Sugarcane Smoked Tofu
Are you looking for a unique appetiser for your home party this summer? Chef Gautam Mehrishi has the perfect recipe for you. Sugarcane Smoked Tofu is a beautiful combination of flavours of lemongrass, palm jaggery, caramelised banana leaf and sugarcane.
Sugarcane Smoked Tofu

- Indian


- 1

Cooking Time

-20-25 Min


- Medium

Preparation Time

- 12-15 Min


  • FOR Sugarcane Smoked Tofu
  • 1 sugarcane
  • 6 - 7 lemongrass stem
  • FOR marination
  • Kaffir lemon leaves
  • 1 - 2 tbsp fine turmeric
  • 2 chopped red chillies
  • 1 tsp lemon grass
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli
  • 1 tsp bottom part of the lemongrass
  • 1 tsp palm jaggery
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugarcane juice
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 50 gm tofu and Banana leaf
  • FOR sauce
  • 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 tsp fine raw turmeric
  • 1 cup leeks
  • 1 tsp cumin, coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped Thai ginger
  • 1 cinnamon & star anise
  • 1 cup spring onion
  • 1 cup sugarcane juice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder and 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 tsp refined oil
  • 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • For Garnish: Spring onions, Chopped beans, Coconut milk and Red chilli powder


  1. 1

    For preparing marination, in a blender jar, add onion, kaffir lemon leaves, fine turmeric, chopped red chillies, lemongrass Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilli, the bottom part of lemongrass, palm jaggery, lemon juice Add soy sauce, tamarind paste, sugarcane juice and blend it.
  2. 2

    In a heated pan, add sugarcane, lemon grass stem and leave it to caramelise Prepare a base using banana leaf Cut the slices of tofu and marinate it in the paste Add the marinated tofu over banana leaves and let it cook.
  3. 3

    In a heated pan, add olive oil, sliced onion, finely chopped raw turmeric, leeks, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chopped Thai ginger, cinnamon and star anise Add chopped spring onion, sugarcane juice, salt as per taste, roasted cumin seeds powder, tamarind paste and let it cook.
  4. 4

    Add coconut milk, honey, and keep stirring Add refined oil, coconut oil and let it cook well.
  5. 5

    For presentation, caramelise a piece of sugarcane, place the tofu over it and pour the sauce Garnish with chopped beans, spring onions, coconut milk and red chilli powder.
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Chef Gautam Mehrishi loves a fragrant pot of desi ghee, biking through the Himalayas and adding a twist to Indian food, not necessarily in that order! His grandpa was his earliest fan who urged him to follow his passion and cook professionally, and he’s never looked back! He’s a familiar face on television, including LF where he hosts multiple shows.

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