Fried Bread with Sesame Tofu & Spiced Onions

Is it naan? Is it a pizza? Is it a pancake? Doesn’t matter — it’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. For the wannabe bread bakers out there who need the ‘quick ‘n’ dirty’ version … this one is for you!

Preparation time Prep: 15 mins
cook 30 mins
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 150ml water
  • Pinch salt
  • 40ml extra virgin olive oil
Spiced onions
  • 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Sesame tofu
  • 200g semi–firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
To serve
  • 1 bunch coriander
Recipe: Simon Toohey


  • 1Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  • 2Coat the onion wedges in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder and smoked paprika, place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until caramelised.
  • 3In the meantime, mix the flour, water, and salt together until a loose batter is made; you may need a little more water if you find the batter too thick.
  • 4Add the 40ml olive oil to a heavy–based frying pan or cast-iron pan and place on high heat. Once the oil is super hot, pour in the batter and spread it around so that it's relatively thin. Let it fry away until it's golden brown and crisp, being careful not to burn it. If it's colouring too quickly you may need to turn the heat down to medium heat. Flip and repeat — the flip side will require less time to cook! Once crispy, place your pancake on a chopping board to cool.
  • 5In the hot pan, fry your tofu cubes in sesame oil for a few minutes until they start going a golden brown colour. Then add the sesame seeds to the pan so they can toast lightly. Add the salt, and toss to combine. Once the white sesame seeds start to change colour, remove from heat.
  • 6Top your pancake with tofu, then pull apart your caramelised onion wedges a bit to spread pieces evenly across the pancake. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and drizzle with any reserved sauce from the baking tray. Enjoy!
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