Chilli Tofu

Chilli paneer is a popular fusion dish in India served frequently in buffets. There is a combination of Chinese and Indian ingredients involved in this dish.When I dine out I always look for this dish. It is a vegetarian version of chilli chicken and served as a starter or a dry side dish.

Chilli TofuWhen I made Kadai paneer, Trudy asked me if she could use Tofu in that dish instead of paneer. I was not sure as I had not tried that before. It was a chance to think out of the dairy cube! As this dish is very similar to Kadai paneer, I substituted tofu instead of paneer and made Chilli Tofu.

It is interesting to follow a suggestion or clue and try something new! This is gluten free, dairy free and a vegan recipe.

Do you want the result? My daughter exclaimed, ‘This is the best way to eat tofu’! Yes, it has great flavors and tastes amazing! Trudy, here is my answer, ‘just go for it’!


  • 1/2 block firm Tofu
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • quarter of a lemon
  • few coriander leaves
  • salt as needed
  1. Cut tofu into small cubes.
  2. Grind garlic and chillies into a paste using soy sauce.
  3. Marinate tofu in the garlic-chillies-soy mixture for at least 30 minutes and remove them. Preserve the marinade for use later.
  4. Toss marinated tofu in corn flour afterwards.
  5. Shallow fry tofu in hot oil until all sides are browned. Set aside.
  6. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry onions and green pepper for 5 minutes.
  7. Add garam masala and stir well.
  8. Take the marinade set aside and add tomato paste, chilli sauce, ketchup, 1 tsp corn flour and mix them well.
  9. Pour it in the pan and coat tofu, onion and green pepper with it.
  10. Add salt if needed and heat thoroughly and turn off the stove.
  11. Squeeze a quarter of a lemon on it and garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. Serve it hot.

chilli tofu marinated and friedIt is customary to deep fry marinated Paneer cubes but I have shallow fried Tofu in a pan.  Toss it around in oil until it browns on all sides. A generous coating of sauce makes it taste better. Smaller cubes also hold more sauce on all sides adding more spice to tofu.

A plate of Chilli Tofu Tofu and green pepper smothered in this spicy sauce will make a hit as an appetizer. Serve with some tooth picks to pick them up.

Chilli Tofu - fusion dishI was impressed by these not so authentic but delicious Tofu Chilli! It can be served with Chinese fried rice or Indian rotis.


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19 Responses to Chilli Tofu

  1. Trudy says:

    I feel so special, I’ve inspired a recipe! Thank you for thinking of me and I will have to try this very soon!

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  2. We Indians can adapt any cuisine ans make it our own. :–)

    I love the colour of your chilli tofu and yes, a favourite of mine aa well.

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  3. Yum! That looks so tasty, I need to learn how to be so creative with Tofu, Thanks for sharing at Veggie Wednesday

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  4. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! The pleasure is mine!


  5. This looks so yummy Sridevi! Great idea to use tofu. I love tofu but my family doesn’t. i sometimes mix tofu and paneer together when I am making paneer bhurji ! That way my kids never know there is tofu in it! If they did they would never ‘like’ it!

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    • coconutcraze says:

      Let me confess that I have done it too by sneaking some things here and there. There is one family member who wouldn’t touch this with his pinky. The others enjoyed it. It is a good idea to mix some paneer with this as my odd one can pick that.


  6. I have never cooked Tofu..I have heard it has a bland taste…But seeing your post,I feel it looks utterly delicious!!!

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  7. coconutcraze says:

    I was also put off by Tofu from my previous experience as it doesn’t absorb flavours. It is the coating here that makes it tasty. Make a thick marinade and slather it all over tofu to get the best result!


  8. Looks delicious….

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  9. Hi Sridevi! I apologize for not being able to write back soon – it was great meeting you at the FBC meet-up earlier this month. This recipe looks divine and I’m always on the look-out for new tofu recipes to try, so this is definitely going on my to-make list!

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  10. This looks so good. It also looks quick and easy yet full of flavor. Exactly what I look for during the week nights. Hope you’re doing well! xo


  11. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Amanda. It is always nice to hear from you. I am good and enjoying the pleasant weather. Enjoy your long weekend!


  12. lisa @stylesofcooking says:

    I haven’t used tofu before but this recipe looks lovely, thanks for sharing. Popping by from veggie Wednesday.


  13. Habiba says:

    This reminds me of a similar recipe I have for beef… But would love to try this with tofu!


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