Potato and Tofu Vindaloo

Alternate Spellings: Vindalu

Cuisine: Indian

Region: Goan

Recipe Type: Main Dish

Average User Rating: 2.57 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan

This is a classic Goan dish, inspired by Portuguese settlers, and probably among the spiciest dishes on the planet!


1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 small sweet onion, minced
2 tsp. coriander seeds
2 tsp. black mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
2 tsp. roasted chili powder
2 tsp. palm sugar
4 TB white vinegar
1 TB + 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable stock

1 block tofu
flour, for dredging
2 TB oil
1.5 cups red potatoes, unpeeled, diced small
1/2 cup garbanzo beans, prepared

4 cups basmati rice, prepared


Heat 1 TB oil over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, and ginger until soft. Remove from pan and place in a blender with just enough water to make a paste. Toast coriander, cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek, peppercorns, and mustard seeds in a pan over medium heat until lightly browned and aromatic. Combine with rest of spices and grind to a powder in a spice mill or coffee grinder. Add vinegar and sugar to the spice mixture and stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil over low heat. Add mixture to pan and simmer slowly over low heat until the spices become pungent (your nose will start burning, almost assuredly). Remove from heat and reserve. This is the vindaloo paste. It will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Dice tofu into small cubes. Dredge tofu very lightly in the flour, shaking off the excess. Heat 1 TB oil over medium heat and cook tofu until lightly browned and crispy. Drain tofu and add back to pan. Add the vindaloo paste, tomato sauce, potatoes, garbanzo beans, and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 30-45 minutes. Serve with rice.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-45 minutes

Servings: 4-6

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This is an excellent vindaloo recipe. Yum! I loved it.

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Kelly
4:33 am

Chris....have you ever written a cookbook? I hope you get this comment.

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Connie
From: , USA
12:57 pm

Vegetarian Potato and Tofu Vindaloo Recipe - Average User Rating: 2.57 / 5 - 2 Ratings, 2 Reviews