Baked Tofu – Indian Style

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Baked Tofu - Indian Style

Baked Tofu: Next to cauliflower and broccoli, tofu is my husband’s favorite. I’m in the constant look out for tofu recipes. Actually he would eat anything vegetarian if it’s healthy. For me the criteria is, it has to taste good. So I experiment with tofu recipes to satisfy both our needs.

So far our favorite is tofu paratha. I drain the tofu well, grate it, add some Indian spices and divide the mixture into small balls. Then proceed to prepare the parathas as usual, using the tofu stuffing.

The Tofu Mango Pudding did not get his vote. The truth is he is not a “dessert” person. My son, my mother and I loved it very much.

Paneer is my most favorite and his least favorite. He doesn’t eat it because of the fat content and caloric value. I wish I have the self control like him, I would be 30 pounds lighter! Because he doesn’t eat paneer and I love dishes made with paneer I try to make tofu recipes Indian style. Over the years have tried a variety of Indian tofu recipes substituting tofu for paneer.

The key is to use extra-firm tofu so that it would hold it’s shape. Also draining the water is a crucial step. Another important procedure is marinating the tofu with spices and herbs for it to soak the taste and flavor in few Indian tofu recipes. Once these three are taken care, you can prepare almost any recipe using paneer with tofu in Indian style. Tofu sides, tofu snacks, tofu desert, you name it you can make it.

Recently I was going through a South Indian cookbook and found a recipe for paneer tikkis. The original recipe mentioned to grill it in a convection microwave oven. Of course I had to use tofu and because I did not have that sort of microwave oven I had to use my regular oven to make this baked tofu recipe. I also mixed up some spices that I had in my kitchen counter and this baked tofu Indian style turned out very tasty.

Want to make something similar? A healthy, quick, no fuss snack? Then try this baked chickpeas recipe too.


Indian Style Baked Tofu Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
1 Hr40 Mins32 Pieces
Baked Tofu – Indian Style
4.9 from 11 reviews
Want to try tofu recipe Indian style? This baked tofu recipe is a good one to try. With a blend of flavourful Indian spices, marinating it enough, helps the tofu to soak up the flavour and the result is this delicious baked tofu.
  • 1 Packet (14Oz) Extra Firm Tofu
For The Marinade:
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • A Pinch Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (As Per Your Taste)
  • Juice Of 1/2 Lemon Lemon Juice
  • As Needed Red Food Color (Optional)
  1. Open the tofu packet and drain the water. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and place some weight on it and leave it for 30 minutes. After draining the water cut the tofu into cubes of 1cm thickness. I got around 20 pieces.
  2. Take a 1 gallon ziploc bag and add all the ingredients required for the marinade in the bag.
  3. Whisk it with a fork and add the tofu cubes in the bag. Remove the air out and close the bag and toss it well to coat all the tofu pieces with the marinade.
  4. Leave it in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 425F/220C for 15 minutes.
  6. Grease a baking sheet lightly, place the tofu pieces and bake it for 25-30 minutes, turning once in the middle.
  7. To have a crispy outer, broil it for another 8-10 minutes.
  1. We don’t eat very spicy foods. So taste the marinade to check the spices and add accordingly to suit your taste. Since tofu is bland, it definitely requires more seasoning than you would normally use.
My Notes:
  1. If you are a paneer fan like me you are not going to like the tofu tikkis immediately. For those who have not tasted tofu before, though they both look alike, the taste is totally different. So don’t expect the taste of paneer tikka. Try to appreciate the taste of tofu and then you would love it. After eating 3-4 pieces, I started liking it. Now this is my husband’s favorite.
  2. The marinading can be done in a bowl too. I saw the ziploc bag method in Food TV, so I thought of giving it a try. It’s definitely easy and no clean up. Simply toss the bag in the trash later.
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  1. Radha Pandey

    Is it possible to marinate overnight in the fridge in a sealed container? Or does it get too watery?

    • Madhuram

      Yes, you can. What a coincidence! I have actually put marinated tofu in the fridge just few mins back to marinate it overnight for tomorrow’s lunch.

