Tofu Masala

A couple of weeks ago, my friend gave me garam masala and tumeric when we made samosas. Since then, I have gone a little wild using these spices. I really like Indian dishes and hope someday I can perfect what I order in restaurants. I made tofu masala with what I had at home- I’m sure there are much better recipes out there but this one is pretty good!

Tofu Masala

  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup soy milk or coconut milk
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (1 jalapeno if you have it!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Remove tofu from package. Cut into 4 blocks and wrap in paper towels. You want to remove as much moisture as possible. They should stay wrapped for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-low in a frying pan. Cook tofu until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, saute onions, ginger, and garlic in olive oil. When onions are translucent, add tomatoes and spices. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. If the pan is too shallow, transfer to a bowl. With an emulsion blender (or a food processor), puree tomatoes and onions. Slowly add milk. The consistency should be creamy with very few lumps.
  5. Return to saucepan, add chickpeas and tofu. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over basmati rice, couscous, or with naan.

Note: I gave a low estimate of how much garam masala you will need. I add A LOT of it because it’s my favorite.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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