April 25, 2012

Tofu capsicum masala

Tofu has almost replaced paneer in my kitchen. Its been just a few months I started using tofu, and I love it more than paneer now. What I love about tofu is that it doesnt have a milky smell as in paneer and it also feels lighter. Tofu is comparatively less in calories and fat and is a good source of protein ...
Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds. Tofu originated in ancient China and is widely used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. This recipe is a simple indian style curry with firm tofu and capsicum and it makes a great side dish for chappathi or naan.


Firm tofu - 200 gm block
Green capsicum - 1, seeded and diced
Oil -1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves, chopped
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - to taste
Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp, crushed
Chopped coriander leaves - to garnish
Ghee or butter - 1 tsp

For curry paste
Oil -1 tbsp
Dry red chillies - 3
Onion - 2, chopped
Tomato - 2, chopped
Salt to taste

This curry paste can be used in a variety of north indian gravies. 


1. To make the curry paste, heat oil in pan and add dry chillies followed by onions. Add salt and saute till onions become soft. Add tomatoes and a few spoons of water and cover and cook till mushy. Remove from the stove and let it cool. Grind to a smooth paste.
2. Cut the tofu to blocks and keep it in a bowl of warm water for few mins. Drain and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Add onion and garlic and saute till it starts turning brown. 
4. Add coriander powder and then the curry paste and combine well. Add a little water and bring to boil. Add capsicum and tofu pieces and garam masala. Adjust the salt and cover and cook for 5  minutes. 
5. Add kasuri methi and coriander leaves and combine well. Serve with a dash of ghee or butter.


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  1. Very delicious n tempting masala, had the combo with paneer..but didn't try with tofu,a must try!

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  2. Healthy and delicious combo,yummy curry..

  3. wow ystrdy i too made this with paneer...addition of tofu is lot more healthier...

  4. nice combo Ramya....will taste good with rice

  5. Will have two more rotis with this yummy masala..loving it.

  6. The gravy looks so rich and yumm..

  7. Yeah Ramya,me too replaced Paneer with Tofu n my kids too started loving it...tofu capsicum masala looks so inviting n healthy indeed...thanks for sending it to HITS series :)

  8. Yes even i started using tofu to a great extent..Lovely curry..

  9. Hi Ramya,
    I too like Tofu ,but not much as Paneer..I love Paneer a lot.But now I changed my cooking like you only,using Tofu instead of Paneer.. :)Good source of protein!!

    Curry Looks very Coloful..adding Capsicum will gives extra Flavor!!Thanks a lot for linking to my Event :)

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  10. hi ramya. tofu is a common food here. we like to fry them first. set aside, then mix with veggies-

    Also, apart from mix veggies, i also like it boil to cook, then stuff inside wiht bean sprouts and shredded cucumber and shredded carrots. then add in chili sauce..fantastic appetizer.
    must try your style also.
    have a nice day

  11. very nice!.........spicy n flavourful.

  12. Yummy and delicious side dish..perfect with rotis

  13. Yummy masala and healthy too. Thx for linking.


  14. Not a fan of tofu. Will definitely try this with paneer... bookmarked..!

  15. wow..that looks tasty & inviting..;)

  16. Awesome clicks and perfectly made.

  17. delicious curry...looks very very tasty !!!

  18. Tasty and super delicious one !! great combo too !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It :)

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  19. Hi there, this is a nice post. It would be great if you linked to it in my Food on Friday series. Food on Friday – Asian Food


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