Friday, January 7, 2011

Just like Butta Tofu.......with butternut squash and tomato curry sauce

After all the holiday indulgence, I believe our bodies crave less rich foods. On the other hand, it might also be our conscience that has gotten the upper hand, guiding us to healthier eating as the new year takes hold. This recipe is proof that even tofu can be edible and quite tasty, when combined with the right spices. Tofu is like a sponge ( albeit a rubbery one...... as most of you are probably thinking but too polite to say), absorbing the flavours of the other ingredients and especially the rich spices. The butternut pieces not only gives is a lovely buttery flavour but makes for a satisfying dish.

10 ounces firm tofu, cut into bite size pieces.
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup butternut squash peeled and cut into small cubes
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups tomato pieces
1/2 cup water
1 cup sliced zucchini
salt to taste

Heat the oil and saute the onions , garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes until golden
Stir in the spices and cook for an additional minuteor two
Add the tofu and cook for 2-3 minutes to coat with the spices

Add the butternut squash pieces and cauliflower pieces

Stir in the tomato pieces and pour in 1/2 cup of water

Toss in the zucchini

Season to taste with salt and cover the skillet with a cover. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.


  1. I don't think tofu is rubbery at all! I LOVE it. This dish looks amazing. I'm leaving for vacation tonight but I'm totally making this when I get back. I love all the ingredients - it sounds so flavorful!

  2. Roxan, I hope you have a wonderful vacation! nice to see a positive comment on the tofu. Speak to you soon via our blogs.

  3. Roxan, I'm sorry to hear about your back problems and hope the time off will help. Take care, Anna

  4. Hi Ann, it's great to see your instructional posting style! Such a good idea for people who haven't made curries before.

  5. Anna-This is a wonderful and yummy butternut squash with the tofu, and all the other vegetables and spices added. Beautiful color, and presentation!

  6. Angela, Thanks for dropping in. I'm glad that you liked the recipe presentation and thought it helpful for viewers.

  7. Elisabeth, Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. Nice to see that your CSN giveaway contest has so many participants. Isn't it nice to give back to our readers?

  8. I'm always looking for new tofu recipes. My husband loves tofu, and he will be happy to see me print off another recipe. Isn't butternut squash just amazing? Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a weekend full of laughter with those that you love.

  9. what a great recipe! This really looks and sounds fantastic!

  10. Loved the zucchini touch to the dish- looks fab!

  11. Monet,I too love the rich buttery flavour of butternut squash. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Loads of tofu in the fridge,so I'm going to have to come up with more dishes. Hope you have a great week.

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  13. Suchitra, thanks for visiting. Happy that you liked the recipe.

  14. Thanks Dimah. I'm really glad I added the butternut squash which made for a hearty meal.

  15. I'm a big fan of tofu and butternut squash. The seasonings and colors in this dish are mouthwatering!

  16. Thanks Kristi, butternut squash has to be one of my favourite winter vegetables. I also love the challenge of finding ways to incorporate tofu in recipes for healthier eating. The tikka masala recipe was the inspiration for this recipe.

  17. This may be less rich but sacrifices nothing with flavor. I like firm tofu very much and how it absorbs all - a wonderful start to the New Year.

  18. This looks really, really good. But my problems is that even when I use extra firm tofu, it crumbles when I cook it in a pan. What the heck?

  19. Thanks Claudia. Every so often I too like to use tofu as a replacement for meat but it has to be tasty.

  20. Merut, I wonder if it's the brand you are using or using silken firm tofu? I use a firm tofu packed in water for my recipe and have never had problems with it.
    Hope you have better luck.