October 17, 2007

Clay Pot Tofu Curry

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heard about the clay pot cooking few months ago. I've seen it in my childhood but never cooked in one myself. So when I came across a clay pot in a garage sale this summer I grabbed it. After reading and getting the clay pot ready for cooking, I recently made tofu curry perfect for the fall weather- with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and pumpkin.

1/2 block Tofu - cut in small pieces
1/2 pumpkin - cut in medium pieces
2 green onions
1 floret broccoli chopped
2 medium carrots - chopped
2 tomatoes - chopped
2 celery sticks
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro to garnish (optional)

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Cut all the veggies and keep it aside.
Take a tspoon oil and lightly saute the tofu. Keep it aside.
In the meantime heat the oven to 300 degF and heat the claypot in the oven for 10 minutes before adding the veggies. Soak the clay pot in water for 24 hours prior to cooking in the pot.
Put all the veggies, tofu and the spices in the clay pot and close the lid tightly.
Put it in the oven and let it cook at 300 deg F for 30 -40 min till all the veggies are cooked. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with rice.

This turned out so good, I can't wait to try biryani in the clay pot next!


  1. Anonymous12:00 AM

    Try Gini's fish curry also. It's great in a regular pot. I can only imagine how heavenly it is in a clay pot!

    And you've been tagged. Play along whenever you can!

  2. Mandira thats looks quite differnt never thought of tofu in claypot :) thks for sharing!

  3. This made me hungry even though i had my dinner only a lil' while ago! Lovely tofu dish. Does the clay pot work on electric stove?

  4. What an interesting way! I used to eat claypot tofu a lot, but not like this! :)

  5. cooking in clay pot makes all the difference... i am a proud owner of 3 clay pots :)
    recently i started loving tofu and i am collecting many tofu recipes. thanks to u, i have anothe gr8 recipe :)

  6. mandira cooking clay pot eh!!!it must have given a unique flavour to the curry, i too remember those granny days n then 5 star hotels used to serve dum biryanis in those small black clay pots which was simple amazing!! miss those days yaar!!

  7. Mandira, next to Kamat's in Majestic circle in B'lore, there was is restrant which served mini clay pot Chicken which tasted divine.So tender and earthy smell.Loved it.
    I do have one, don't cook in that much. Fall dish looks yum. Enjoy Navratri:))

  8. Kothay pele clay pot ? Emniy kono dokan e ki paoa jay ?

    Pujor janya roilo Sharada Shubhechcha

  9. That Looks so delicious!!! I dont have a clay pot though :(
    I would love to try it someday!

  10. yes, dishes cooked in earthenware taste heavenly...no comparison...i generally carry one with me when I come from Indian...first time it was all in broken pieces...last time, I got it in shape :)


  11. This looks awesome! I just had this delicious claypot catfish at a vietnamese restaurant last week and was hankering to try claypot cooking out. And this post sounds like the perfect recipe for me!

    Thanks Mandira :)

  12. Tofu out of Clay pot, I can imagine how wonderful it has tasted!

  13. good information, why is it immmersed in water, since using first time?

  14. oooo...can we see a good picture of the clay pot? I am crazy over such stuff? Is this Indian type?

  15. yum...that looks so colorful and comforting. Never cooked in a clay pot before. I heard about the unique flavor that a clay pot imparts to a dish. Lucky you.

  16. Clay pot...wow, that's a nice concept mandira! I'm sure that must have given a nice earthy flavor to the tofu...

  17. Manisha Thanks, now that the first oe came out so well, I can't wait to try new things with it. Will try Gini's recipe. :)

    Roopa thanks, this was the easiest to try.

    MusicalUnfortunately, you cannot use it on the stove, but will work in the oven. Some claypots also work in microwave.

    Anh - Please share your recipe too, would love to try it!

    Sia post some recipes in your clay pot. Will try them :)

    Padmaja I hear you, loved those biryanis and phirnis in earthen ware. I have to try them in this and see if it works :)

    Ashanext time I am in Bangalore I want to visit this place and eat that chicken curry :)

    Sandeepa ami ei claypot ta garage sale -e kinechi. amazon-e ei pot ta dehlam ... check it out

  18. Cinnamon -try it out when you get a chance. It tastes good.

    Shn- kudos to you that you managed to get the earthen pot in one piece from India. I have to try it the next time I am there :)

    Kaykat wow, I would love to try it too :) must have been delicious.

    Seena the pot has to be conditioned before cooking and it involves soaking it in water. I think it helps get the earthen flavor.

    Inji thanks :) will post the claypot picture soon. Share your pots too.

    Mansi it id turn out good. thanks for dropping by.

  19. The tofu looks delicious! gr8 recipe! Cooking in claypot... tofu would have tasted heavenly... hmmmm!!!


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