Easy Vegan Tandoori Tofu Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna

Tofu is something that most of us don’t really cook much with. Recently, I went vegan for a month, and that is the time when I reached out to including tofu in my diet due to its high-protein low-fat content. I tried many recipes and learnt a few tricks to cook tofu correctly. This vegan tandoori tofu recipe is quick, delicious and easy to make.

tandoori tofu recipe

Tofu is super healthy. It is very high in protein while being not so high in fat unlike paneer or Indian cottage cheese. But if you have it raw, it tasted like chalk to me. Marinate it and stir fry it, and it tastes so delicious. So much so that now I have it regularly.

I am sharing my vegan tandoori tofu recipe here. Do try it and let me know how you like it.

Ingredients:

1 cup medium firm tofu cut into cubes

1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste

½ tsp. turmeric powder

3 tbsp. vegan yogurt

1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp. pepper powder

1 tsp. garam masala powder

1/2 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder (optional)

1 tsp. kasoori methi or dried fenugreek leaves

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. olive oil

Salt to taste

2 tbsp. oil for shallow frying tofu

Garnish

Onion rings, lime wedges and green chutney

Recipe

Cut tofu into your desired shape ( I prefer cubes).

tandoori tofu

Mix all the ingredients of the marinade together and make a thick paste.

tandoori tofu recipe

Rub it over tofu slices. Make sure the slices are covered with marinade on both sides. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

tandoori tofu recipe

For Air frying

Preheat Air fryer at 390 F or 200 C for 6 minutes. Brush oil on the Air fryer basket and on the marinated tofu.

Air fry at 390 F or 200 C for 8 minutes. Turn once half way. Your tandoori tofu in Air fryer is ready to eat.

For Shallow frying

Heat a pan. Spread oil on it and lay the tofu slices face down. Cook on both sides till it gets a char and tofu is cooked. Don’t let the slices burn.

tandoori tofu recipe

Serve hot with onion rings, lime wedges and green chutney.

tandoori tofu recipe

Pro-Tips:

  1. You can adjust the spices as per your taste.
  2. This recipe is medium spicy.
  3. You could cover with the lid while cooking but do keep an eye to prevent tofu from burning.
tandoori tofu

Vegan Tandoori Tofu Recipe in Air fryer

Rachna Parmar
This is an easy and tasty vegan tandoori tofu recipe made in Air fryer and on stove top. It is made by marinating tofu in vegan curd and spices. This is perfect for weeknight dinner or as an appetizer. Simple and delicious recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Marination time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 178 kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz. medium firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp. vegan yogurt
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder optional
  • 1 tsp. kasoori methi dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp. oil for shallow frying tofu

Garnish

  • Onion rings lime wedges and green chutney

Instructions
 

  • Cut tofu into your desired shapes. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade together and make a thick paste.
  • Pour it over tofu slices. Make sure the slices are covered with marinade on both sides. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

For Air frying

  • Preheat Air fryer at 390 F or 200 C for 6 minutes. Brush oil on the Air fryer basket and on the marinated tofu.
  • Air fry at 390 F or 200 C for 8 minutes. Turn once half way. Your tandoori tofu in Air fryer is ready to eat.

For shallow frying

  • Heat a pan. Spread oil on it and lay the tofu slices face down. Cook on both sides till it gets a char and tofu is cooked. Don’t let the slices burn.
  • Serve hot with onion rings, lime wedges and green chutney.

Notes

1. You can adjust the spices as per your taste.
2. This recipe is medium spicy.
3. Take care to not burn the tofu.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Tandoori Tofu Recipe in Air fryer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1632IU33%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Reema D'Souza -

I have never tried tofu! But after reading this recipe I hope to give it a try some time.

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Damyanti -

5 stars
Mouthwatering as usual! I am yet to try tofu – when can I come over for a taste?

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Rachna -

Come on over any time. 🙂

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Rajlakshmi -

This looks incredible. I love tofu and have been trying only one way of cooking. This looks doable. Thank you for sharing such awesome recipes.

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Rachna -

Glad to help, Raj!

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Shilpa Gupte -

Yumm! This is something I will love! I don’t remember eating tofu, but would love to try it out. Thanks for the recipe, Rachna!

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Rachna -

Glad you liked it Shilpa.

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Genevieve -

I would love to give this recipe a try however I have never heard of vegan curd, is this something that can easily be found in grocery stores? or is this something that needs to be home made?

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Rachna -

It’s vegan yogurt. You can use almond milk or any plant-based yogurt.

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