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Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer

This is a version of traditional Indian food palak paneer, which is a creamy spinach curry (palak) made with traditional Indian cheese (paneer). But instead of using cheese, I decided to prepare it with tofu. As spinach is rich in iron and calcium, I'd say this dish is the most delicious way of getting your iron boost for the winter.

Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer


Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
YIELDS2 servings
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  • 200g firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 handful spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • to taste cayenne
  • to taste salt, black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 200g firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 handful spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • to taste cayenne
  • to taste salt, black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
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Directions

1. In a pan heat the oil on medium heat. Chop up the tofu and add to the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add cumin and curry powder and mix to coat. Continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, partially covered on low-medium heat.
2. Meanwhile, wash the spinach and add it with garlic, tomato, water, coconut milk, maple syrup, cayenne, salt, pepper to a blender.Blend into a smooth puree.
3. Add the puree to the tofu and combine well. Add garam masala to taste. Cook covered on low-medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the raw garlic smell is not detectable and desired sauce consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust salt and spices.

Serve it with Indian naan bread, roti or other kind of flat breads or with rice.

Also by Imola: Vegan Cream of Celery & Mushroom Soup
Vegan Tofu Bowl With Spicy Peanut Sauce
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