How to Make Spaghetti With Curried Tofu and Mixed Vegetables

Updated on August 1, 2019
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How to make spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables
How to make spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables | Source

Curry powder is a spice mix that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. The mix typically includes fenugreek, chili peppers, coriander, cumin, and turmeric—although there are certainly regional variations, as well.

My love for Indian food, as well as Italian food, inspired me to create a dish combining ingredients from both cuisines: curry powder and spaghetti. Learn how I made a simple dish of spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, frozen
  • 1/2 cup plain water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 100 grams firm tofu, cubed
  • 300 grams spaghetti pasta, cooked
  • pepper
  • pepper
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ingredients for spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables
ingredients for spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables | Source
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Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 3 medium bowls
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • saute pan
  • tong
  • strainer
  • bowl

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 2 servings

Instructions

  1. Heat large amount of oil in a pan. Fry tofu cubes until brown. Set aside.
  2. In a different pan, heat small amount of oil. Saute onion first; then saute garlic. Add frozen vegetables. Stir.
  3. Add pasta water, plain water, curry powder, and coconut powder. Bring to a boil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fried tofu.
  5. Toss in pasta until well coated.
  6. Serve as is, or with a slice of bread.

The Finished Dish

Spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables
Spaghetti with curried tofu and mixed vegetables | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Cut tofu into cubes so that each side can become crispy when cooked.
  2. Use pasta water to thicken the sauce.
  3. Adjust curry powder if needed. Some curry powder mixes are milder than others.
  4. Add other vegetables if preferred.
  5. Replace coconut powder with coconut milk, but make sure to reduce the same amount of pasta water.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        10 months ago from California

        Hello Liz,

        Experimenting works over time. Just be okay with the process as it will eventually create good result. I h8pe you try this recipe.

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        Liz Westwood 

        10 months ago from UK

        This looks so much better than my early experiment with tofu over 30 years ago. A colleague at work recommended it, but the recipe didn't turn out very well.

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        Dred Cuan 

        10 months ago from California

        Hi Mary,

        You can use a firm to extra firm tofu when you want to fry it. It won't work for a soft silken one. As for the vegetables, I used carrots, corns, and green peas. You can actually add anything, just be aware of the cooking time of the vegetables. In our recipe, you will need to cook your sauce before adding the vegetables so you can adjust the water and time so you can cook everything accordingly.

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        Mary Norton 

        10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I haven't tried this before but it looks interesting. Some vegetables take time to cook and others don't. What vegetables are good? Some tofu are soft, firm or extra firm. I always have a hard time choosing.

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