Tofu Paneer Masala


Tofu Paneer Masala

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

I must warn you though. This recipe, although not difficult by any stretch of the imagination, takes quite a while to prepare. Things might go wrong… (I forgot to use peas when I first tried it lol), but that’s when the recipe video (below) comes in handy. 😉


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 worth it! 🙂

Video Recipe

Tofu Paneer Masala
5 from 1 vote

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 cups
Calories 408 kcal
Author Veganbell



  • 250 gm. / 9 oz. tofu
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



  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 (1 cup)
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 259
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.8g 44%
Sodium 754mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 28.5g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6.7g 27%
Sugars 10.7g
Protein 21g 42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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