Tofu and Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Sabzi

I know you guys are probably thinking I’m a tofu nut and I should probably just back off the soy products. The fact is, though, I do really like tofu, and more importantly, it’s good for you. So why not? Being vegetarian (and not even eating eggs) ensures that we get pretty much zero protein in our diets if we don’t make an effort to proactively include it.

The other day we had a little potluck dinner party – in the hostel, mind you – and my contribution appeared to be a great success, so I thought I’d share. I went with the same principle of marinating my tofu in yogurt, but changed up the ingredients of the marinade. McCormick makes a Lemon Herb spice blend which I thought would make a good combination with the tofu, and it turned out to work really well.


1 24 oz. block of firm tofu
12 oz. yogurt
McCormick’s Lemon Herb Spice Blend
2 large capsicum (bell peppers)
1 red onion (2 if they’re really small)
Sabzi Masala (I use everest brand, anything is fine though)
1 green chili pepper
salt to taste
olive oil


1. The day before you want to make this recipe, make small cubes of the tofu. Prepare your marinade by whipping together the yogurt, 2 teaspoons of the spice blend, half a teaspoon of chili powder, and a teaspoon of salt. Cover the tofu with the yogurt mixture and refrigerate overnight.

2. Chop the onions into small pieces. Saute them until they’re evenly browned in the olive oil, along with 1 tsp of sabzi masala (or to taste) and salt to taste.

3. Add the tofu and saute until it is browned on all sides.

4. Chop the capsicum into small (1/2 inch) pieces and add to the mixture.

5. Saute the entire mixture together until everything is cooked through.

Serve with rice or chapati and raita.

As always, share your variations with me!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. pepper mills
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 09:39:40

    Most typically, peppers are used to spice up commonly uninteresting meals like rice or corn. By way of the many years though, men and women have come up with a whole slew of uses for peppers from creating pepper jelly, to making use of ornamental peppers for garlands.


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