As the name suggests, Pad Thai is a cuisine of Thailand and is one of its most popular dishes enjoyed all over the world. I dont prefer cooked eggs in my food, so have a vegan version of the dish.

I have used Peanut oil for this dish since it brings out that flavour of asian cooking. My recipe is as below:

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 8 ounce Packet (or as per need )of Rice Noodles - thick variety
  • 1 tbsp Peanut oil
  • 7 oz of Tofu, firm variety, sliced into thick squares
  • 1 bell pepper ( any color, I used red )
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic,minced
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind paste, or tamarind dissolved in water into thick paste
  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 1 medium carrot,julienned
  • 1 onion, sliced.
  • 1 cup snow peas,strings removed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of corn starch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • few springs of cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • 2-3 spring onions, for garnish
  • salt to taste

Spread the Cornstarch on a plate. Coat the Tofu sqaures with the flour. Heat a non stick pan,spray it with PAM spray or little olive oil and place the Tofu's on the pan. Turn them after 4-5 min. Repeat till the tofu's have been browned. Set aside.


Cook the noodles as per the instruction in the package. Set aside.


Heat a pan with peanut oil. Stir in the onions, garlic,carrots and cook till soft.


Add the bell pepper,snow peas,tofu,soy sauce,tamarind paste and stir fry on high heat for 5-6 min taking care not to break the tofu.


Add the noodles and mix well. Add salt and mix well. Continue to stir fry on high heat for another 2-3 min till the noodles mix well.

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By Soumya on Sep 29, 2011

Hi - Thank you for the simple and healthy recipe! I tried it and came out awesome. Few tweaks - I used Hoisin sauce for the sweet and sour flavor. And omitted the tamarind. Thanks again! :)

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By Padmajha on Oct 25, 2010

I have never tried Pad thai!!And ur recipe sounded[and tasted] wonderful.Lil Angel enjoyed it :)

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By Sandhya on Sep 14, 2013

Hi, I have the same comment as the previous one - when to add roasted peanuts? Thanks!

By Sowmya on Dec 8, 2012

I have a doubt, when to add the peanuts?

By ramya arun on Dec 8, 2012

hey is there no need for spice?green/red chillies? i usually make instant pad thai.wanted to try this recipe

You can of course add it, as per your preference :) --DK

By Kamal on Sep 8, 2012

Hi, I had made the previous comment regarding tamarind and lemon juice inclusion in this recipe. Now that I have attempted making this, I understand the need. Individual components though with same flavour bring the exact taste of this recipe together. Yum! This was well appreciated at home, the only other version we have ever had is from ThaiExpress. I would also take this oppurtunity to let you know that I have tried making at least one recipe from each of your categories here, following the steps as you exactly describe it. I am a mom of two boys, with the first one slightly starting to seek attention in his own ways with the arrival of the second. I believed that one way to show him our unflinched commitment and love to him was to make new/interesting/healthy dishes for him myself for his breakfast,snackbox and lunchbox. Otherwise, our SriLankan live in helper cooks for us. Its been a month since I started putting in that little extra time for cooking in the morning and boy! what a change in him :) He is more composed, happy and focused now. Amma kai samayal! Without our cookbook here, I would have been at a loss of inspiration. Thank you so much for your efforts.

You actually wrote exactly what I was planning to with respect to lemon and tamarind ( and thanks for reminding me about this post! Have to revamp it with better photos!). I am extremely gratified with what you have written - makes me glad about this site and my reasons for doing it. Luv to your little ones. I have one myself and I know the role that amma's samayal plays in their appetites...but come to think of it, I love my mom (till date) for doing just that for me. I know cooking and stuff now, but when she came to visit me last time, I cannot forget the boundless joy eating the poori that my mom made for me. Pooris never tasted better! --DK

By kamal on Sep 5, 2012

When will the lemon juice be used? Won't it make the prep very sour along with tamarind?

By Kribha on Jan 29, 2008

It's such a healthy dish. Your picture made me drool. Very nice Dhivya.

By DK on Jan 25, 2008

It sure did Jeena :)

Thanks Padma :)

My pleasure Hima:)

Try this Pravs, am sure u will come to use Tofu a lot :)

Thanks Mansi :)

Thansk Laavan:)

That was such a generous comment. I am overwhelmed Jo. Thanks girl:)

Sure Vanamala:)

That would work great too Nags

Thanks Sudha! :)

Thanks RC :)

Thanks Bhags :)

Sure Rajitha! Do try this one. :)

Thanks remya :)

Thats Peanuts Cynth:)

Thanks Shella:)

Thanks DM :)

You know u r always welcome Siri :)

Thanks HC :)

By Happy cook on Jan 23, 2008

Yumm it just look so delicious that i want to have a whole plate now

By Siri on Jan 23, 2008

Oo Lala!.. That dish looks so inviting to me.. Its so unfair on ur part to cook all these yummO dishes and not invite me.. bad bad girl hehe..

Love the addition of Tofu in it.. and Peanut oil.. awesome combo!

take care n cya Dhivi,

~ Siri

By Daily Meals on Jan 23, 2008

Lovely noodles and nice pictures Dhivya!

By Shella on Jan 23, 2008

This really makes me want to make them right away. the pics r really tempting

By Cynthia on Jan 22, 2008

You didn't even have to put the tofu and chickpeas, I would have eaten it just like that. I LOVE PAD THAI!!! :)

By remya on Jan 22, 2008

wat a lovely platter....adding tofu is really healthy....wid lots of veggies and peanut oil...sounds gud

By Rajitha on Jan 22, 2008 are on a roll!! yummers..looks great..i have been thinking of making these (the soup and pad-thai) and you are making these..that is the difference ;)...will try this for sure.. as i do not eat eggs..and ur versions help :)

By bhags on Jan 22, 2008

This one seems real yummy....that tofu looks good.

By Red Chillies on Jan 21, 2008

Looks wonderful Dhivya. I love Pad Thai anyday and that too with lots of peanuts. Even I don't like eggs in my cooking, but love lots of veggies.

By sudha on Jan 21, 2008

Looks Awesome ! Pics are too good...


By Nags on Jan 21, 2008

that spaghetti sure looks nice. but i wud prefer this with paneer, tofu is really not my thing!

By Vanamala on Jan 21, 2008


Thanks for leaving the comment.

Lovely dish pad thai is one of my fav. but never tried at home. will try it

By Jyostna on Jan 21, 2008

Heyyyyyy Dhivi, Lots to catch up with ur blog.......I was busy with festival.....Happy pongal to u too....I went through all ur recipi's will leave u a comment and try all of them for next potluck at my place......Ur blog is toooo impressive re......I wish a warm welcome to ur blog for year 2008.......woudl love to see many more of ur dishes this sooner u will hit double century....And do trust that people like us will always try ur palate magic.......I just made this pasta y'day with a slight came out welll....I like this kind of pasta.Chalo phir.

By Laavanya on Jan 21, 2008

That looks fabulous DK. The tofu looks so good and perfectly browned.

By Mansi Desai on Jan 21, 2008

Loks awesome DK!! Pad Thai is our favorite dish, and my hubby makes it pretty well:)

loved your pics:)

By Pravs on Jan 21, 2008

I hardly cook with tofu, since i am not sure what to do with it.This preparation looks delicious.

By Hima on Jan 21, 2008

That is looking yummy. I love phad thai in one of the thai restaurants here. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

By Padma on Jan 21, 2008

The platter itself is so tempting besides all the veggies and tofu sounds very healthy.

By Jeena on Jan 21, 2008

Looks lovely tofu is great in stir fry. I bet it all tasted delicious with peanut oil. :-)