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Easy Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

“This vegan Date Tamarind Tofu Curry has your sweet, spicy and tart bases covered and it is delicious on it’s own or with a side of rice or naan.

Vegetarian Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

After reading that first line you might be thinking “…delicious on it’s own…Whaaaaat? That tumble really did some damage as who eats curry on it’s own?

Some foods are just expected to be paired together like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches or macaroni and cheese or hummus and pita chips or mangoes and chili powder or rice and curry – right?
I grew up eating rice and curry – and, in Sri Lanka, that rice sure was piled on high! But, things have a way of changing.
And…not all change is bad.

Vegetarian Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

These days when I make a more “gravy” like curry like this Chickpea and Spinach Curry, I serve it with some rice or naan, but, when I make a thicker curry where the curry seems to embrace and latch onto whatever veggie or meat it surrounds, well, those times I grab a spoon and dive right in, or, serve that dry-curry on a bed of greens like I did with this Potato and Salmon Dry Curry.

Easy Versatile Tamarind Date Paste

With this Date Tamarind Tofu Curry, my daughter and I grabbed spoons and dove right in!

If you happen to be a fan of the Vampire Diaries, then, you will understand when I say that that Date Tamarind Paste I shared on here recently with some coconut milk went together like Bonnie and Enzo! If you are not – well, then I’ll say that this combo was simply dreamy …a little sweet, a little tart, a little spicy, a little creamy, and a whole lotta yum!

Getting back to The Vampire Diaries, my daughter got me hooked on that show and I cannot believe it has only 2 more episodes to go before it is done! As in series finale! Seeing they use to film kinda down the road from us, my daughter and I are going to join in the finale festivities on the square in downtown Covington, Georgia in a few days. But, change…it must happen…

And, speaking of change…

I have a little something to share with y’all – a whole 16 days before it actually happens…

Vegetarian Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

When I started my blog in 2013, it was to be just for fun.
It was to be an online journal of sorts – with run recaps and recipes thrown in.
But…things changed…and, not all change is bad. In fact…some change can be jolly good!

This little space has morphed into a mostly recipe site these days, and, a big source of my income!
So…after much deliberating…
I will be changing my blog name and social handles from Runnin Srilankan (which so many have trouble spelling and finding) to Savory Spin, come March 16th (hence the teaser in my logo above).
The look and feel will remain mostly the same with a few color modifications…but, I figured I’d give y’all a heads up so when y’all landed on here after the 16th and saw “Savory Spin,” on the header, y’all didn’t think y’all had taken a wrong turn on the world wide interwebs!

Now, getting back to food…what’s one of your favorite food combinations?

And…are there any favorite childhood combos that you enjoy eating in a totally different way now?

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Vegetarian Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

Dreamy Date Tamarind Tofu Curry

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Date Tamarind Paste, from here
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • I block extra firm tofu drained well and if you like you can cube it now and then brown it or brown it in block form, I used paper towels, then cube it up and add in to the curry.
  • 1 cup coconut milk, low fat
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 red Serrano Chili Peppers, 1 goes into the curry and the other is for garnish
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Olive oil


  1. Add the olive oil to a pan over medium heat
  2. Add in the onions and let them brown for about 20 minutes - stirring occasionally.
  3. Push the onions to the side of the pan, place the cubed tofu in the middle and cook till tofu is browned - flip the cubes and brown them on the other side too.
  4. Then, add in the garlic and stir well
  5. Add in the Date Tamarind Paste, coconut milk, coriander, and 1 Serrano Chili Pepper and stir till well combined.
  6. Let cook for about 7 minutes and when it starts to thicken, season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with slices of the other Serrano Chili Pepper and parsley and dig in!

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Happy Wednesday Y’all – thank you so much for stopping by – I sure hope you get to try this recipe, you can substitute dried and soaked tamarind for the fresh tamarind I used it that Date and Tamarind Paste, or you can drop me a line and I’ll send you a smidge!

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Saturday 6th of June 2020

Good Morning My daughter has decided to change her eating habits. With only 3 in our family, my husband and I decided to give this a try. IIt has been a transition over 2 years. First, we eliminated beef and pork completely...then we were eating chicken breast and fish approx 5 days a week and vegetarian 2 days a week. Gradually less of the chicken and fish and more vegi dishes. Now its 4 days a week Vegan 2 days Vegitarian..and chicken or fish 1 day..although very hard to convince our daughter that 1 day. All is good..we all feel much better! I am always looking for New recipes.. Bought some tamarin last week...Had to go to downtown Montreal, to find. All this being said , why is this Dish called curry...when their is NO curry in it...Does the tamarin paste have the curry in it??? Can’t wait to try this!

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Wednesday 24th of July 2019

[…] In fact, if it was a weekend, I wouldn’t think twice about going through this process to get some fresh tamarind to use in making some chicken curry ~ like I did in this Vegan Date Tamarind Tofu Curry. […]


Sunday 18th of June 2017

It most definitely is a Bonnie & Enzo kinda recipe. This looks great, and it so happens that I have a packet of Tofu waiting to be used. I wanted to try out something new and looks like this will be it.This is my first time here and I loved going through your other Sri Lankan recipes too and can't wait to try them out.


Thursday 4th of May 2017

A recipe that immediately caught my attention, I would love to try such a curry, I find it totally unusual but that is always a good thing for me. I checked the tamarind paste and saw that is made with tamarind pods which are unavailable here. However I have a big jar of tamaring paste, do you know how much of that I should use to replace the pods?


Friday 28th of April 2017

I was looking for a new tofu recipe for this coming weekend when a friend, who is vegetarian, is coming to visit. I have a few favorites but have served them to him already - this looks so good, and I can only imagine all the uses for the date-tamarind paste! And, best yet, aside form having to buy tofu, I have everything else on hand or in the garden! Thanks, Shashi!

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