Tempeh Chili Roast - Kerala Style. vegan glutenfree. And Winners of the SoDelicious coupon Giveaway!

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A spicy Tempeh curry for a Meatless Monday. This is one spiced up onion based dry curry, usually made with meat. I used Tempeh(fermented Soybean Patty). You can use any sturdy meat substitute of choice. Like for Tofu, add just a little water to the marinade. Adjust the spice to taste:) Serve this as side with Indian flat bread (Roti, Paratha, Laccha Parotta, Naan) or Rice! or Serve as a snack with Crackers, a cool dill cashew dip and a Hot cup of Indian Chai. Yummm!

This is not the authentic version of a Kerala Chili roast, I saw a couple of versions by so many bloggers and chefs, found a common base recipe and adjusted it to my taste. For variations, Puree the onions and shallots and roast them for a smoother masala paste, Or add a little water or coconut milk for a gravy version, Or add a couple of dry red chilies or red chili powder to amp up the spice.

You can use this as an Indian side, or add to tacos, or top salads. 

Tempeh Chili roast- Kerala Style

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Kerala is a state on the coast in South west India, a popular destination for its backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery. The Cuisine of the state is influenced by a lot of cultures. Coconut, Rice, Fish, tropical vegetables and rich and hot spice are just some of the highlights.

Tempeh Chili Roast - Kerala Style
Allergen Information: Dairy, egg, corn, gluten free.

Dry roast:
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
3-4 black peppercorns ( or to taste)

4 oz Tempeh chopped into small cubes.
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
a generous pinch of cardamom powder
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil or organic canola oil
1/3 cup chopped white or red onion
2-3 shallots chopped
2 green chilies slit lengthwise or to taste
1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped or paste
1 teaspoon garlic finely chopped or paste
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
scallions/green onion for garnish

Dry roast the spices under Dry-roast for 2-3 minutes on low-medium in a pan. Grind and keep
Mix everything under Marinade in a medium pan, and add the dry roasted spice mix to it. (You can let the tempeh marinate in this mix for an hour before cooking if you like.)
Cook the Tempeh, covered, on low until all the liquid is absorbed and just about dry(20+ minutes). Stir 2-3 times in between.
Meanwhile, in a medium pan, add oil and heat on medium.
Add chopped onions and shallots to the oil and cook until brown (12-15 minutes)
Add the ginger, garlic, curry leaves, green chili. Mix and cook for 2 minutes.
Add chili powder(or add this later to taste), and soy sauce.
Mix and add the Tempeh coated with the spices to this mix.
Mix well and cook until dry.(4-6 minutes).
Taste and adjust salt and spice level.
Serve sizzling hot garnished with chopped scallions.
For variations: add 1/2 cup coconut milk or 2 Tablespoons Coconut milk yogurt and water as needed, salt and bring to a boil for a curry.
Serve as a snack on plain crackers topped with any cool creamy topping.


  1. roast looks wonderful
    congrats to the winners

  2. the tempeh roast is looking so yummy.

  3. Wow thats a delicious recipe :)

  4. Ooo I like that white Board is that new?

    This recipe looks pretty fantastic Richa!

    ...just the tempeh sounds delish all on its own :)

    1. Thanks Heather! Yes it is delicious!. Give it a try.
      The white board is the oldest board:) the new one is dark blu and purple which you cant see coz of the back lighting.

  5. i have NEVER had tempeh! can you believe that? this dish looks too hard to resist! looks delicious!

    1. you should try it.. you can crumble up this mix and make a burger with some mashed veggies! yummazing! if you and dayv like spice.. then this is what you should try!

  6. When I saw it was kerala-style, I thought for sure there would be coconut in it... but there isn't!! it looks great, though, with all those spices! :)

  7. Wow, this recipe looks amazing! And I love the pictures, very beautiful!

  8. This looks so warming and delicious! I'm loving all the spice in this.

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  10. This looks totally yummy! I've been getting into trying out tempeh more often, and this would be great for that! :)

  11. Mmmm...I call smell those flavors just thinking about them. Sounds & looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Hope to see you back again next week. Have a great weekend!

    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

  12. Looks delicious. I think most of southindian curries are vegan and gluten free. So this one is nice addition. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  13. This looks amazing! I could go for a bowl right now.

  14. I keep forgetting to tell you - but my boy and I made this a few days ago (when it was still 70 degrees, not 100 like it is now). I cut the tempeh up much smaller and marinated it overnight, and HOLY SMOKES - it was so juicy and flavorful and delicious. A+ recipe, woman. You blow my mind!

    1. Thank you for trying it out and i am so glad you loved it! Hope it wasnt too spicy:) a big Smile on my face!


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