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Tofu Lababdar

How to make the most delicious and perfect healthy Tofu Lababdar


This is the most delicious and finger licking Tofu Lababdar ever. I really mean it ….we’ve heard of Paneer Lababdar which is the original version of this dish. So, I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different recipes to make the most authentic, but mouth-watering Lababdar dish. All the recipes that I’ve come across were made with Paneer. My take on this recipe was to make it a bit more on the healthier side, so I had substituted some of the traditional ingredients used in Paneer Lababdar and came up with my very own version of Tofu Lababdar.

This my version of a health Tofu Lababdar, it’s made with firm tofu in an aromatic, bright reddish-orange spicy gravy with sautéed onions,garlic,ginger,cashew nuts, tomatoes and spices. This dish is surely going to be a winner and the highlight of your mealtime. I love this recipe because it’s made with a healthy choice of tofu and coconut milk which still makes this dish flavorful and enriched with calcium and protein. This dish goes well with your choice of roti, paratha, naan or rice.


I’ve been away from the blogging world for some time now. Went on a very long overdue vacation to India and since me and my kids enjoyed it some much we extended our trip too 2 and half months. Yes! it was a well deserved and most relaxing and enjoyable family vacation (dearly missed my husband and daddy). We all came back with great wonderful memories that we will cherish for a very long time. The best part of my journey was coming across many different food dishes that were completely out of this world. I plan on trying out many or all of them and coming back to you all with my version and recipes of it.

I’ve also decided that on my blog I’m going to bring you the original photos that I’ve taken right in my kitchen or dining table while preparing the dish or ready to serve. We spend so much time trying to doll up the pictures and bring to you a perfect photo shop picture of a dish that in actual may not even look like that once prepared. I’ve notices in many blogs where the pictures are so beautiful …..give them total credit for taking that time to get to this end result, but then I find that when one goes to prepare the same dish it looks nothing like the one on the picture. This is how we get discouraged and totally not motivated. So I’m going to try the “no editing” straight from the kitchen/dining table version of blogging.



Tofu Lababdar

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-5

Tofu Lababdar

How to make the most delicious and scrumptious Tofu Lababdar


  • 10-12 cubes of Firm Tofu (more can be added if you wish)
  • 2 tbsp- Oil
  • 2 tbsp- Butter
  • 3 medium size- Tomatoes - chopped
  • 2 medium size- Red Onion - chopped
  • 10 Garlic cloves- cut in half
  • 1/2 inch Ginger piece- cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup- Tomatoe Paste or Strained Tomatoes
  • 5-7 pieces of Cashew Nuts
  • 1 - Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp- Red Chilly Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp- Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp- Punjabi Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp- Red Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp.-Crushed Kesoori Methi (Dry Fenugreek leaves)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp- Sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup- Coconut Milk (optional)
  • 1 tsp- Fresh Coriander -finely chopped (for garnishing)


Heat a non-stick pan on medium high with 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp butter. Once oil is hot, add in garlic,ginger, onion and bay leaf give it a good mix. Saute till the onions are translucent and the raw smell of garlic has disappeared.

The add in tomatoes, cashew nuts and tomato paste and let it cook for 5-6 minutes until tomatoes become mushy.

Then add in all the spices-red chili flakes, turmeric powder, garam masala, red kashmiri chili powder and 1 tbsp of water and give it all a good stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Then remove from stove top and let it cool for few minutes. ***remove bay leaf before grinding***

Now transfer into a grinder jar and grinder the tomato/onion mixture into a fine silky paste. If water is required to grind add a small amount.

Heat the same non-pan on medium high add in 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter once heated up add in the tomato/onion mixture very carefully ...it will splatter or remove from stove top and add. Add in salt to taste,crushed kesoori methi, half of the coconut milk and sugar (optional). Let all of this cook for about 5 minutes. **If need be cover the pan to avoid splatting**

Add in Tofu cubes and 1 cup water and gently give it a good mix to ensure the tofu is completely covered by the gravy. Cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes. If you like a more thicker gravy cook for additional minute or so.

Once ready remove from stove top add in remaining coconut milk if it a light stir and garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.

Delicious Tofu Lababdar is ready to be served with your favorite naan, chapati (roti) or pulav.


* Sugar is optional-but helps reduce the acidic taste of the tomatoes/tomato paste.

* Coconut milk is optional or can be substituted with fresh cream.

* Tofu can be substituted with fresh paneer. Tofu is the more healthier choice.





10 Delicious Diwali Dishes

Wishing every one a Happy Diwali and Happy New Year “Saal Mubarak” 


Deepawali – “Festival of Lights” An ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, this is one of the most major holidays in India. Although, it’s not just celebrated in India it’s actually celebrated by millions all over the world.

No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, but the most traditional ways that people celebrate is by lighting lamps and clay diyas, fireworks, music, decorations, delicious food and sweets. Rangoli patterns are decorated inside and outside created with colorful rice, sand and colorful flower petals. These colorful geometric rangoli designs are created for the entrance ways, living rooms or courtyards of houses that encourage and welcome the goddess Lakshmi Mata.

rangoli 2

Diwali is one of the most lavishing, fun, full of tradition, bright, colorful and exciting festivals celebrated around the world. I find Diwali to be very similar to the traditional holiday “Christmas” which is also celebrated by many around the world. Diwali is all about exchanging gifts and sweets, greeting friends, family and loved ones with Diwali wishes, indulging in lavishing festive meals, buying and wearing new clothing.

