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This vegan Paneer Tikka Masala recipe is full of flavor. Tikka masala is a popular North Indian entrée that is usually served with naan and basmati rice. The most popular kind of tikka masala is chicken tikka masala, so much so it is the national dish of Britain. Vegans, you don’t have to feel left behind, here’s an equally tasty, healthy, and authentic tofu tikka masala for you, I promise you won’t miss the chicken. Paneer is Indian cottage cheese that doesn’t melt at high temperatures and extra firm tofu replaces paneer beautifully in this vegan Paneer Tikka Masala recipe. Don’t get intimidated by the list of spices, the beauty, and flavor of authentic Indian food is in the variety of fragrant spices. Also here’s a tip for beginners, buy the spices from the bulk section of your local grocery stores. Some of them even carry organic spices in bulk, it’s cheaper, fresher, and is not going to clutter your pantry. Enjoy this Tofu tikka masala with a side of naan and fragrant basmati rice, make sure to stock on enough Malbec to wash it all down.

Paneer Tikka Masala [Vegan]

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Ingredients You Need for Paneer Tikka Masala [Vegan]

For the Curry:
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek (kasoorimethi)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 1-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 green cardamom pods

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup plain soy yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

How to Prepare Paneer Tikka Masala [Vegan]

  1. Combine all the ingredients listed under marinade in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add cubed tofu and green bell peppers and coat well with the marinade. Leave this at room temperature for about an hour. You can also make this ahead and refrigerate it for up to 8 hours.
  3. Place the marinated tofu and green bell peppers on a foil-lined baking tray and broil for 5minutes or until the edges start turning a little black. The yogurt will keep the tofu moist.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and when oil is hot, add all the whole spices and powdered spices and cook for 5 minutes or until a nice aroma fills the kitchen. The spices may burn easily, so keep a close watch.
  5. Add onions and cook till they turn soft.
  6. Add ginger and garlic, cook for a minute.
  7. Add red bell peppers and cook till they turn soft.
  8. Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  9. Blend the contents of the pan until smooth and transfer it back to the pan.
  10. Add a cup of water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water depending on your preferred consistency.
  11. Add salt and broiled tofu/green pepper cubes and mix well.
  12. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro leaves.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 870 | Total Carbs: 56g | Total Fat: 54g | Total Protein: 50g | Total Sodium: 116g | Total Sugar: 17g

Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Actually, tikka masala is NOT an authentic North Indian dish at all! It was invented by a British chef of Pakistani origin, in Great Britain, many years ago.

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