Tawa Tofu Masala

This Tawa Tofu Masala recipe packs in so much flavor and nutrients without having to spend hours in the kitchen; it is very easy to make, with very simple ingredients which you can find easily in your pantry!! Tofu is cooked in a tangy, onion-tomato masala with bell peppers and spices. I’m using Tofu for this recipe, however you can use Paneer if you prefer. It is one of the easiest and quick semi-dry curry you can prepare in no time.

Tawa Tofu Masala

Course: MainCuisine: Indian


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  • 1 tbsp Ghee/butter

  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds

  • ½ tsp hing (asafoteida)

  • 12 oz Extra Firm Tofu, drained & cubed

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup green bell pepper, cubed

  • 1 cup red bell peppers, cubed

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp ginger & garlic paste

  • ½ cup Rao’s Marinara sauce

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • ½ tsp red chili powder

  • ½ tsp cumin & coriander powder

  • 1 Tbsp pav bhaji masala

  • ¼ tsp garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)

  • salt to taste

  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

  • ¼ cup water


  • On a skillet heat up butter. Add cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Next add the hing, onion and cook for about 7-8 minutes until it becomes soft.
  • Add ginger & garlic paste, tomato paste, marinara sauce, pav bhaji masala, turmeric, red chili powder, cumin & coriander powder and salt.
  • Mix well and cook over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes more until oil is released from spices.
  • Add bell peppers, tofu and mix well. Cook for about 2 minutes while continuously stirring. Add water and mix well. Place a lid on the pot. Reduce heat to low and let this cook covered for about 4 minutes.
  • Add garam masala, kasuri methi and cilantro and mix well. Taste test for seasoning and adjust as needed.
  • You can serve tawa tofu masala with toasted bread or pav or roti, and/or rice.

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