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  3. Dan Dabney

    I think the marinade is great and I liked the result. However, I take issue with the idea of using a plastic bag when a bowl will do. Plastic is destroying our planet. Donโ€™t use it If you can avoid it.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the input, Dan.

  4. SLJ

    This recipe is so simple, yet so delicious. I’ve made it three times in the last two weeks!

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for trying the recipe.

  5. Charles

    One husband, one wife, two daughters, and a double recipe of Indian style baked tofu. Result: a huge success. We had this with a big green salad that had mango sliced in. Not a molecule of this meal was left, and we will certainly try it again! Thank you, Madhuram, for this lovely site, and for the delicious recipe.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Charles. I’m so happy that this recipe worked out great for your family.

  6. Jani

    This is DELICIOUS. It was very easy to make too.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Jani.

  7. Jill

    Can you recommend a simple sauce to go with the baked tofu dish?

    • Madhuram

      Hmm…I’m not sure but how about a Schezwan sauce?

  8. Angela Behnke

    Definitely going to try this. (Please don’t
    Throw the plastic bag in the trash).

    • Madhuram

      Hope you will like it.

  9. Jan&Bran

    What’s the best way to store leftovers?

    • Madhuram

      Hmm..we usually finish it at one sitting. I’m not sure how the texture will be affected when it is stored in the fridge and reheated.

  10. Sarah

    Really good and quick! Thank you!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Sarah.

  11. Dawn

    Absolutely loved it. And the aroma is divine.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Dawn.

  12. Shivani

    Best tofu recipe

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Shivani.

  13. akhila

    Hi I have a question, How do you make a curry powder?

    • Madhuram

      I use store bought curry powder but you can find recipes online.

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  15. Nikita

    Can I try the same with par-boiled potato? Any idea of how it would taste?

    • Madhuram

      Nikita, google for oven roasted potatoes and you will find a lot of recipes. Each and every time I try a different recipe for roasting potatoes and it does turn out great.

  16. Mansi

    I’m building my repertoire of Tofu recipes to stock up my protein intake. This looks amazing!

  17. JAJA

    These look amazing!

    plastic bags bad!
    Use bowl next time!
    No waste.

  18. vidhya

    nice recipe. was thinking may be i could add a little gram flour just before baking to get some more crispness? โ“

  19. Claire

    Hi: Love your recipes. Can’t wait to try the colorful idlis and the chickpea puris.

    A comment about the tofu recipe. I also make a tofu dish using a chicken tikka masala. “High protein tofu” seems to be the best because the texture is extra firm. I just marinate the tofu (after pressing out the water) overnight in the masala. Then I bake in a little bit of oil until crisp on the edges. Roll a few pieces up in some fresh chappatis with fresh onion, cilantro, mint chutney and maybe tomato. These are excellent to carry to work for lunch.

    Thank you once again Claire. I have not seen high protein tofu, will look out for it.

  20. Vidya

    Hello Madhuram,

    I just found your site from another food blog. I instantly fell in love with it.

    Great job- I have to try out all your recipes one at a time. Will definitely try the Ragi sweet dumpling kozhukkattai first.

    Hats off to you for coming up with all these creative recipes. You are an inspiration.

    Thanks again

    Hi Vidya, welcome to my blog. Thank you very much for your kind words. Do try out the recipes and let me know.

  21. Shruthi

    Looks great! attractive picture!
    But what is curry powder? Store bought?

    Thanks Shruthi. It’s similar to garam masala powder. It’s available in all Indian grocery stores, under various brand names. I use MTR brand.

  22. Valerie

    Hi. This sounds really tasty, and healthy. My friend, who ate panir regularly, was told by her doctor to stop because her cholesterol level and blood pressure were really high. She started using tofu, and her cholesterol/blood pressure dropped to normal limits. I love panir, as well, so my try this with panir, too. Everything in moderation.

  23. RedChillies

    At last a neat tofu recipe that I can try. Tofu just gives me shivers and I keep away from it. this is just creative ๐Ÿ˜€