Fast Curried Tofu

Fusion South Asian Spiced Tofu


Tofu is a beautiful blank canvas to cook with. This is no ordinary tofu! It’s packed with flavor from the perfect spice rub for a South Asian twist. Combining these South Asian flavors gives you a spicy, delicious version to serve with a side of rice, top a salad, stuff a wrap or gobble up as is.

I make this version usually when I’m cooking in between other tasks. The first part of combining spices takes less than a minute and I leave the tofu to marinate while I tackle my to-do list. The next part of frying it up is also very fast. Because the spices have already worked on imparting its flavors, the resulting dish is true comfort food that's a flash to cook up.


How to make curried tofu

  • Remove tofu from the package and rinse under cold running water for 1 minute. Gently squeeze to remove excess water and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • In a bowl, combine cayenne, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger powder, ground white pepper and salt to taste.
  • Add the tofu to the spice blend and mix well to coat all sides of all pieces. Let stand for at least 20 minutes up to one hour.
  • In a pan, heat coconut oil or ghee.
  • Add cinnamon stick and curry leaves, if using, and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add red onion and garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add cubed tomato, a dash of sugar and salt to taste. Combine and cook for 2 more minutes or until tomato is cooked through.
  • Add tofu to pan and fry until browned evenly on all sides, turning the cubes.
  • Take off heat and squeeze the lime over tofu. Mix to combine. You can remove the cinnamon stick.

Serve with a side of rice, top a salad, stuff a wrap or gobble up as is. How do you tofu? Share your ideas in the comments and tell us if you made this.

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