Indian Spicy Cumin Potatoes With Green Chili Tofu


1 box lite firm tofu (I use Nasoya)- diced
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 tablespoons cilantro- washed and finely chopped
1/2 lemon juice- from a lemon
1 tablespoon salt
coarse black pepper- few grinds
4 green chilies- finely minced
1 tablespoon ginger- freshly grated
Saute Ingredients:
1 large potato- cleaned, boiled, peeled and diced
1/2 cup red cherry tomatoes- sliced in half
3 green chillies- sliced in half
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic- crushed and minced
1 tablespoon ginger- freshly grated
1 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 lemon juice- from a lemon
1/4 cup cilantro- washed and chopped
1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
coarse black pepper- few grinds
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
PAM- original flavor


For the Marinade:
In a small bowl mix together cumin, coriander powder and turmeric. Add diced tofu and toss until covered. Add chilies, ginger, salt, pepper and cilantro. Toss until everything is coated well. Set aside.
For the Saute:
In a medium-sized skillet spray with PAM and add oil, set over medium high flame. Add cumin seeds and wait for them to pop. Standing a little away from the stove add curry leaves. BE CAREFUL- these pop and shoot out little spritz of oil, so don’t stand to close! Wait until the leaves have finished popping. Add sliced chilies and garlic. Toss everything together for about 1 minutes until fragrant.
Add potato, sprinkle with turmeric and grated ginger. Combine well and saute for about 3-4 minutes. Add the marinated tofu and toss all together, sauteing for about another 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice. You want the tofu and potato to be well coated with all the spices and the tofu to get seared (brown) on each side.
After the tofu and potato are soft, add chopped cilantro (reserve a little for garnishing) and sliced tomatoes. Saute on low heat making sure everything is coated. Taste for salt and lemon juice.
Place in a serving dish and top with reserved cilantro. Serve with a lemon wedge and rice or chappati.


Today is National Potato Day! Don’t worry I wasn’t aware of it till this morning either, hehe. But I decided to create a fast, spicy and healthy Indian dish. Ok let’s face it everyone probably has potatoes lying around at home, and if you don’t have any tofu, it’s no biggy! This dish is designed to be eaten in a bunch of different ways! No rules here! You can serve it with Basmati rice, chappati (thin Indian breads) or eat it on its own as an appetizer! If you have leftovers and want to make lunch for the next day, then just put some potato mixture between two slices of bread, and cook in a pressed sandwich maker. This dish has endless possibilities and the whole family will love it! The smoky flavor of cumin combined with curry leaves and ginger-garlic make this dish robust and filling. Hope you enjoy my creation




Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 12:08pm


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