How to make Five Spice Tofu - Delicious silken tofu and green capsicums flavoured with five spice.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Tofu (टोफू), Green capsicum (हरी शिमला मिर्च )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Five Spice Tofu Recipe Card

Five Spice Tofu

Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Five Spice Tofu Recipe

  • Tofu silken 200 grams

  • Green capsicum 2 medium

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tablespoon

  • Cinnamon one inch sticks 4

  • Dry ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Black peppercorns 15-20

  • Sichuan peppers 1/2 teaspoon

  • Star anise 1/2

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Spring onions sliced 2-3

  • Ginger sliced 2 inch piece

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Salt to taste

  • Dark soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons

  • Cornflour/ corn starch dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water 3 tablespoons


Step 1

Grind fennel seeds, cinnamon, dry ginger, black peppercorns, Sichuan peppers and star anise to a powder. This is five spice powder.

Step 2

Quarter onions and separate the layers. Halve green capsicums, remove seeds, cut into squares and then into triangles. Cut bean curd into squares and then into triangles and set aside.

Step 3

Heat one tablespoon oil in a wok, add onions and green capsicums and toss to glaze. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.Heat remaining oil in a wok. Add spring onions, ginger and green chillies and sauté.

Step 4

Add bean curd and toss. Add salt, soy sauce, sugar and half a teaspoon of five spice powder and toss.Add the glazed onions and green capsicums and toss once more.Add cornflour mixed in water and cook for a minute or two.

Step 5

Sprinkle a little five spice powder and serve hot.