Palak Tofu – Spinach Tofu Curry

    Palak Tofu

    I am not a Tofu fan, in fact I am far from being one. I was kind of repulsed by it in the beginning but now I have warmed up enough to be sharing a recipe on my blog! When I first tasted tofu in India years back, I thought I am never going to eat this again and that’s actually very rare with me. I am the most non-picky eater you will ever find, I can eat anything and everything as long as it’s vegetarian. So me not liking something is a big surprise! But me being me, I had to give tofu another try after I moved to US and it was then that I realized that tofu is not bad. Definitely I don’t love it still but I can eat it once in a while easily. The only tofu that I like is the extra-firm variety and that’s the only one I eat.

    Palak Paneer or spinach with Indian cottage cheese (paneer) is a very popular Indian recipe, one that you find on the menu card of every Indian restaurant and this Palak Tofu recipe is exactly the same, the only difference is that I have swapped the paneer with tofu.

    Spinach Tofu Curry

    I have made this vegan by adding coconut milk but regular milk would work just fine. Traditionally though when palak paneer is made, people add cream to it but my version with tofu is healthier and hence there’s no cream, only milk. You can definitely add cream to bring in that richness and creaminess to your curry.

    To make this curry, spinach leaves are first cooked with tomatoes, garlic, ginger and spices and then grind to a fine paste. Tofu is roasted for few minutes on a pan and then added to the spinach curry. This is your healthy, wholesome dinner and you cannot go wrong with this. I had mine with brown rice and it made for a very filling meal. You can eat it with any Indian bread or with rice, quinoa etc.

     

    Method

    Wash spinach leaves thoroughly. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat and add spinach leaves to it in parts.

    Cook the spinach till it’s wilted, around 1 minute.

    Repeat the same process till all spinach leaves are done. Set aside.

    Tofu Palak-Recipe-Step-1In another pan, heat 1.5 teaspoon of oil on medium heat. Once hot, add roughly chopped ginger & garlic to it and saute till raw smell goes away.

    Add cubed tomatoes next and mix.

    Cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy, around 3-4 minutes.

    Tofu Palak-Recipe-Step-2Add the spinach leaves and also add cumin powder, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala.

    Cook the spinach and tomato with the spices for 2 minutes.

    Remove from heat, let it cool down a bit and then transfer mixture to a blender. Add 1/4 cup of coconut milk or milk and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.

    Tofu Palak-Recipe-Step-3In a pan heat 2 teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add cubed tofu and sprinkle paprika, salt, pepper and red chilli flakes.

    Saute for 5-6 minutes till tofu is light golden brown in color. Set aside.

    Take the same pan in which you had cooked the tomato and spinach and add the spinach puree to it on medium heat. Add additional 1/4 cup of coconut milk or milk and mix.

    Tofu Palak-Recipe-Step-4Add the sauteed tofu to the spinach curry.

    Mix well andย also add water at this step [if required] to adjust the consistency of curry to preference. Add sugar/honey [if using] and mix.

    Cover and let the curry simmer for 10ย minutes on medium-low heat.

    Tofu Palak-Recipe-Step-5

    Serve hot with Indian bread or rice! Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice (optional) before serving.

    Spinach Tofu Indian Curry

    * Use coconut milk in place of milk for a vegan recipe.

    * Use heavy cream in place of milk for a creamier curry.

    Palak Tofu

    Pan-fried tofu cooked in a spicy spinach curry.
    Cuisine Indian
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 169 kcal
    Author: Manali
    4.88 from 8 votes
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    Ingredients

    Tofu

    • 6 oz extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
    • 2 teaspoons oil
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
    • salt, to taste

    Spinach Curry

    • 1 lb baby spinach
    • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
    • 3-4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 1 inch ginger, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, to sprinkle
    • 1/8 teaspoon red chili powder, or to taste
    • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk, or substitute with milk or heavy cream
    • 2.5 teaspoons oil
    • salt, to taste
    • 1-2 teaspoon sugar or honey, optional
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional

    Instructions

    Tofu

    1. In a pan heat 2 teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add cubed tofu and sprinkle paprika, salt, pepper and red chilli flakes.
    2. Saute for 5-6 minutes till tofu is light golden brown in color. Set aside.

    Spinach Curry

    1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil and cook the baby spinach till it's completely wilted. Set aside.
    2. In another pan, heat 1.5 teaspoon of oil on medium heat. Once hot, add roughly chopped ginger & garlic to it and saute till raw smell goes away.
    3. Add cubed tomatoes next and cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy, around 3-4 minutes.
    4. Add the wilted spinach leaves and also add cumin powder, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala.
    5. Cook the spinach and tomato with the spices for 2 minutes.
    6. Remove from heat, let it cool down a bit and then transfer mixture to a blender.
    7. Add 1/4 cup of milk/coconut milk and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
    8. Take the same pan in which you had cooked the tomato and spinach and add the spinach puree to it on medium heat. Add additional 1/4 cup milk/coconut milk and mix.
    9. Add the sauteed tofu to the spinach curry.
    10. Mix well and also add water at this step [if required] to adjust the consistency of curry to preference.
    11. Add sugar/honey [if using] and mix.
    12. Cover and let the curry simmer for 10 minutes on medium-low heat.
    13. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice (optional) and serve hot with Indian bread or rice!
    Nutrition Facts
    Palak Tofu
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 169 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 12g 18%
    Saturated Fat 5g 25%
    Sodium 126mg 5%
    Potassium 915mg 26%
    Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 7g 14%
    Vitamin A 224.3%
    Vitamin C 50.6%
    Calcium 14.4%
    Iron 27.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    33 thoughts on “Palak Tofu – Spinach Tofu Curry

    1. I made this tonight and I am in love!! I did add some chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken b/c I wasn’t sure how my hubby would feel about if the whole thing was tofu but honestly I could do it with all tofu, and I normally don’t care for it much. I am so bummed I didn’t make a double batch but I will be making more very soon! Thank you for this great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I am so glad you posted this recipe. So So SOOOO Glad! Before my vegan days I used to always order palak paneer at Indian restaurants. Lately I’ve been having some major cravings for it so I will need to try this out. I’m soooo excited for this recipe right now ๐Ÿ˜€ Just wrote down all the ingredients so I can make it tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    3. I made this today. It’s so amazingly flavorful! My only substitution is that I used a bag of frozen spinach. It’s great that the ingredients are things I have on hand, yet they combine into a flavor that makes my taste buds tingle. Thanks!

    4. Fabulous recipe. Will definitely make it again. I actually used kale in place of the spinach and it worked well. Thankyou.

    5. Omg omg omg this is the most delicious thing Iโ€™ve ever had the pleasure of making!
      My hubby helped by tending the tofu fry while I made the sauce, so it was a joint effort. I didnโ€™t want to save the other half pound of tofu so I put it in the air fryer with some oil spray and seasoning. (Short cut!)and added it to the sauce, with the expertly seasoned and fried portion my hubby made. This was seriously so amazing, I canโ€™t wait to have a dinner party and serve it to my friends! For the sauce I used a box of frozen chopped spinach plus a 5 oz bag of fresh. The seasoning!!! To die for! Seriously a great recipe.

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