Tofu Bhurji
The name "Bhurji" is to Indian cooking what "Scrambled" is to western. Bhurji represents just the cooking method/technique where the final product is a dry yet lightly damp in texture. Although Egg Bhurji (scrambled eggs to the rest of the world) enjoys the vast percentage of the Indian audience, other versions with lightly different variations have cropped up, like Paneer bhurji (made with Indian cottage cheese) and lesser known Tofu Bhurji. I make this dish often enough for the fact that it is simple, pretty fast, quite effortless and it is loaded with protein and practically zero fat! This dish is also a good one to start with for those who have not yet started including Tofu in their diet, or for those who find it to be too bland. I marinade the tofu with assorted spices that makes it more delicious.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Approx. 3 cups Extra Firm tofu, grated
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup Bell peppers (red,yellow and green mix for color)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 2-3 green chillies to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp coriander-cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • few sprigs of cilantro for garnish
1. Place the grated tofu in a bowl. Make sure there is no water in them.
2. Add the spices (garam masala + turmeric + ginger garlic paste + coriander-cumin powder) along with sliced chilli, 1/2 tbsp of Olive oil/vegetable oil and cilantro. Use your hands to toss them together until blended. Set aside covered for about 15-20 min.
3. In a skillet, add onions with little salt. The salt will let out some water from the onions helping it to cook faster esp. in the ansence of oil. You can add oil too if you want. Add cumin seeds - let it cook for another 1 min.,
4. Add the bell peppers and tomato and cook for another 2 min until they get soft.
5. Add the Puree and cook until the raw smell of the puree goes away . Add the Tofu and stir for 2-3 minutes.
6. Add the peas and cook for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve warm garnished with cilantro.

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By sunitha on Jul 30, 2010

Unfortunately I have the tofu which is submerged in water:)) Can u pls tell me how to squeeze the water out without mashing them:))) Please help

Wrap multiple paper towels and place a weight (like a pan or something) on top. You will see the water seeping and wetting the towels...repeat until you have maximized the absorption of water :)

By megna on Jul 5, 2010

Awesome recipi...going to this dish for lunch with roti's...there's no oil in the to u :)

By Jay on Jun 24, 2010

Hi DK, I have never seen tofu sold without being submerged in water. Can you tell me which kind of shops carry those or rather in which section?

It would help if you tell me where you stay! I am in the US and I get those types in Whole Foods -

By Muskaan on May 12, 2009

Hey nice blog, and nicer pictures...How do you click it, any special camera/technique?

By Poornima Nair on Mar 24, 2009

The bhurji looks yumm...I abs love Tofu but my hubby wouldn't get near it, so unfortunately don't make it often.

By Madhumathi on Mar 24, 2009

This burji is absolutely yummy..Im feeling hungry now :)

By Supriya on Mar 24, 2009

Hi DK, I usually make scrambled tofu for breakfast. Your spiced up version looks great & easy. I think I'll make it for dinner tonight...I have most of the ingredients & very less time to cook.

By Heavenly Housewife on Mar 24, 2009

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By Vandana Rajesh on Mar 24, 2009

Hi DK lovely tofu bhurji, made paneer bhurji recently so can well imagine the taste of your delicious dish. Lovely pics (as usual). Have been thru ur cheesecake recipe.Have been wanting to make a cheesecake for sometime now. Can I use paneer or cottage cheese(freshly made at home) instead of cream cheese(not available here.

By Sharmilee! :) on Mar 23, 2009

First time here....gud to see the step by step method!

By Nags on Mar 23, 2009

i have been toying with this idea for a while, u know :)

By n33ma on Mar 23, 2009

thats such a nice tofu especially since its such a good protein and keep me full longer.

By Vani on Mar 23, 2009

I have a version of this on my blog. Yours looks wonderful, DK!

By Jamie on Mar 23, 2009

Great recipe DK. And the snaps are really excellent!

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 23, 2009

This is such a yummy and healthy dish DK! love it :)

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 23, 2009

This is such a yummy and healthy dish DK! love it :)

By Gayathri on Mar 23, 2009

Yummy entry, love the pics

By Pavani on Mar 23, 2009

Love the flavor combination. Will try it soon. Freezing the tofu will make it very easy for grating.

By Priya on Mar 23, 2009

I love these sort of protein packed dishes, this bhurji looks amazing..last picture makes me hungry!!

By Ashwini on Mar 23, 2009

Looks so yumm. Love to try

By Divya Vikram on Mar 23, 2009

Love the marinating idea to remove the bland taste!

By Madhuram on Mar 23, 2009

Although I use tofu quite often I have not prepared it this way. This would make a very good stuffing for chapathis as well. Dee has something similar for tofu filled parathas in her blog.

By Asha on Mar 23, 2009

Got to mask that bland taste of Tofu, 'cause it's good for you. Looks delicious, love Egg Bhurgi, so this is fine too! :)

By Lavanya on Mar 23, 2009

very nice..i love this to me!!