Indian-Spiced Tofu & Vegetable Stir-Fry
One of the key ingredients in many of indian-spiced recipes is garam masala, as you might have noticed. You might wonder, what is garam masala? Garam masala (Hindi: गरम मसाला, garam ("hot") and masala (a mixture of spices) is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines. The composition of garam masala differs regionally, with many recipes across India according to regional and personal taste. The components of the mix are toasted, then ground together.
A typical Indian version of garam masala contains:
- black and white peppercorns
- Cinnamon or cassia bark
- Nutmeg and mace
- black and green cardamom pods
- Tej patta
Rama Rau, Santha (June 1969). The Cooking of India (Foods of the World). USA: Time Life Education.
Anyway, I think its the best thing ever because it combines a lot of my favorite spices and adds so much flavor! Before I used to have to find a indian grocery store to get garam masala, but now its available at a lot of supermarkets. I've seen it at ShopRite and Stop&Shop. Here's another recipe using garam masala, I hope you like it! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp grated ginger
2 green chili peppers
1-2 onions, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
extra firm tofu
4 oz can of unsalted tomato sauce (100% tomato)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp red chili powder depending on spice preference
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
First, heat the pan with olive oil. Add cumin seeds and let cook for 1-2 minutes until darker in color. Then, add garlic, ginger, and green chili. Cook for 2 minutes or until the garlic appears golden brown.
In a separate pan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower to the water and boil until tender.
Add tofu and cook for 5 minutes.
Then, add onions and green pepper and cook for another 3 minutes.
Now, add cauliflower and peas.
Add turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, salt, and a little bit of black pepper. You can substitute paprika for red chili powder, but it might not be as spicy. Stir so the powders are well mixed.
Add 4 oz. tomato sauce and mix well.
And this is what it looks like after its done!
This tasted so good alone! I had it with arugula and tomatoes on the side. Also, some plain yogurt.
I was trying to avoid carbs, otherwise you can also pair with naan, tortillas, add it to your salad, or rice!