Spicy Tofu Sambal Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 tablespoon of Oil
  • 6 - 10 Dried Chilli Soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Onion sliced
  • 1/2 Green Capsicum cubed (optional)
  • 1 pack of hard / firm tofu 250gm
  • Cilantro / coriander leaves chopped for garnish
  • Required salt


  1. Firstly, cut the tofu in cubes and fry them in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  2. Blend the soaked dry chilled, one of the sliced onion, garlic and tomato in blender till smooth paste consistency.
  3. Heat pan and add oil. Fry the remaining sliced onions till slightly brown.
  4. Add the blended chilli paste and required salt and cook until the oil separates and gravy thickens. If you like more gravy and less spicy, you can add some water.
  5. Add capsicum and tofu pieces to the gravy and stir well. Simmer for 5 minutes. 

  6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  7. Serve with steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are not a fan of spice, you can use less dried chillies or take the seeds out of the dried chillies before blending them. 
  2. If you do not wish to add capsicum, you may exclude it from the recipe or you may substitute with peas. 
  3. At Step 4, you can add one tsp of sugar to make the gravy caramelize and turn dark red color. The sugar will also give some added flavour.