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Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala

Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala is a Healthy Indian Meal cooked with aromatic spices & flavors. Tofu is substituted for paneer to make it nutritious for vegetarians.



  • First we need to remove the excess water from tofu. Many use this tofu press to do that. I just wrapped it in a paper towel and placed a heavy utensil over it to create the pressure. Leave it for few minutes. Once the tofu is dry, take it out. Then cut the it into small cubes. Now comes the fun part. Add these tofu cubes to a ziplock bag along with turmeric powder, garam masala, dhania jeera powder, paprika, vegan yogurt and salt. Shake the bag so that the masala coats the tofu well.
  • Keep the ziplock in the fridge for atleast 30 mins. Meanwhile prepare the gravy. Melt butter in a pan, temper cumin seeds. Then add the chopped ginger, garlic and onion. Saute till the onion turns translucent. Then add curry powder, sugar, chilli powder, tomatoes and salt. Give a good mix and cook it till the tomatoes turn soft. Take it off the flame and let it cool down.
  • Now take out the tofu from the fridge. Melt butter in a pan and toss in the marinated tofu. Roast it evenly and then take it off the pan. Now grind the onion tomato mixture to a smooth paste. Add it back to the same pan that you made the mixture before. Throw in a bay leaf, cinnamon stick, salt and water as required. Cook it till it comes to a boil. Simmer and cook for another 2 minutes. Add vegan yogurt and fried tofu. Lightly give it a mix.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and a slice of butter. Serve it with steamed rice/bread.


Use regular yogurt if you want to make it non vegan.
Tone down the spices if you want to make the curry mild.