Bean Curd Kottu

In this month’s Kottu series of my mother, I am sharing her bean curd kottu at both the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck and Fiesta Friday.
DSC01280For the third week of the A.R.Rahman month, I wish to share three beautiful Hindi songs from movies. The first two movies are among my all-time favourites.

The first clip is from Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed movie Water (2005) starring Sarala Kariyawasam, Lisa Ray and John Abraham. The movie was filmed in Sri Lanka and the cast includes Sri Lankan child actress Sarala.

The second song is from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s movie Rang De Basanti (translation: Colour it saffron, 2006) starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and Alice Patten. This song is sung by Naresh Iyer (who won the national award for best male playback singer that year for this song) and A.R.Rahman.

The last song clip is from the movie Rockstar (2011) starring Ranbir Kapoor. This clip is a lovely qawwali song filmed at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, one of the most venerated Sufi shrines in Delhi. The singers are A.R.Rahman, Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan and the Nizami brothers (whose family traditionally has sung at the Dargah for centuries).

Hope you enjoyed today’s music choice of A.R.Rahman and the bean curd kottu!

Bean Curd Kottu

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Coconut Roti – 1 cup, chopped
  • Bean curd – ½ cup, lightly fried cubes
  • Onion – ¼ cup, chopped
  • Ginger – ½ tsp, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 1 tsp, chopped, finely chopped
  • Fennel – pinch
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Soya sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Crushed chillies – 1 tsp or Pepper – ¼ tsp
  • Sliced tomato and chopped coriander, for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the onion, ginger, fennel and curry leaves.
  2. Mix in chopped bean curd.
  3. Add the soya and tomato sauce to the pan as well as the crushed chillies or pepper. Stir-fry for about 2 mins.
  4. Add the chopped roti and salt to taste and continue to stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  5. Transfer to serving plate and garnish with sliced tomato and chopped coriander.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.


22 thoughts on “Bean Curd Kottu

  1. I really admire Sri Lankan, Indian (and others) foods can be so flavorful. When I see so many ingredients, I always tell myself that, that certain recipe is difficult to make, I guess I’ve always been so wrong. 😀 Thanks for bringing this dish and these videos to today’s FF! Enjoy the party and munch on! 😉

    xx Jhuls

    • Thank you, Jhuls. I used to think cooking was complicated until I actually tried following some recipes. I realized that while there might be some time-consuming ones as well as intricate ones, most recipes around the world are actually easy to make. That enlightening experience is something that I value 😉 Happy Fiesta!

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  3. I love all the recipes and clips you share. It’s one of my favorite parts of Fiesta Friday. I love the flavors in the Bean Curd Kottu. Thank you for sharing. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  4. Dear Akila I work in Libya(in turmoil at present) and a fan of your interrsting menus. Could you please tell me what is the Sinhalese Name for Bean Curd ? Thanks & Best regards Sarath Amarasekera

    • Sarath, Thank you for your comment. I don’t think bean curd has a Sinhalese name as it is from South east and East Asia. In Sri Lanka, it is referred to as bean curd or tofu which might be the name used in Libya as well.

  5. I’ve never really tried bean curd before but this looks really tasty. Is the fennel fresh or dried? Must put this on my to do list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you, Hilda 🙂 Nice to hear that you liked the second song clip. Do watch the movie ‘Rang De Basanti,’ if you can with English subtitles as the story would be hard to follow otherwise. I enjoyed how the well-written script was filmed and acted.

  6. Always enjoy your posts with the music and the food Ahila – thanks so much for putting it all tougher. The Bean Curd Kottu sounds so tasty and also very quick and easy without an overly long ingredient list. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful things with us for Fiesta Friday – have a wonderful week!

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