Tofu Tikka Masala

Indian food is definitely in my top three favorite cuisines. The flavors and spices are all amazing. My all-time favorite pre-vegan Indian dish was chicken tikka masala. Now that I’m vegan, all I had to do to still be able to enjoy this dish was replace the chicken with tofu! This is also another dish in which I used a longer marinating process to make sure the flavor impact was 100%!

Tofu Tikka Masala

ATTENTION: This recipe requires 24 hours of prep time! Please plan accordingly!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 block of firm organic tofu, sliced into cubes
  • 2 full leaves of kale, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of tikka masala sauce ( I used Target’s Simply Balanced brand tikka masala sauce)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • container with airtight lid (to marinate the tofu in)

What to Do:

  1. Place cubed tofu in container. Add all spices (salt, ginger, cumin and curry powder) inside container and cover tofu pieces with spice mixture, making sure all pieces are fully covered.
  2. Cover container with lid and place in fridge to marinate for 24 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, remove marinated tofu from fridge and set aside to become room temperature whenever you’re ready to make the recipe.
  4. Prepare rice in a small saucepan (boil water, add rice, stir and bring to a boil again, turn heat to a low simmer, cover and let simmer for approximately 20 minutes or so– use approximately 1 3/4 cup of water for every one cup of rice). Set aside.
  5. Heat a medium-sized skillet on medium heat with 2 tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Once oil is hot, add marinated tofu pieces and pan-fry for approximately 7-8 minutes, or until tofu pieces have a golden brown crisp to them.
  7. Lower heat to a simmer and add tikka masala sauce and chopped kale to skillet.
  8. Simmer until kale becomes tender and sauce heats up fully.
  9. Transfer rice to a serving dish.
  10. Transfer tofu tikka masala on top of rice. Bon appetit!


* I also have a quick recipe for a homemade tikka masala sauce from my soup recipe!

Date posted on Instagram: 3/28/18

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