The holidays are over and winter is here to stay for the next few months. January is not an exciting time for produce in Chicago. I tend to make things from pantry ingredients more: soup, curry, casseroles. I also roast a lot of vegetables this time of year. Indian food is great for a quick weeknight dinner on cold nights. It’s spicy, tasty, filling, and easy to make. Matar paneer is a classic North Indian, tomato based curry made with peas and paneer – homemade dairy cheese. I grew up loving this dish but found that tofu is the perfect vegan substitute for the homemade paneer cheese. The tofu adds a lot of protein to this healthy meal. I use organic frozen peas which are delicious and don’t even need to be thawed out prior to making this dish. This is a simple recipe that really requires only one pot. Jasmine rice or Naan bread are the perfect accompaniment for this dish. I’ve recently discovered Trader Joe’s frozen Naan bread which is delicious and very authentic tasting. If you like really firm tofu, I recommend using high protein tofu or baking cubed, extra firm tofu in the oven at 420F for about 20 minutes on a baking sheet. You can toss it in canola oil or coconut oil and about a 1/4 tsp of salt before baking. This dish tends to get more flavorful with time. I like to make it one day prior to serving so that the spices can get absorbed by the tofu and settle into the sauce. It also makes an excellent, high protein desk lunch! If you make Matar Tofu make sure to take a picture and tag @thefriendlyepicurean on Facebook and Instagram or pin the recipe on Pinterest!
- 16 oz extra firm tofu, drained of excess moisture and cubed into 1 inch pieces
- 1, 16oz bag frozen peas
- 1, 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 green chili pepper, minced
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbs fresh chopped cilantro
- 1.5 tbs canola oil
- Jasmine rice or Naan bread to serve
DirectionsHeat oil on medium heat in a large sauce pan. Add onions and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and turmeric and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add ginger and chili pepper and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and reduce heat. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add green peas, tofu, garam masala, and salt and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in coconut cream and simmer for 5 more minutes. Top with fresh cilantro and serve while hot. Serve with Jasmine rice or Naan bread. May store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
16 thoughts on “Matar Tofu”
This looks so delicious! I am definitely going to try it sometime this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
You’re welcome! I hope you love it Katie!
This looks so good, yammy ❤️ Thanks for sharing
Thank you so much!
Mmmm, that coconut cream really adds richness to this dish. Great photos!! Curries and stews are tough to shoot 🙂
Thank you so much Melanie! I took a food photography class which has really helped!
Have you tried any online photography courses?
I haven’t yet! My friend is taking some and really likes doing it online.
I am shopping for a course to take over the summer. Let me know if you have a recommendation 🙂
I will! Let me check with my friend!
Looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it!
Thank you!!! 😊
It looks scrumptious.. 👌👌
Thank you so much!