Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Palak Tofu

Just like avocado, the huss has an aversion for tofu. Paneer is welcome in his book but tofu is a strict no-no for him. But I buy it occasionally as in once a month because I like to include it in our diet atleast once a month for the sake of pappu. While I am still experimenting with tofu recipes, I have decided to give the basics a try first, like this palak tofu, tofu masala, kadai tofu etc.

Making palak paneer or palak tofu is a breeze. Blanch, grind and simmer ~ and the sauce is ready to go. And its a healthy way to use all your greens. Spinach is widely used but you can experiment with different greens like baby kale or baby collards. This makes a perfect side dish for chapathis and even better ~ jeera rice. You can add cream at the end to make it more rich or you can replace the milk with cream to give at even more richer taste and use butter or ghee to give at a restaurant style makeover.

~*What U Need*~
Tofu - 10 oz, cubed, extra firm
Salt - a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp

For the sauce/ curry:
Spinach - 2 cups, washed
Water - 1/4 cup (I used the water that I blached the spinach in)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Almonds - a handful, soaked in warm water for 10 mins
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 1
Tomato - 1
Onion - 1, small, chopped
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp

How I Made it:
In a pan, heat oil to medium heat. Add the chopped tofu and saute for 2 mins. Add the spice powders and salt and toss to coat. Cook for 8-10 mins. Meanwhile, boil water in a large pan, put the spinach and blanch for 2 mins. Remove and let cool. Add this to the blender with the water, milk, almonds, ginger garlic paste and blend well. Heat oil in a pan and add 1 tsp cumin seeds and allow to sizzle, add onions and fry till brown. Add the spinach puree and bring it to a boil, add the sauteed tofu and mix gently. Add garam masala and cook in medium heat for 10-15 mins. Taste and season as desired. Add 2 tbsp cream and remove from flame.

Serve hot with Naan or chapathis.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. I have found people hardly notice it's not paneer when tofu is used like this!

  2. Wow ,a healthy paneer dish,with greens too,superb

  3. Fingerlicking palak tofu, who can resist to this mouthwatering dish.

  4. Creamy and helathu Gravy:-)

  5. nice and healthy combo..Lovely presentation Vimi

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