Vegan Indian Palak "Paneer" (Spinach and Tofu)
This recipe for Indian palak paneer, uses tofu instead of cheese to keep it vegan. This palak paneer, made from spinach cooked in a creamy Indian-spiced sauce, is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1package firm or extra firm tofu, pressed, sliced into 1-inch cubes
- 3tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3cloves garlic, minced
- 3tablespoons curry powder
- 1teaspoon turmeric
- 1tablespoons cumin
- ¼teaspoon ground ginger
- 2tablespoons water
- ⅓cup soy yogurt
- 6bunches spinach
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Drain and press your tofu well. Not sure how to do that? Check out this step by step guide for how to press tofu. Once your tofu is drained and pressed, slice it into about 1-inch cubes.
Step 3Saute tofu and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil until tofu is lightly crisp on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 4In a separate large skillet or a wok, heat the other tablespoon of olive oil. Add the curry powder, turmeric, ginger powder, and water, then whisk in the non-dairy yogurt.
Step 5Add the spinach, stirring to cover in the yogurt sauce. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to add the spinach in batches. It cooks down quickly, so stay on it and keep adding more as quickly as possible to ensure a relatively even cooking time.
Step 6Once the spinach is fully cooked down, remove the pan from heat and process the spinach mixture in a food processor or blender until almost creamy (an immersion blender will be useful for this step, if you have one) or until it has a nice texture, keeping in mind that some more moisture will be absorbed as it cooks and cools.
Step 7Return the spinach to the skillet and add the sauteed tofu. Cook and stir until the tofu is well mixed with the spinach and the dish is completely heated through.
Step 8Serve your vegan palak and tofu dish along side plain steamed white or brown rice, or, mix it up a bit and accompany your homecooked meal with another whole grain, such as quinoa or your favorite ancient grain .