Tofu Bhurji | Spicy Scrambled Tofu

A very easy vegan scramble made with tofu, that can be great for breakfast or brunch…




This week has been difficult. I lost my ammayi – who is my uncle’s wife – in her battle of SLE on Sunday. She has been suffering this illness since long, which slowly and steadily deteriorated her health in ways that are difficult to accept. When I went home for my cousin’s wedding in end of January, she looked a reflection of herself, but little did I know that this was going to be our last meeting. One side of mine is relieved that she is finally devoid of all the pain and suffering she went through in her life. Allah has promised His Eternal Home for those who go through life’s tests with patience.

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, who, when faced with a disaster, say, “Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we will ˹all˺ return.” (2:155-156)

“Be patient [steadfast]: God does not let the rewards of those who do good go to waste” (11:115)

Despite going through so much pain and issues, she was never without a smile. I have never heard her complain about her situation. All I can pray now is that our Lord gives her what is worth for her in her hereafter… Her death was as saddening as my elappa’s a few years ago… But the show must go on. The living must live on, praying for those who have departed for their good eternal life and with hope that we meet them in His vast paradise, InShaAllah…


Talking of commitments, I signed up for the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge and for the month of February, the theme was “Protein Rich Vegetarian Breakfast”, as suggested by Renu. My partner is Aruna, who is back to blogging after a really long time and she suggested my secret ingredients to be garam masala and kasuri methi. I eat eggs for my breakfast all the time and usually don’t exercise my thought process too much in this case. For this theme, I had to think a little hard. Even though as Indians, breakfast is a staple food, it is more carb-centric than protien-centric. It is during this time my mentor asked me to try tofu as an alternate form of protein in lieu of non-veg. My instant thought was to make scramble out of it. I found that tofu had absolutely no flavor on its own, but it is good at adapting to anything you add to it. The recipe is very straight forward. I used our normal base of onion and tomato and the regular spices to go with it. The beauty of tofu is that it doesn’t need much cooking time. All you need to do is crumble, add and cook for just a couple of minutes till it mingles with the flavors. Unfortunately, as soon as I had the first bite of tofu, my mouth started itching and I realized it isn’t for me. So with this burji ends my rendezvous with tofu. However, HD loved it so much that he enjoyed it for breakfast two days in a row. 😉 Off to this simple recipe…




5 from 12 votes

Tofu Bhurji | Spicy Scrambled Tofu

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Fusion Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda AR


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 3-4 green chillies minced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 500 gm tofu crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • In a saucepan, heat oil. Splutter the mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Saute the ginger garlic paste till raw smell is gone.
  • Add the onion and green chilies, along with some salt and saute till wilted.
  • Add the tomatoes, turmeric and red chilli powders and cook till all mashed. Sprinkle a little water to avoid sticking to the bottom.
  • Add in the crumbled tofu and toss. Cook for another five minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the garam masala powder and kasuri methi, adjust seasoning.
  • Switch off, add coriander leaves and serve hot with bread or rotis.


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  1. sorry to hear about ur ammayi, Rafee 🙁 guess she’s in a better place now defnitely…
    tofu is a hit with hubby as he loves it in stir fries and indo chinese saucy gravies.. must try this tofu bhurji for breakfast sometime soon

  2. Delicious tofu bhurji. Nice protein rich, vegan and healthy breakfast option.

  3. Rafeeda so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is so difficult even though we know that their suffering has ended. May her soul rest in peace. I recently lost my MIL. A lot of my cooking I learned from her. Coming to tofu bhurji, what a wonderful idea. An excellent way to include protein rich tofu in my diet than the usual Chinese style recipes. I’m going to make it soon and enjoy it with a wrap.

  4. Perfect Protein rich dish even vegetarians can enjoy. A simple yet flavourful dish that can be rustled up in no time.

  5. Seema Sriram says:

    5 stars
    As you rightly said it is a bit hard to start with tofu, once you do you realise there are so many recipes you can make using them so easily. The burji looks so inviting.

  6. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda. May god grant her peace.
    Tofu bhurji is simply awesome, I too make it and love it how we can flavour the tofu in our Indian spices. Delicious protein-rich share.

    1. 5 stars
      Sorry for your loss Rafeeda.
      I am not a huge fan of tofu, but your recipe with onions, tomotoes and various spice powders makes me feel like I should give it a try.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m so sorry for your loss, Rafeeda.
    Coming to the bhurjee, it looks absolutely fabulous. I don’t cook with tofu much, and I think using it to make bhurjee is a brilliant idea. Love the addition of kasoori methi.

  8. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda. May her soul rest in peace.
    Tofu bhurji with Indian spices sounds absolutely delicious. A perfect protein rich breakfast dish. I would also love it to use as sandwich stuffing. I am going to try it soon.

  9. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda. The tofu burjee looks so good and easy to make. Children will be happy with a good meal.

  10. 5 stars
    Deepest condolences to you and your family Rafeeda.

    Coming to the recipe this tofu scramble is a hot favourite at my place. Kasuri Methi adds so much flavor to the bhurji. Perfect protein rich breakfast . Ideal for sandwich too.

  11. Vasusvegkitchen says:

    5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda..
    Tofu bhurji looks amazing, love to have this with hot rotis and phulkas. Both kasuri methi and garam masala surely added good aroma to tofu bhurji.

  12. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda … your ammayi is certainly in a better place now . Tofu burjee is a healthy and a perfect alternative for non egg eaters

  13. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda. May her soul rest in peace !!!
    This is a simple yet flavourful dish for sure….

  14. 5 stars
    Sorry for your loss Rafeeda. Tofu burji looks too tempting and delicious with Indian flavors. Perfect for breakfast.

  15. 5 stars
    I am so sorry for your loss. This tofu burji looks amazing and gives the perfect amino acids we need to make our health better. Great share for the theme.

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