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deep-fried mashed tofu & vegetable balls

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 270 kcal
  • Total Time: 1 h 0 m
    • Prep: 45 m
    • Cook: 15 m
  • Japanese: Ganmodoki
Deep-Fried Mashed Tofu & Vegetable Balls


Step 1

step 1:

Wrap the tofu in a paper towel. Put it on a tray. Place a folded kitchen towel under one side of the tray and lean the tray on it. Let sit for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 2

step 2:

Bring the water to a boil, and add the green soybeans. Bring to a boil again, and boil for 5 minutes. Drain the soybeans in a colander and remove the green beans from the pods.

Step 3

step 3:

Cut the carrots into thin julienne slices.

Step 4

step 4:

Beat the tofu, egg, salt and potato starch (katakuriko) to a paste in a food processor. Pour the paste into a big bowl.

Step 5

step 5:

Add the green beans and carrots and mix very well. Form into 8 balls.

Step 6

step 6:

Heat the oil to 160°C. One by one, put the balls on a wooden spatula, and with chopsticks slide them into the oil.

Step 7

step 7:

Deep-fry 2 minutes. Turn over and deep-fry the same amount of time. Remove and drain the oil from them.


If you desire, dip the balls into either a little salt or soy sauce.


Ganmodoki is a shōjin ryōri (Buddhist Japanese cuisine) dish. It is not usually cooked at home, but can be purchased at local markets.