Tofu no Butter Masala, pan fried tofu cooked in a onion tomato cashew based curry and spices. Perfect vegan meal to enjoy with any flat bread or rice.
Tofu no butter masala, is my healthy take on the popular Indian curry paneer butter masala. Paneer is the Indian cheese, I replaced the paneer with tofu and skipped the butter and the cream in the curry.
North Indian curry’s are popular for their creamy base, we get that from cashew cream. Making cashew cream is very easy at home, just soak cashew in warm water for 15 minutes and blend it until smooth.
In addition to the tofu no paneer butter masala, I have some more side gravy’s in the blog. Do check out my Paneer butter masala , paneer mushroom masala, tofu masala curry , matar palak tofu.
Tofu No Butter Masala Recipe:
Extra firm Tofu- 10 oz/280 gms (Cut to cube size pieces)
Green bell pepper- 1 thinly sliced (for that extra dose of veggies)
Medium onion- 1 thinly sliced
Red juicy tomato- 2 chopped
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Tomato paste – 1 tsp
Bay leaf -2
Cinnamon stick -1
Powdered Coriander leaves – 1 tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder- ¼th tsp
Red chilly powder – ½ tsp or to taste
A generous pinch of Kasoori methi
Cashew cream- ½ cup
Water for the gravy ( about 1 to 1.5 cups)
Lemon juice to taste
Salt to taste
- Oil – 3 tbsps ( 1 tbsps to fry tofu & 2 tbsps for the curry)
Sugar – ¼th tsp (optional)
Pat the tofu dry with few paper towels to remove excess moisture. Cut to cube size pieces and pan fry them till light brown. Add some salt and chilly powder towards the end. Set a side.
In a wide skillet add the oil, followed by bay leaves, cloves, Cinnamon. Fry for few seconds. Add the onion bell pepper, turmeric powder and some salt. Fry till onion turn translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste. Fry for few seconds. Now add the coriander powder, garam masala and red chilly powder. Fry for few seconds.
Add the tomato. Cook till they turn soft. Now add the tomato paste and mix.
Add the bell pepper and saute for two minutes.
Now add the cashew cream, salt and water. Bring it to a boil and add in the pan fried tofu.
Let the curry simmer for ten minutes in a low flame.
Finally add the kasoori methi, lemon juice,sugar and coriander leaves.Give one final mix and turn off the heat.
Let stay for few minutes before serving.
Serve Tofu no butter masala with Naan!
Looking delicious…Need to try this… spices
this looks so healthy
Wow..protein rich with no butter,I bet its every diet lovers favourite.
Sounds and looks so yummilicious dear!! Awesome
That looks super awesome!!
Masala looks so delicious…I think your slight changes are good for the recipe as it is with low calories….Good healthy treat for Valentine’s Day!
Thanks a lot for linking with the event…
Lovely and healthy add on of tofu.
Really good recipe for calorie conscious people.
Such a tempting clicks and recipe.
Need to try this… U have nice space…. Drop at mine when u get time
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healthy and yummy.liked d name of d recipe…’NO’ butter
Haha… No butter! Thanks Maha!
yummy and tempting:)
Do try it Ramya!
Healthy masala for chapathis
The name looks very attractive madhu:) will try this
Thanks Siree..! do try it…
Looks delicious…drooling here.