Tofu Tikka Masala
Yields: 6 servings
-16 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
-4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
-Salt and black pepper
-1 yellow onion, diced
-6 ounces tomato paste
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon ground ginger
-2 teaspoons ground turmeric
-1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
-1 teaspoon ground coriander
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-Pinch of cayenne
-Salt and black pepper, to taste
-28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes
-1 cup frozen peas
-1/2 cup coconut milk
-Chopped cilantro, for garnish
1.) Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes or until crispy on the outside and slightly browned, turning tofu at least once so they brown on all sides. Set aside.
2.) Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, heat the remaining olive oil. Add the onion, tomato paste, and garlic to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until the tomato paste has darkened and the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add the spices to the pot and cook, stirring constantly, until the bottom of the pot begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
3.) Add the tomatoes with their juices, crushing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. (You can continue to crush the tomatoes gradually as the sauce cooks - the goal is to not have huge chunks of tomato in the sauce at the end). Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring frequently and scraping up any brown bits. Cook until sauce thickens, about 8 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook until warmed through, about 2-3 minutes.
4.) Add in the coconut milk and tofu. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with Basmati rice and warm naan. (We also served ours with Trader Joe's Mango-Ginger Chutney - not necessary, but definitely delicious!).
*Side note: I almost never measure my spices, but I included measurements above to give you an idea of how much I put in of each. Just taste along the way to make sure the sauce is flavorful and fragrant to your liking.
This dish makes a cozy, comforting meal on a chilly night, without being full of guilt. So make yourself a big bowl and dig the heck in!
Do you also always spill on yourself when you wear white? Or am I just that clumsy?