Spicy Kadai Tofu

Whenever P finds out that we are having Tofu-something for dinner, his work day gets extended miraculously, from 7 pm to 9pm, and he is invariably half full by the time he comes home , on some random snack picked up on the way. :-w

But a couple of evenings back, I decided to do a little number on him, when I told him that I am making kadhai paneer for dinner. And what d' you know, P is home at 7:00 sharp, full appetite in tow. I barely get time to take a few hurried pictures, when we begin to eat. Midway through the meal, I tell him that he is eating tofu but by now he is too involved with the dinner to care !:D/

Finally,after we finish dinner, his verdict was : If this is so good with tofu, I can only imagine how awesome it will taste with paneer !

This has therefore become my goto recipe for any dish with the kadhai pre-fix. Kadhai-mushroom, K-gobhi, K- aloo..

My base recipe was Sanjeev Kapoor's kadhai paneer recipe, and the only change I have made is to cut down the quantity of oil mentioned, in addition to substituting pan fried tofu for paneer.

Firm Tofu 300 gms
2 medium sized Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 capsicum (chopped into large chunks)
1 medium sized Onion-sliced
1 tsp each Ginger & garlic paste
2 Dried Red chillies
1 tbsp Coriander seeds -crushed
1 tsp each Coriander and red chilli powder
2 Cloves , one inch stick of Cinnamon and one bay leaf
Salt to taste
1.5 tbsp oil

1. Spray some oil in a wok and lightly fry the tofu, till it turns brown at the edges. Keep aside and heat the oil in the same wok. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies broken into two and f the crushed coriander seeds. Sauté for half a minute.
2. Add onion and stir-fry for thirty seconds and add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for another thirty seconds.
3. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and tomatoes. Cook on high heat till tomatoes start to break down a bit. Add tofu, capsicum and salt. Add half a cup of water. Cook covered on low heat for five minutes. Garnish with cilantro, if you have any, I did not.

Update: Capsicum/Green Bell pepper, which is tofu's co-star in this recipe may qualify this for pooja's VOW-Bell Pepper. Will try my luck and send it across to her:)


  1. Hi hi i know how P feels.
    I too don't like tofu, but this looks so delicious, that by loojing to it my mouth is watttering

  2. Hi...
    This is a YUMMY! and healthy recipe. Looks so good. Loved the deep red color of the dish.

  3. heyyy .. din mein do post... kya baat hai ... cool ... will pukka mail u tomorrow.. i completely forgot... waise my mail id is raman.swati at gmail.com

  4. Hilarious rendition...Mine acts like this when he learns that the meal is veg that specific day....

  5. Ah..looks so very tempting...I don't like tofu..so I can always replace...:)

  6. i need to try this recipe on me....:)

  7. this recipe looks..good,..thnks for sharing,..

  8. happycook
    Thank you for the compliment:)

    I picked the ripest tomatoes from my fridge for this and the generous amount of chilli powder helped;)


    my hard working-marathon running pals are inspiring me:) will mail u soon

  9. Rachel
    Welcome to my blog !
    Men can be like overgrown kids sometimes, isn't it?

    Thanks !You can always replace it back with paneer, which is what the original recipe was for.

    Thanks pal ! Looking forward to your verdict!

    Thank you.. Have a nice day !

  10. I dont like tofu as well, but I keep on telling me its healthy and one day I'd grow into it. Maybe your recipe will do it :)

  11. what a cute story...! my kids run the other way too when I try to serve them something healthy...but I sneak it on them too.....

    This looks delicious.

    the spice who loved me

  12. I've made the exact same recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor but with paneer and we love it at home. Thanks for letting me know that Tofu gives fab results too.. It looks awesome! :)
    I liked P's statement abt how much better it will taste with paneer - he's still trying, isn't he ? :)

  13. trupti
    Thanks..great to see you again:)

    yep, ol' P does not give in easily, but then neither does his devious wife;)

  14. this is indeed a tasty dish , no wonder P liked it a lot :).
    thank you for you entry :) .

  15. Pooja
    Thank you for coming over and the nice comment.Have a great day !

  16. Hi the tofu looks really spicy n mouth watering....

  17. Hi Anisheetu,
    Than you and welcome to delhibelle.I really like your name, it's so unusual!

  18. MY favorite! kadai tofu, kadai paneer! but Tofu sounds much better health wise! Good post.

  19. Haha..I was just going thru some of your older posts and I found this. Gawd, this is the story of my life a few years ago. Now the hubby is serious about his gym and work outs and tofu is specifically requested. Thank goodness. Tandoori tofu as in tofu tikka turns out well too.

  20. so when do you add the bell peppers in this recipe?u forgot to mention that..:)


  21. Hi G.S
    Thank you for pointing that out..I have rectified it now.

  22. i am trying to buy tofu in delhi & noida. but it is not available. can u let me know of any brand or where i can buy it

  23. Yes even I would like to know where can I get Tofu in or around Noida.



  24. Yes,where can we buy tofu in New Delhi, any brand ?

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  26. its available with us in plenty and good in taste also.............many are getting the benefit in delhi.............contact us if u want it,.....we are waiting for your calls