August 1, 2008

Tandoori Tofu & Tandoori Chicken

Good morning friends! As most of you might know, my in-laws reached here on (early morning) Tuesday and I've been pretty busy with them most of the time. They are getting used to the weather and schedule in the US despite their jet-lag and fatigue! We have been to some nearby parks and malls already!! I apologise for not visiting your blogs everyday as I used to (I still do on alternate days!). I guess you all could understand that it would get hectic when you have family visting. Anyways, I am hoping to post regularly like this throughout their visit. We've already made a few traditional Kerala recipes about which I will be posting soon. Thanks a lot for the support shown for my earlier posts.

Coming back to the recipes, we actually grilled these tikkas some time back along with the Chicken tikkas. I had substituted tofu for paneer in the recipe for Tandoori paneer. Eventhough I knew that JM hates tofu (I have a strong dislike too), I wanted to give it another try. I thought the tandoor marinade would mask the distaste that we feel and make it something that we could accept without much fuss. The marination is kind of short (3 hours) when compared to overnight marination for non-veg stuff. I bought the firm tofu available at the grocers and the veggies mentioned and marinated them in the spices for 3 hours. After grilling, we thoroughly enjoyed the tandoori veggies, but the tofu, not so much. Infact JM was not at all willing to try, since he had told me earlier on about his dislike. I tried to enjoy it, but again, it wasnt something that my palate agreed with. I wished I had followed the recipe exactly and bought paneer too!!

Verdict :

Anyways, the marinade is EXCELLENT. Use paneer for this recipe and it would be an awesome tikka for sure. The marinade would also be perfect for just a veggies-only tikka as we thoroughly enjoyed the bell peppers and tomatoes skewered with the tofu. For those who have a seasoned palate for tofu, go ahead and enjoy an Indian treat with soy cheese!!

Recipe (Serves 4) :

Paneer/Tofu - 11 oz
Green bell peppers - 2
Onion - 1
Tomatoes - 2 firm
Thick plain yoghurt - 1 1/4 cups
Ground turmeric - 1 tsp
Ginger - 3/4", grated
Garlic cloves - 4, crushed
Lemon juice - 1 1/2 tbsp
Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
Chopped cilantro - 1 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp


Cut the tofu/paneer into cubes.

Cut the capsicums into squares, the onion into chunks and the tomatoes into cubes.

Mix the yoghurt, turmeric, ginger, garlic and lemon juice, together with a little salt, in a large bowl.

Stir in the herbs.

Add the paneer and vegetables, cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat the grill (broiler) to its highest setting.

Using 8 skewers, thread onto each, 5 pieces of paneer/tofu and some capsicum, onion and tomato.

Brush with the oil, season with salt.

Grill (broil) on all sides for 3-4 minutes, or until the paneer/tofu and vegetables are cooked and slightly charred around the edges.

Serve hot.

Source: The Food of India by Priya Wickramasinghe.

I am sending this Tandoori tofu to the "JFI : Soya event" over at Sia's Passionate about Life 'n Spice.

Recipe :

Tandoori chicken - check out my Chicken tikkas post for detailed recipe and tips.

I used a cut-up whole chicken (bone-in) and trimmed them into slightly smaller pieces and used the same marinade as for the Chicken tikkas. Due to our inexperience in grilling, they didn't get cooked completely, which was made right by popping it in the oven for about 15 minutes. I think that without the grill, the Tandoori Chicken would be probably done in about 30 minutes or so in the oven. Look for signs of charring on the sides of the chicken and the juices would run clear when pierced. The oven temperatures and other suggestions are given in the Chicken tikka post. The picture actually shows a boneless whole chicken breast that I cut out of the bone-in chicken.

The Tandoori Chicken is on its way to "Monthly Mingle : Grill It! Summer Fun" event at Sig's Live to Eat. Here's a couple more of pictures.

I am happy to pass on a beautiful award bestowed upon me by a few of my dear blogger friends. Srilekha of Me and My Kitchen, Skribles of Food with a pinch of love and EC of Simple Indian Food passed on the "Blogging Friends Forever" award to me. Thanks a lot friends!! I really am happy and honored to receive these awards from you guys!! Thanks a lot!

I would like to pass these onto,

Maheswari of Beyond the Usual
Laavanya of Cookery Corner
Sonu from Melbourne, Australia, who is new to my blog, but is a very enthusiastic and ardent supporter of my blog and I !!

Thanks to each and everyone of you, for supporting me. Have a great weekend!!


Rachel said...

Tofu and me...still keep the chicken grill

Sia said...

tofu is not to everyones liking but we enjoy it quite a lot. infact, we use it in most of indian recipes as paneer substitutes. sorry to know that u didn't enjoy tandoori tofu but glad that u decided to come open with it:) thanks JZ for this entry and i am surely gonna give it a try. enjoy ur time with ur in-laws and dont worry abt not able to visit blogs. after all family comes first right?

Laavanya said...

Too bad that you didn't take to Tofu so much. If you don't like the taste of it plain - you must try it first as a scramble and well cooked. I made a baked tofu dish last week and was really yummy by itself. Good to hear you are enjoying with your in-laws and having delicious kerala food.

Congrats on your award JZ and thank you so much for passing it onto me.

Cham said...

WeI love tofu in scrambled way :) Other than that it won't suit our palette :) So don't worry u re not alone!
Looks tempting ur plate of chicken tandoori :)
Congrats on ur award and enjoy the time with ur family!

Sireesha said...

Tandoori tobu and tandoori chicken looks delicious...Congrats on ur award and enjoy the time with ur family...After all family comes first...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi JZ.... How r u?. Have missed a lot of innovating recipes of urs. Have gone through all of them.... Tandoori tofu and tandoori chicken looks awesome. Love tandoori food a lot. YUM!.

Trupti said...

both recipes looks very delicious JZ. I also don't like tofu but will try it soon with this recipe. Ur in-laws are here..that's great..enjoy time with them.. blogging can wait but time with them can not.

Sig said...

hehe even with this delicious marinade you couldn't eat that tofu, eh? :) I am sure the chicken was delicious though! Thank you for the entry darlin... And enjoy all those delicious Kerala food...

vandana rajesh said...

Nice chicken and paneer recipe jz.Thks for thinking of me.

Suma Rajesh said...

woo..luved both of ur dishes..speciall chicken perfect colour ,look and its inviting too..congrates on ur awards..

Sonu said...

Thank you very much...! I was just surprised that u have mentioned my name in ur blog. I am honoured. I am so happy abt it:))
Thanks again. I wud love to try ur Tandoori Tofu/Paneer. it look yum here.
Take care.

meeso said...

Congratulations on the award and the tofu and chicken look so good!

Trupti said...

Dear JZ,

Happy Firendship Day !!

On this nice day I would like to invite you to join new Indian Blog Aggregator enewss.So join me enewss to spread our love of food.

Meeta K said...

Nothing better than tandoori chicken from the grill. This looks gorgeous!
Thanks for entering it for the MM! Great to have you over!

delhibelle said...

the tandoori stuff looks terrific..thanks for remembering your vegetarian friends;)
i don't really mind tofu, but if the marinade is so good, then I think it deserves paneer:)

SriLekha said...

added u to my blogroll!

Shreya said...

tofu tandoor..hmm..not so interesred.. chicken tandoor.. yes!:-) lovely great..

Sujatha said...

Tofu and chicken look delicious! Congrats on your awards.. and have a great time with your family..

I have something for you in my blog :)

A_and_N said...

I LOVE Tofu ;) but I havent grilled it as a kabab with marinades. I've been postponing it for quite sometime but I think after reading your post, I'll try it soon :)