Indian Spiced Grilled Tofu Recipe

16 May

I have to credit my husband for pushing me to create more vegetarian recipes for my website. I am not sure if I had mentioned before, that when I try out a new recipe it has to turn out perfect, as I have no room for errors or ample time on hand. I am not the talented chef like a lot of people and it takes me about a week to develop one.

Indian food uses paneer a lot more than tofu. It is a milk based protein for the vegetarians but I wanted to use tofu for this Indian Spiced Grilled Tofu Recipe as it is easily available in the US then paneer. Plus it works well with a vegan, gluten-free and low-fat diet.

This recipe will definitely need a bit of your patience for the prep work. It was my first time working with tofu. Use only Extra Firm Tofu for this recipe.

Preparing the tofu for grilling

You have to press out the liquid from the tofu for about 20 minutes to be able to grill so that it does not beak apart when you are grilling. I got directions to press tofu from To do this on a cookie sheet place a couple of paper towels then the tofu followed by a couple of paper towel sheets another cookie sheet and a heavy pot on top. Change the paper towel after 10 minute.



Ingredients for Indian Spiced Grilled Tofu Recipe

Ingredients :

1 pack of extra firm tofu 14oz

2 tbsp of seasoned vinegar

2 tbsp of cafreal masala

Salt to taste


Directions :

* Once’s you have pressed out the excess water from the tofu cut it about 1/4″ thick and make the marinade.

* Mix together the cafreal paste, seasoned vinegar and apply to the sliced tofu and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at-least an hour.

* Heat the grill and spray it with some oil add the tofu and grill it for about 5-8 minutes on each side. If you like to bake it then warm the oven to 400F and place the tofu on a cookie sheet and bake it for about 15-20 minutes. Flip them over in-between.

* Once done brush lightly the remaining marinade. Serve hot with some drizzled olive oil.


You can serve it with Pulao Quinoa, grilled or sautéed veggies.


25 Responses to “Indian Spiced Grilled Tofu Recipe”

  1. HotDish May 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Sounds delicious! I am impressed that you came up with such a great-sounding recipe for an ingredient you had never worked with before!

    • Nandini May 17, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Thank You! It was a nail biting process hoping that it would come out good.

  2. Kamila Pala May 17, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Fabulous recipe! Thanks for inspiration – we loved tofu and all types of indian cuisine. Cheers. Have a nice weekend. Kamila

    • Nandini May 17, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks Kamila…you too have a great weekend 🙂

  3. v8mile May 17, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    The photos look delish! And substituting tofu for paneer is a great idea.

    • Nandini May 17, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Much! Yeah I figured it’s much easy to find tofu then paneer and less fatter 🙂

  4. srilakshminair May 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Very smart using tofu instead of paneer! Looks mouthwatering with the sautéed veggies! Great recipe Nandini. 🙂

    • Nandini May 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Thanks Sri Lakshmi 🙂

  5. elisabetta May 18, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    I’ll try this next time I make tofu this week! We love indian cuisine!

    • Nandini May 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      That’s Awesome Elisabetha… let me know how it goes.

  6. Deena Kakaya May 18, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    Lovely texture on the tofu. X

  7. kmeasel May 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Oh my gosh! This looks delicious!!

    • Nandini May 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Thanks Kat…I hope you try it 🙂

  8. roytanusree May 21, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Thank you Nandini !Happy to be connect with you and your wonderful blog ….Thanks for liking my space. 🙂

    • Nandini May 21, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      You are so welcome Tanusree 🙂

  9. candiharris May 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    The Cafreal Masalla ( is that correct). Sounds so good, I can almost smell the dish you used it for. I’m sure I’ll order some on the first (we’re on a fixed income) so I can try your recipe. Would thin strips of chicken work in place of the Tofu?thanks for what you’re doing:)

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    • Nandini June 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      Thank You so much for the invite Agnieszka, I truly appreciate your offer very much. Will check the website out.

  11. hitandrun1964 July 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I’m a vegetarian and I’m hungry:) This is great. Thank you.

    • Nandini July 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      That is good to know 🙂

  12. nerakc1 February 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi, Thank you for liking my recipe. You have a brilliant blog and some really interesting recipes.


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