Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Muttar Tofu (Peas and Tofu subzi)

I had a pack of extra firm tofu in my refrigerator which would expire in a couple of days. I had bought it to make a side dish with bell peppers and tomato sauce, but never got to it. I couldn't make that dish since I was out of bell peppers and had no intention to drive to the grocery store and get it. Then I thought of 'Muttar Paneer' and I am not a very big fan of paneer. I always try to use something else in its place and tofu is perfect substitute for paneer. Here is my take on Muttar Tofu or Peas and Tofu subzi..

  • Two cups of frozen peas thawed and microwaved for about 3 minutes. (You can use soaked and cooked dry green peas too)
  • Large red onions quartered - 2
  • Green chillies - 5 or more as per taste
  • Garlic - 2 pods
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
  • Cashew nuts - 3 TBSP.
  • Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch stick
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves - 5
  • Tomato paste - 1 1/2 cups (I used the can. If you want to blanch and make puree from tomatoes, use about 4 medium or 3 large tomatoes)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Chilli powder - optional if needed about 1/4 tsp
  • Oil - 4 TBSP divided use.
  • Extra firm tofu - 1 box drained on paper towel for an hour and cubed.
  • Cilantro - chopped finely about 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - a big pinch
  • Sugar - 3 tsp (optional)

Take onions, green chillies, garlic,ginger, cashew nuts, cloves, cinnamon, coriander powder, cumin powder in a blender and blend to a paste without adding any water. In a pan, heat 2 TBSP of oil. When hot, add cumin and when the splutter, add the ground paste. Cook till the raw smell goes away for about 8 - 10 minutes. Keep stirring else it will stick to the pan and burn. Add turmeric and a little bit salt and stir well. When it is done, add the microwaved peas and stir well. Add tomato paste and thin it down with some water as per desired consistency. (I added about a cup of water). Let it boil and add red chilli powder if more heat is needed. Meanwhile, in an iron skillet, heat 2 TBSP of oil and saute cubed tofu in them till they get golden on all the sides. You don't want to keep stirring here. Just keep it on medium heat and turn just couple of times. I browned them in batches. Add these tofu cubes and stir well. Adjust the seasonings. Add sugar if using and mix and turn off the heat. Serve with roti, naan or simple rice.

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  1. That looks so delicious dear....looks just like muttar paneer..very tempting and mouthwatering.

  2. It looks just like mutter paneer.Nice recipe.

  3. Nice side dish... perfect with rotis.

  4. Looks like muttar paneer, nice substitution..

  5. Is there a difference between tomato pAste and puree

  6. Anonymous,
    Paste is a lot thicker than puree. All the water will have been evaporated in a paste. You could use either of that and adjust the water accordingly. Thanks for visiting.


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