!
Ingredients (4-5 nos)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups fresh grated coconut
1 onion sliced
1-2 green chili sliced
1 sprig of curry leaves sliced
2 tbspn butter
Salt to taste (about ½ tspn)
Water (about ½ cup)
Add all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Add tofu onto this.
Slice onion, green chili & curry leaf .Add these to the bowl which contains flour & tofu.
Also add butter and grated coconut.
Now mix onion, green chili, and curry leaf with flour, butter & grated coconut.
Add some salt as per taste.
After mixing the ingredients, gradually add water. Kneed and make a dough.
Then make small balls from the dough.
Now, the dough is ready and we need to make roti.
Spread some flour on a chopping board or a plate, and flatten this small ball of dough to a round flat shape (Roti shape).Use a cutter if you like a nice round shape.
After that, heat a flat pan.
Then place this flatten roti on it.
Cook it for few minutes turning both sides until both sides get slightly roasted.
I don’t add oil to the pan as I mix butter to the dough. So, it doesn’t stick onto the pan.
Once the both sides get slightly roasted & brown remove the roti from the pan.
Continue the same procedure with remaining dough.
Serve roti with a spicy curry. A Pol Sambola is a perfect side too.
Do you cook with tofu? If so, in which kind of recipes? Please share your thoughts.