Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala
Classic Indian spices add tons of flavor to pan-seared tofu in this vegan dish. In place of the cream and butter used in many Indian dishes, this version uses flavorful sesame oil and coconut milk.
Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala Ingredients:
1 12-ounce package of extra firm tofu
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
½ red onion, finely diced
¼ cup fresh ginger, grated
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoons cumin
1 ½ teaspoons paprika
1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon turmeric
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated if possible
¼ teaspoon cayenne (more or less, to taste)
2 cans diced tomatoes
½ cup full fat coconut milk
Cilantro, to garnish
½ large head cauliflower
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala
Classic Indian spices add tons of flavor to pan seared tofu in this vegan dish. In place of the cream and butter used in many Indian dishes, this version uses flavorful sesame oil and coconut milk.
Prepare tofu by draining excess liquid, and then wrapping in several paper towels, placing on a plate, and putting a heavy plate on top to press even more moisture out. This can also be done using a tofu press. Leave for at least 10 minutes to allow water to drain out.
In a skillet over medium heat, add sesame oil, and cubed tofu pieces. Season lightly with sea salt and pepper.
Gently flip the tofu and allow to brown. Remove from pan.
In the remaining sesame oil, add chopped onions, garlic and grated ginger. Saute for about 5 minutes until onions are transluscent.
Add all spices to the pan, and mix into the onion and ginger mixture.
Add diced tomatoes to a blender and pulse until the tomatoes are mixed into a puree, but not completely smooth. This step is optional. You can use the diced tomatoes straight out of the pan and it’s still delicious.
Pour the tomatoes into the pan, and stir to combine. Add the tofu in, and reduce heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the coconut milk, bring back to a low boil, and then remove from heat. Taste, and season with cayenne and sea salt.
To prepare the cauliflower rice, chop the cauliflower roughly, and then place in a food processor bowl. Don’t overfill the food processor, or the cauliflower won’t evenly chop. It’s better to do this in 2-3 batches.
Process the cauliflower until it’s broken into pieces about the size of grians of rice. Do not overprocess or the “rice” will be mushy.
Over high heat, add sesame oil, and cauliflower “rice.” Saute quickly for 3-4 minutes until the cauliflower is hot. Season with sea salt and pepper, and remove from heat.
Serve the Tofu Tikka Masala over caulfilower rice, with lots of fresh chopped cilantro on top.
Nutrition for 1 out of 4 servings:
13g Protein | 24g Carbs | 19g Fat | 8g Fiber | 313 Calories