food : red lentil tofu

Tofu is a vegan protein that is made with soy beans and is fairly involved to make at home, though doable. This recipe is not for regular tofu, but red lentil tofu. It is much easier to make from scratch and has many similar properties. It is similar to Burmese tofu, which we were introduced to by my wife's cousin, but using masoor dal (red lentil) instead of moong dal (yellow lentil). The recipe/process is super easy and provides a nice substitute for regular tofu. We are still working out the best ways to prepare it with a meal. While this tofu can be eaten without further cooking, we have found that air frying it and having a generous portion of sauce is great over rice. I plan to try it out with stir fried veggies next.

Red lentils pack in a lot of protein, but note that it is not a complete protein the way that tofu made with soy is. This shouldn't be a problem since you are eating a well rounded diet, right? Serve it with some rice or bread and you are good to go.


Amount Measure Ingredient
1CupRed Lentils
0.75tspOnion powder
0.75tspGarlic Powder


  1. Put the water in a pot to boil
  2. While the water is heating up rinse the lentils until the water runs clear and stops being bubbly/frothy
  3. Put the lentils in a pyrex/glass container and pour the boiling water over them, cover and set aside for 20 minutes
  4. Add the lentils/water, salt, spices to a blender or food processor and grind/blend until smooth
  5. Add the ground liquid lentils/water to a large pot on modium heat, stirring continuously for around 5–7 minutes. The mixture will get pretty thick, and you should lower the heat to medium-low for the remainder of the cook time once it thickens substantially
  6. Stop stirring and remove from heat when your whisk can more or less stand up on its own in the mixture
  7. Immediately pour into an 8 by 8 pyrex baking dish (or similar) and put into the fridge to cool/set; leave for at least two hours, but overnight is fine
  8. Turn over baking dish onto cutting board to remove the tofu, it should come out easily
  9. Cut up to desired sizes for storage (in the fridge in an air tight container) or cooking