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Tofu Tawa Masala
Tofu Tawa Masala Recipe
I love paneer & I love tofu equally since the latter is more healthy I end up picking tofu often than paneer. You can use tofu to make curries skipping paneer if you are diet concious. Nevertheless they both taste amazing. Unlike me, my husband was never a paneer person and of all the changes marriage does bring, food is a key factor that has changed us a lot. Now he loves paneer so much that he is finding it hard to eat tofu. That said I tried this Tawa Malasa as a virtual treat recipe from my dear friend +nalini suresh blog ( I was sure that my picky husband would definitely love this curry without any fuss and I was right ;-). A group of us blogger friends planned to surprise our dear friend Nalini with a virtual birthday treat, by trying one of her recipes and posting it in our blogs. I was a little late in the celebration but glad I did this curry. Nalini we both totally enjoyed this Tawa tofu masala and hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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Recipe Source - Nalini

Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Serving suggestion - with chapati, paratha, romali roti


To Marinate

Thick Curd - 3 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Turemric powder - 1/3 tsp
Salt - to taste

Oil - 2 tbsp
Paneer/ Tofu - 150 gms, cubed
Onion - 1 large, chopped fine
Tomato - 2 large pureed
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Cream - 2-3 tbsp/ replace with curd for less fatty alternative
Green chilis- 2 chopped fine (adjust according to heat tolerance)


1. Press the tofu on a kitchen towel to remove excess water. Cut into small cubes and in a bowl combine curd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and add the tofu to them set aside for  10-15 minutes

2. In a wide pan heat 1 tbsp of oil and fry the tofu pieces in batches until the sides are cooked for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the same for the remaining tofu. In the same pan with the left over oil add chopped onions and green chillis add 1 tsp of salt and fry until translucent.

3. Once the onions are well fried add the masala powders - red chilli, kashmiri red chilli, corriander, jeera and stir well. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes until the raw smell goes. Now add puréed tomato and mix well. Let it cook for 2 more minutes until well cooked

4. Now add the fried tofu to the masala and mix well until well coated. Now add 1  cup water and bring to a boil. Now add garam masala and mix well. After a minute add the cream and mix well let it simmer in low flame for a minute switch off and serve garnishing with kastoori methi/ coriander leaves

Cooks Wisdom

Tip 1

1. You can skip tofu and make the same curry with paneer

Tip 2

2. Make sure to remove excess water from the tofu by using a kitchen towel else the tofu will crumble easily

Tip 3

3. You can add kastoori methi leaves (dried) to the curd marinate for more flavour. I did not do this since my husband does not like died methi leaves

Tip 4

4. You can use left over curd marinate to thicken the curry instead of cream if you are diet concious

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  1. That is a Super tasty Tofu Tawa masala with awesome pictures.

  2. Beautifully done
    dear...Awesome pics too :)

  3. would love to try this with naan or kulcha da.. such a yummy preparation..

  4. Yummy masala pri;)am drooling with pics

  5. awesome..nice step wise picture...yummy...

  6. looks super tempting and healthy way dear... Love the attractive color and well goes with paratha...

  7. Fingerlicking good tofu masala, stunning pics dear.

  8. beautiful curry dee..the pics look great too
    tofu is a great source of alternative for paneer

  9. delicious and tempting tawa masala..have tried a vegan version with Tofu :)
    your pics looks simply inviting...perfect with Naan or rotis!

  10. delicious tofu curry n wonderful treat for her!!!

  11. Nice way to prepare tofu,curry looks so yummy

  12. Super tempting masala Priya...

  13. I find it hard to take tofu initially suddenly changes happen... and loved this recipe

  14. Delicious and lovely looking tofu tawa masala recipe.

  15. That looks so delicious .... i could have a serve of it right away with some hot phulkas...yumm

  16. Super delicious sis, very beautifully explained....

  17. I'm yet to try anything with TOFU as the first time we tried no one liked its flavor. Looks absolutely lip smacking.

  18. yummy dear... love the gravy... love the BG...


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