Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vegan MoFo #5: Matar Tofu

I never tried Indian food until I went vegetarian. I was missing out. I know a lot of people who have never tried it. Again - missing out! This is a very easy curry recipe and if you have never made Indian food at home this is good place to start.  This is also very mild so if you like it spicy you can add more cayenne.

This comes from the wonderful World Vegetarian Classics by Celia Brooks Brown. If you are interested in exploring the many diverse cuisines of this planet then this is a good book to start your journey. There is a lot of great cultural information and the recipes generally are adapted to use ingredients you can easily find here at home.
This dish is traditionally made with cubed paneer, an Indian cheese that retains its shape even when fried. Tofu is the perfect vegan substitute.

Matar Tofu
Adapted from World Vegetarian Classics

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound extra firm tofu, cubed
1 medium onion, diced small
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 cup coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
Pinch of cayenne, or more to taste
2 cups tomatoes, diced small
2 cups frozen peas
Cilantro, for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cubed tofu and fry until most sides are browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium and sauté onions until softened. Add garlic and ginger and stir for 1 minute. Add a splash of the coconut milk, spices, and salt. Stir for one minute. Add the remaining coconut milk and tomatoes. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the peas and fried tofu. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve over rice, garnished with the cilantro.


  1. I love this cookbook and am excited to see someone else blogging about it. I haven't tried any of the Indian recipes in WVC as I have heaps of other Indian cookbooks but your post has made me want to try this. You must try the Ethiopian recipes in WVC if you haven't done so already - they are awesome!

  2. 'Matar Tofu' has been on my list of things-to-do for a while now! And this is the perfect impetus. The perfect meal for weeknight. I will look for this book when I go to the library next time!

  3. I love indian food when done well - once I gave us just using curry powder I realised how good curries could be - this looks delicious

  4. @ Mel
    I am glad to see someone else appreciates this book. I like Ethiopian food too but I have not tried the recipes in this book. I will have to do that!

  5. The first time I tried Indian food, I hated it. Looking back, I seriously don't know what the hell was wrong with me. This looks really tasty!

  6. you and me both with never trying indian food until go'n veggie. i love making indian eats at home because they're so easy to make and pretty inexpensive to create, too! your matar tofy looks awesome!!!

  7. @ Jessy
    Yep, going veg really opened up a whole world of food for me. One of the many perks!