TOFU AND PEAS MASALA





TOFU AND PEAS MASALA
This recipe was on my mind for long ever since I started cooking with tofu. It came out pretty good. Here I have fried the tofu a little bit to get that crispy brown color on tofu. The tofu can be added as such too. The same gravy can be used for paneer butter also.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Extra-firm or firm tofu, 1 small box.
2. Fresh or frozen green peas, 1 cup.
3. Medium-sized onions, 2.
4. Tomatoes, 2. Canned tomatoes works best too. If canned tomatoes are used, 1 cup is required.
5. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
6. Almonds or cashews, around 8-10 pieces.
7. Red chilies, 3-4.
8. Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon.
9. Cardamom seeds, 2.
10. Fennel seeds, ½ teaspoon.
11. Cinnamon, 1 small stick.
12. Paprika powder, 2 teaspoons. (optional).
13. Salt as per taste.
14. Cilantro for garnishing.

PREPARATION:
Dice the onions and tomatoes finely and keep aside. Drain the water from the tofu and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil and place the tofu pieces on the pan leaving sufficient space between each piece. Fry the tofu under medium flame for 10 minutes, taking 5 minutes for each side. Remove the tofu from the pan and let it cool. In the same pan, add another teaspoon of oil and add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and let everything fry for a minute. Then add the red chilies and fry for a few seconds. Transfer everything to a plate and let it cool. Add the diced onions to the same pan and sauté for a few minutes until onions turn brown. Then add the tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste and keep sautéing until everything is blended. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Grind the mixture into a smooth paste along the almonds and fried spices. The spices can also be ground separately and added to the blended onion and tomato paste. Transfer all the contents into the pan, add a teaspoon of oil, 1 cup of water, paprika powder, and salt as per taste and let it cook closed for 5-10 minutes under low flame. Add the fried tofu and peas, mix everything, and cook for 2 more minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with chapathis. I am sending my recipe for Side Dish for Chapathi event hosted by Viki

46 comments:

shanthi said...

Nice and awesome recipe dear.

Shaista Tabrez said...

dish looks great...

rekhas kitchen said...

nice and healthy recipe gravy looks delicious perfect side dish for roti yum.

Vrinda said...

Gravy looks so creamy and delish,Gita..will try with tofu..

Parita said...

Tofu and Peas sounds a fantastic combination..congratulations on your award dear :)

Sarah Naveen said...

The curry looks awesome!!!

Several tips said...

Your blog is good

Padma said...

Looks very creamy and yummy Gita... love to have with chapathis/paraths.... congrats on awards and tag... it was nice to read your ABC tag :)

Nithya said...

superb combination.. tempting.. :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely yummy gravy dear....i too made a same combo long back...congrats on ur awards dear..nice to know about u

priya said...

i am gonna try this..looking very delicious, dear!!!!!

Jaishree said...

The curry looks delicious..congratulations on your award dear :)

Priya said...

Congrats on ur award Gita! tofu n peas masala looks ver rich and creamy!!!!yummyy!!!!!

Nags said...

the gravy looks delicious Gita :)

Purva Desai said...

healthy option of using Tofu instead of paneer.......yummy curry...congrats for your awards

Vani said...

Nice curry!

Chef Jeena said...

Yum this looks such a tasty curry, I love the colour and the texture and I am a big fan of green peas especially in curries.

I like to fry the tofu first too. :-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy and creamy...
looks great!

Vaishali said...

Gita, this sounds delicious-- and vegan! Can you send this in to IAVW Indian being hosted this month by Erbe in Cucina. You'll find the details on my blog. Thanks!

Uj said...

I have never tried tofu in Indian cooking.. I am still not used to its taste. I can have small portions of it though in noodles etc :D

Uma said...

lovely dish Gita! looks so delicious. Congrats on the awards. Nice tag :)

Vaishali said...

Hi Gita, sorry about adding this message to your post, but I couldn't get into your email link. I meant you could send this recipe for IAVW Indian -- Indian cuisine is this month's theme: I haven't updated the box on the right hand side of my blog (it still shows last month's theme), but here's the link to Erbe in Cucina who is hosting IAVW this month: http://www.erbeincucina.it/288.html

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....that's an drool worthy recipe.....looks spicy and yum...Congrats on the award and nice to know more about u.

Pavithra said...

Wow that nice and awesome rich curry.. perfect sidedish.

Pari said...

Great curry, looks divine and is making me feel hungry.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very nice,nice entry for the event too!

Valarmathi said...

NIce combo, looks creamy and yummy.

En Samaiyal said...

Tofu & peas sounds diff combo...very nice...same pinch for Marriage date ....bcoz our marriage date is also Feb 4th..
Pls collect ur awards from my blog dear...

Chitra said...

Looks nice.perfect entry for the event :) healthy !!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Tofu and peas masal along with that wheat naan seems so healthy da. Thanks for sending this to the event.
Tagged QA part is great.

Abhilash Pillai said...

peas masala looks perfect...

Cham said...

Delicious and looks perfect with naan!

Yasmeen said...

Very tasty masala curry,not to mention healthy too :)

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi gita,
tofu masala...i hv tried only tofu burji...i will try urs:)

n33ma said...

Healthy tofu recipe.Nice click too.
Good to know more abt u,I'm aquarian too.

Ashwini said...

colorful recipe..

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your beautiful presentation and mouth watering picture of tofu and peas masala. It looks yummy and delicious and I shall try out your lovely recipe.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Raaga said...

the gravy looks so yummy!

Sireesha said...

Fabulous and awesome recipe dear:)

Suma Rajesh said...

dish looks soo good..nice reading about u..

Varunavi said...

Nice and rich looking gravy :)

Shri said...

Loved your Quote!Nice Meme:)The curry looks delicious:)

Astra Libris said...

Oh my, such a beautiful recipe! I love the colors - your photos are gorgeous!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Pls accept my gift dear:)

Arti agarwal said...

nice recipie

Suparna said...

hey Gita,
The tofu recipe is to die for, it makes a great combo with naan.
Love the presentation. My mouth is watering Gita...the dish looks so rich and creamy ;)
Congratulatons on ur award and the tag and ABC's were a nice read about u dear :)
Keep rocking :)
TC