Tofu Paneer Masala


Tofu Paneer Masala

Tofu Paneer Masala

I did it. I veganized Paneer Masala. And it’s LIT!

I must inform you though. This recipe, although not difficult by any stretch of the imagination, takes quite a while to prepare.

The ingredient list is really manageable. Couple of classical Indian spices, cashews (for the creaminess), cinnamon + cardamom + clove for aroma and flavor.

Tofu Paneer Masala

If you’re into Indian food (or if you’re fan of paneer masala…or if you always wanted to prepare Indian food yourself), you gotta give this a try. It’s SO worth it! 🙂

Let’s do this!

Tofu Paneer Masala
5 from 2 votes

Tofu Paneer Masala

Delicious Tofu Paneer Masala

Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Keyword indian, paneer, tofu, vegan indian recipe, vegan paneer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 513 kcal
Author Veganbell





  1. In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients. Mix well and coat the tofu well. Transfer it to a baking sheet and bake at 200 C (400 F) for 20 minutes. Set aside.
  2. To prepare masala, heat a pan over low-medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once it's hot, add ginger and garlic and stir + saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add onion and chili and stir + saute for 1 minute or until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add tomatoes, cashews and mix well. Add 1/4 cup water, cover the lid, and cook for 8 minutes over low-medium heat. Once it's done cooking, transfer everything to a blender and blend until creamy. Set aside.
  5. In the same pan (same low-medium heat settings), add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once it's hot, add bay leaf, cardamoms, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Stir well and saute for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  6. Then add the tomato mixture and mix well.
  7. Add turmeric, chili powder, cumin, coriander and salt.  Mix well, close the lid, and cook over low-medium heat for 3 minutes.
  8. Open the lid, add 1/4 cup water, and give it a stir. 
  9. Add green peas, baked tofu and mix well. 
  10. Finally, close the lid, and let it cook for 3 minutes over low-medium heat. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve with rice, roti, or naan. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Tofu Paneer Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 401mg17%
Potassium 905mg26%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2524IU50%
Vitamin C 57mg69%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe is inspired by fav blogger Vegan Richa’s Tofu Butter Masala.

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out this Vegan Butter Chicken I posted earlier!

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