Kadai Tofu

Though I love paneer, I am afraid of the calories it adds. Happy that Tofu can satisfy my taste buds in the same way as paneer.

Tofu is similar to paneer except that it is made with soy milk, which is said to be protein rich and low in cholesterol when compared to paneer. I have followed the traditional kadai paneer recipe, but  replaced paneer with Tofu.


Kadai Tofu:

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side dish


Firm Tofu – 1 packet (225 gram)

Green Bell Pepper – 2 medium size, diced

Onion-1 diced

Tomatoes – 3 finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Coriander seeds – 2 tsp

Red chilli – 3 (use according to desired spice level)

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Fennel seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon powder -1/8 tsp

Oil- 1 tsp

Asafoetida – a pinch

Salt as needed


  • Dry roast 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp of coriander seed and 1/2 tsp of cumin seed and red chilli. Blend into coarse powder


  • Drain the water out of the tofu, pat it dry with a paper towel and keep aside
  • Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, fennel seed powder and cinnamon and let it splutter. Add tomatoes and sauté till it becomes mushy. Add bell pepper, onion, and stir fry. Add salt, the ground coarse powder and  garam masala,  and saute for 5 minutes


  • Add tofu and gently mix. Cook for 5 minutes




My Notes:

  • Instead of directly adding can roast tofu in oil and add them
  • Can follow the same procedure and cook paneer

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25 thoughts on “Kadai Tofu

  1. […] I had mentioned in Kadai Tofu and Tofu Tikka, though I love paneer, I am afraid of the calories it adds. Happy that Tofu can […]

  2. Chitra Jagadish August 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM Reply

    Sounds healthy and delicious Vidya. ….yum yum…

  3. Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights June 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM Reply

    Great I have Tofu in my fridge…was thinking of doing a machurian style dish but this looks great too.. 🙂

  4. cheri June 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM Reply

    This sounds wonderful, what do you hink of sprouted tofu in this dish, would this work, thinking of the texture? Did not know that about paneer, very interesting.

  5. Lori June 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM Reply

    Might take a lot and I mean a lot of courage for me to try tofu again. 🙂 Your ingredients sound yummy! 🙂

  6. afracooking June 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM Reply

    Wow-what an original recipe! Looks so tasty!

  7. Malar June 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM Reply

    Tofu is very healthy than paneer, my hubby wouldn’t let me get tofu 🙂 , you have tempted me Vidya, I will definitely try out your recipe 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM Reply

      Ya Malar, v all have enjoyed paneer taste so its difficult to change:) even I m so addicted to paneer. Thanks dear:) do let me know how it turned out

  8. Kelly June 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM Reply

    We love tofu and am always looking for new ways to make it. The flavors in this dish sound awesome!

  9. tastefortongue June 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM Reply

    I am not a big fan of tofu, I love paneer 🙂 But as you said paneer adds calories this is better option. Simple and good recipe.

  10. ela hester June 11, 2014 at 4:27 AM Reply

    I would like to try this. Looks simple and satisfying for the hot days…

  11. cheergerm June 11, 2014 at 4:18 AM Reply

    Love tofu and paneer, looks very tasty. 🙂

  12. House in Tillford June 11, 2014 at 3:45 AM Reply

    Interesting recipe- I love tofu. Though I have still not tried paneer-I didn’t realise it was similar to tofu

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