This is probably the easiest recipe resulting in a beautiful, delicious & healthy treat. After I made these, I was wondering why the restaurants do not go beyond Meat & Paneer in their Tandoori options.
The above picture is for CLICK! Cheese/Tofu hosted by the Jugalbandis. None of us are particularly cheese lovers in our family. We do very limited things with cheese. So when I saw the theme of CLICK at the beginning of the month, I was doubtful whether I would participate this time. I would be lying tho’ if I said I did not try to shoot some “Cheese”….However we have pretty well embraced the Vegan Paneer: Tofu. This might not be a so Terrific CLICK!, but I promise you that it does taste Terrific.
All you need is a store bought Tandoori Paste, available at all Indian Groceries. If that is not accessible to you, don’t worry for I’ll give you a list of the things you would need to make the marinade. You will not be disappointed.
- 14 oz block of Extra Firm Tofu
- 5-6 Tablespoons of Tandoori Paste (Add more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- Fresh Lime
If you do not have ready made Tandoori Paste, here is what you need:
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- 2″ Fresh Ginger Peeled
- 2 Tablespoons Coriander/Dhania seeds
- 1 Tablespoons Cumin/Jeera seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Red Chili Powder/Cayenne (Adjust amount to your tolerance)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 Teaspoon Tamarind Paste OR 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1Tablespoon Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Kasuri/kasoori methi (Optional: Dried Fenugreek Leaves, available in Indian Groceries as Kasuri Methi)
- Red or Orange Food Color
To prepare the marinade:
Make a Puree of all the above ingredients, except the Food Color. Add little water while making the puree, but just enough to make a tight paste. Try not to make it runny, or else it won’t coat the Tofu.
After the puree is done, stir in & combine the food color.
To prepare the Tofu:
Wrap a few paper towels around the Tofu block & gently try to squeeze out as much water as possible.
Cut the Block into 1.5 inch cubes or rectangles.
Coat the Tofu with the Tandoori paste & Oil or the homemade marinade paste & let it sit for atleast 3-4 hrs.. possibly overnight. Tofu soaks in more flavor the longer they marinade.
Skewer them & grill them only for a few minutes.
Heat a Skillet, Coat it very lightly with oil. Place the tofu pieces on the hot skillet & grill them for a few minutes on each side.
Finish off by squeezing some Fresh Lime on the top.
I Pan Grilled them & then skewered them on the toothpick along with some onion & pepper… just Bite size pieces. Pop them in Enjoy!
Note: Grill whatever veggies you want with it. I did Green Bell Peppers & Red Onions.