November 22, 2011

An Open Source Recipe - Tofu and Green Beans Rice

Beans and Tofu Rice

To tell you about the name, I will have to tell you a story about introducing a friend and colleague to Indian food. She is our new webmaster at work and I took her to Suvai, an Indian restaurant for lunch. As we were walking in, she said she's not a fan of spicy food. I was in two minds about the buffet. Just then the manager came in and insisted that we taste the food "It's not spicy at all".

And I'm glad we did. The lunch was great and the couple of things that stuck out to her was the coconut rice and the beans poriyal. On the way back we started to talk, "How can we make a one pot meal with the combination?" she asked. And we started talking about all the things we can add to it to make it a one pot meal. So it was a collaborative effort. And the name is in her honor - open source.

It'll make an interesting twist to the green beans if you decide to take this to the Thanksgiving table.

And in the true open source fashion, go ahead and make this and create your own twist. Send me a link if you make this with your own flavor and I will add it to the main post.

1 cup rice (I used brown rice)
1 cup chopped green beans
1/2 pack extra firm tofu
1/2 tspoon turmeric
1/2 tspoon red chilli powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
1/2 tspoon mustard seeds
1/4 cup coconut
1 red chilli
2 bay leaves
3-4 curry leaves

1/4 cup nuts (I used almonds, but really any one would work)
2-3 tbspoon oil
salt to taste

Here are the three main ingredients:

1. Boil the rice.

Beans and Tofu Rice

2. Cube the tofu and stir fry them in a tbspoon oil with 1/4 tspoon turmeric powder and 1/4 tspoon chilli powder.
Beans and Tofu Rice

3. In a saucepan, heat oil and temper it with mustard seeds, bay leaves, chilli and curry leaves. Then add the green beans, and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the grated coconut, cumin seeds powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and cook till the green beans are tender.

Beans and Tofu Rice

In the same pan, add the rice and mix it well with the beans. Then add the Tofu and the nuts. Stir for 2-3 minutes till everything mixes well together.

Beans and Tofu Rice

Serve warm. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Healthy and super inviting combo,interesting..

  2. Very healthy and yummy combination of rice...looks so yummy!

  3. Mandira kemon acho ? Open source;-D.. and yeah this looks so delicious..extra firm tofu use korecho? eyikhane tofu ta kom paba jaye..paneer diye besh bhalo hoye khete..lil A kemon ache ekhon?..hugs and smiles

  4. Hello Mandira ..first time here , loved the blog and the recipes. Hope to hear back from you on my blog as well:)


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