“Live life with a little spice.”

I was searching around for something to do with a block of tofu that I bought.  I have a recipe for baked tofu but wanted something new.  I came across a recipe for Tandoori Tofu.  However …

The original recipe had a tablespoon of cayenne pepper in the spice mix.  I didn’t see that happening.  I looked up other recipes for tandoori spice mixtures and found a crazy variety.  Everything from cumin to ginger to lemon to cinnamon were found in varying degrees in various recipes.  I decided to use the recipe I found, immediately adjusting some of the ingredients, and adding others that just seemed right.


tofu, extra firm cut in 1/3 inch slices

oil for frying


1 T cumin

1 T sea salt, more or less

1/2 t black pepper

1 T turmeric

1 T smoked paprika

1/4 t red pepper flakes

1/2 t cinnamon, my addition

1/2 t ginger, my addition

dash of cayenne


Mix spices together in a container large enough to dip the tofu slices.  Dip only one side of the tofu slices.

Heat a skillet or grille top until very hot.  Make sure you use an oil with a high heat point.  Place tofu slices, coated side down, and fry for 3 minutes.  Turn and fry an additional 2 minutes.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and refrigerate.


One block of tofu made 12 slices.  Please don’t tell my husband because 2 slices mysteriously disappeared while I was preparing them.  Delicious right off the grille top.  I’m interested to taste them cold.  I may have a new favorite snack.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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