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.
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.