For some of us the next day after Diwali, is Gujarati New Years also known as “Bestu Varsha”, “Nutan Varsha”, “Padwa” and “Saal Mubarak”. We celebrate the year 2072 this year, Gujarati’s all over the world will celebrate this day to mark the beginning of a new year and put all their worries behind, forget the past and prepare to welcome the “New Beginning” of a new year.



No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

  1. Sooji Ka Halwa



2. Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora



3. Dal Dhokli



4. Dry Fruit Anjeer Kajoor Ladoo



5. Methi Muttar Malai Paneer



6. Mattar Tofu in White Gravy



7. Moong Dal Dhokla



8. Strawberry Rose Lassi



9. Methi Kela Na Bhajiya



10. Carrot Kheer – Gajar Dhoodh Pak



Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year. 








Bhaji Mooli nu Shaak

Bhaji Mooli nu Shaak – White Radish cooked with its leaves

Don’t toss those Radish Greens !

imageOur passion (that’s me and my husband) for gardening is completely unconditional. During the summer days we, but more so my husband spends a lot of time in our wonderful garden keeping it well maintained and weed free so we all can enjoy fresh home-grown vegetables. Well, this wonderful absolutely healthy and delicious subzi (curry) is made from a home-grown vegetable called Mooli (White Radish or Daikon).

This dish is simply delicious, very healthy, absolutely easy and simple to make. It’s made with only fresh ingredients, things that are normally always in our kitchen like green chili, garlic, ginger, methi (fenegreek seeds) and salt. Really! that’s it. Super simple and cook time is no more than 20 minute.

Home grown radish (mooli)

Home grown radish (mooli)

White Radish also known as “Mooli” in Hindi or “Mura” in Gujarati, it also has many different names that its known around the world. This is one of those unpopular vegetables that might not top many people’s list. Once this vegetable has been cut, shredded or sliced it seems to leave a little bit of an odd smell lingering around which could be unpleasant at times …..especially if you’re not use it. The way I see it look past the shape, size or smell of this vegetable and focus on the absolute important factor that is it’s health and nutrition benefits.

Mooli (radish) consumed raw, cooked or even add into a salad is super healthy. It helps regulate blood pressure, is also very beneficial when suffering from cold or cough, helps breakdown mucus in the throat. Some research has shown that it may help with weigh loss cause it’s low in calories and a fibrous vegetable. There are many different reasons that show this vegetable is an excellent source of nutrients.


No vegetable should go to waste, that’s why I say “Don’t toss those Radish Greens”. The leafs of the radish with the actually white radish make any excellent dishes. I love to make this especially for my kids, it’s full of iron and vitamins which is very important in the growth of our children. Radish leafs (mooli ke patte) are so versatile they can be adapted just like any other green leafy vegetable. Make subzi (curry), use it in parathas, include it in a salad or add it to some lentils (dal) to add that extra protein factor.

My husband is completely in love with Mooli. Any dish made with mooli he enjoys….his all time favorite is pickling it with salt and lemon juice.

He loves tasty, but simple food. He tells me that food should be enjoyed with its natural flavor and taste. Any vegetable that I cook I don’t like to overwhelm it with lots of spices, we both like to get the actual taste of the vegetable and keep the nutrition alive.

Bhaji Mooli nu Shaak or Bhaji Mooli ki Subzi is great dish to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.



Bhaji Mooli nu Shaak

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4

Bhaji Mooli nu Shaak

Healthy and Nutritious Iron Rich Bhaji Mooli ni Shaak


  • 1 large bunch of White radish green (as seen in my radish picture)
  • 1 large White radish - peeled and chopped into finely small pieces.
  • 1 inch - ginger piece- grated
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves - grated
  • 1 tsp - Green Chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp.- Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • pinch of asafitida
  • 2 tbsp.- Oil


Break off and separate the radish leaves. Discard the thick stem.Wash well to remove all grit. Holding a handful of greens at a time, cut crosswise at 1/4 inch intervals, chopping up finely. Put in a bowl.

Wash the radish and discard their tails.Peel and chop into finely pieces.

Heat oil in a large pan, skillet or karhai over medium-high heat. When hot add in methi seeds (fenugreek seeds), saute for 10 seconds, then add in asafitida.

Add in chopped mooli (radish) and mooli leaves (patte) mix well. Let it cook for 5 minutes. Add in green chili paste, ginger, garlic and salt to taste. Mix everything together well. Cover and let it cook on medium-heat for 10 minutes until mooli/leaves are tender. Stir frequently

Uncover and do a taste test and adjust. Turn up heat and boil away any liquid that may have formed.

Serve hot with your favorite side dish of roti or rice.



Hope you enjoy making subzi/curries as much as I do. Do check out of my other recipes to enjoy this summer; Methi Muttar Malai PaneerRed Thai Tom Yam Curry Noodle SoupBhindi Kadhi and Mattar Tofu in White Gravy

Let me know what you think, share your thoughts, comments and feedback with me. Your words are what keeps me motivated. 🙂

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