Tandoori Tofu and Cauliflower Taco’s – National Vegetarian Week

22 May

Tandoori Tofu and Cauliflower Taco’s- National Vegetarian week 

We find ourselves in unspoken compromise in our house. Well it is unspoken most of the time. I like to escape with documentaries on the breastfed her children until they were eight years old whilst mister wants to watch Britain’s got talent or a magician in action. To be fair neither of us seems to find the time to actually focus on a TV programme anyway. I like mountains and he likes beaches, so we visited places like St. Lucia, where there tranquil emerald waters sit quietly in the lap of the pitons. He likes Mexican food and I like really bold and loud flavors. He even persuaded me eat at a Taco bell once.

I like Mexican food too, but when it comes to Taco’s the vegetarian variety (included in the option I explored above) seems to be filled with re-fried beans and the rest of the usual items of salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese and I am not the biggest fan of mushy re fried beans. Sometimes I make Taco’s with spiced vegetarian mince, which I like on a ‘cheat’ night. But here is an option that satisfied us all this evening. Tandoori tofu and cauliflower taco’s. Oh yes.

Tandoori Tofu and Cauliflower Taco’s


The cauliflower gives real bite, and the tandoori aroma is heady. The tofu gives wonderful and contrasting texture to the taco shell and with the carrot and avocado salad. We have some big mouthfuls of ‘pow’. And guess what? It is all a pretty healthy meal.

You will see that I have used thick, hung curd. Use Greek yoghurt but please remember to drain any excess water. The reason I say this is that when you marinade and roast the cauliflower you may end up stewing it if there is too much moisture in the yogurt.

Tandoori Tofu and Cauliflower Taco’s

for the full recipe head over to great British chefs

34 Responses to “Tandoori Tofu and Cauliflower Taco’s – National Vegetarian Week”

  1. Aditi May 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Deena- it looks so good! I just saw the recipe too. I was just thinking of another way to make Tofu and here you are! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya May 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Thanks Aditi! It’s scrumptious and filling. Let me know if you try it x

  2. Deb May 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    Tacos of all types are very popular here in California. At our house we are fond of tofu with a heady mix of garlic, cumin and chili powder. The spiced cauliflower sounds like an amazing change from our routine!

    • Deena Kakaya May 23, 2014 at 7:54 am #

      Oh I really like that you make tofu tacos, I have never seen them around here. The tandoori packs a real ‘pow’ in this one x

  3. simplyvegetarian777 May 23, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    Isn’t this a gorgeous fusion! Excellent face lifting of the tacos.

  4. themuffinmyth May 23, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    Beautiful recipe! There is a tapas place not from from where we live that does roasted cauliflower tacos. Yum! I bet the tandoori flavour really ups the anti. When I make tacos at home I often use crumbled tempeh cooked in homemade taco seasoning, or hearty black bean ragu.

    • Deena Kakaya May 23, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      The tandoori really does it in this one Katie, you are so right. I’m really liking the idea of your black bean ragu, I will try that ! Thank you x

  5. Elaine @ foodbod May 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    They look fabulous!!

  6. matchamochimoo May 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    The taco looks amazing to eat, lovely!

    • Deena Kakaya May 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Oh thank you! I enjoyed being messy with them x

  7. Katie @ Whole Nourishment May 24, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    This looks wonderful Deena. The roasted cauliflower and spices paired with the usual Mexican flavors sound so good here. And I could see roasted tempeh going well too as an alternative to tofu, perhaps!

    • Deena Kakaya May 24, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you Katie! How are you? I’m not keen on tempeh, but wish I could be as I’ve read fabulous reviews on its health properties recently x

  8. kellie@foodtoglow May 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Great sounding recipe – I”ll have to pop over to GBC and read it in full. I am lucky that we all like the same kinds of food in my house – and lucky for them as I would make them cook their own dinner!

    • Deena Kakaya May 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      Well lovely Kellie, given the pictures and recipes I’ve seen from
      You, I’m not surprised that your whole household would love the food you decide upon!

      Glad you like this one, gobfuls of ‘oof’ x

  9. Joyti May 25, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    Oooh, I love cauliflower! The tacos look great – fusion tacos are pretty popular here (I’ve seen Korean, Indian, Filipino) – but none with cauliflower, a personal fave of mine 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya May 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Oh your range of taco
      Sounds fabulous! Glad you likely cauliflower number, do let me know if you try it x

  10. Sally May 26, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    My vegetarian daughter is going to LOVE this recipe. Bookmarked and ingredients now on shopping list.

    • Deena Kakaya May 26, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Oh that’s wonderful to learn, I’m so pleased Sally and hope that your daughter ( and the rest of the family) will enjoy this one x

  11. Vanesther May 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh Deena! These look sooo tasty and I just adore your photography – as usual!

    • Deena Kakaya May 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      It is very lovely to hear from you Vanesther, and that too with with such kind words, thank you! I’m always concerned about the pics, so it’s great to learn that you like them xx

      • Vanesther May 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

        I always love your images. Makes me want to reach into the computer screen and grab a big handful!

  12. Traditionally Modern Food May 27, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Mexican dish using tofu.. Grt innovation:)

  13. Food Ren (@RenBehan) May 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow that looks so tasty – love the plate (as well as the food, of course!)

    • Deena Kakaya May 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Thank you Ren, I’m not the tidiest eater as you have probably seen and this was a meal that was fun to eat messily 😉 xx

  14. Joanne May 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    The.Boy and I can never agree on tv either!! But I think we would both adore these tacos!

    • Deena Kakaya May 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks Joanne! These taco over some mutually competing TV would be great ;0 x

  15. Rhonda Sittig May 30, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    These look like party food to share with friends –delicious!

    • Deena Kakaya May 30, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Great idea Rhonda! I didn’t share much this time though x

      • Rhonda Sittig May 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

        ha ha ha!! I’ll let you know how they come out here…


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