What started out as a personal site is now a resource pool for lovers of Indian vegetarian foods. You will find recipes of authentic healthy and tasty Indian foods, a whole range of southern Indian flavors in particular. Some are a mix and match of spices I grew up with new ones I have discovered. Over time, this site will expand to other cuisines, all vegetarian.

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Kadai Tofu

Dry Kadai Tofu, tofu being a substitute for paneer


  • 3 cups firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium-sized red onion
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 firm tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 green pepper, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut into quarters
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger, garlic paste
  • 2 tsps. turmeric powder
  • 3 tsps. cumin powder
  • 3 tsps. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. red chillie powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oil or butter
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste


Take a non-stick wok or pan, add 3 tsps. of oil. Let oil warm, add the tofu and let the water evaporate completely. Remove from stove and transfer the tofu to another container.

User the same wok/pan, add the remaining oil/butter. Add the onions first, sauté until it becomes translucent. Add the cut peppers, green onions and tomatoes. Do not cover pan. Let it cook for about 8 minutes. Now add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, chillie powders, ginger paste and salt. Cook for another 3 minutes. Add the tofu, toss well so the spices mix together with the tofu.

For garnish:

Garnish with fresh coriander.

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WoksSpice Box

Balti (wok) and Idli pan

The woks you see are the most used for cooking, sauteing and frying. They are usually available in cast iron, stainless steel or heavy anodized aluminum.

The spice box on the right is a must in a kitchen that desires Indian food.

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