Sunday, 20 January 2013

Spicy Tofu and chick pea curry | Kukskitchen

I am a self-proclaimed carnivore. However, I can confidently cook-up a veggie side dish, but when it comes to vegetarian mains I am not the confidant cook you see at other times. Recently I have made that extra effort to try and innovate on veggie mains as well and like all carnivores I go for a meat-like option. Guilty!!

I like soya chunks, paneer and my current favourite is tofu. It is silky in texture and melts in your mouth. Tofu greedily absorbs all the yumminess you add to your dish enriching its own flavour. My hubby likens it to cooked white of egg. Well, you've got to try to see what you think. Presented is a hearty tofu and chick pea curry. The bite from the chick peas complements the silky tofu very well. Please adjust the spice level to your fiery threshold.


1 - Medium onion - 1
Garlic cloves - 4-5

2 - Ground cumin - 4 tsp
Ground coriander - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp

3 - Firm tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes - 1 cake

4 - Cooked chick peas - 2 cups

5 - Tomatoes, chopped - 1 1/2 cups

6 - Vegetable oil - 2tsp
Salt to taste


- Sauté the onion and garlic in the oil for five minutes or until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.

- Add  (2) and saute well.

- Add the cubed tofu and cook for several minutes to absorb the essence of the spices into the tofu. You can even let it brown a little.

- Add the chick peas and some of their liquid. Simmer for 5 minutes or so.

- Add the tomatoes and cook until they break down a bit.

- Add salt.

- Garnish with coriander / mint leaves and serve hot with roti or rice.

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 I'm Sherin, aka kukku. 

An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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