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Tofu Aloo Matar (Tofu Curry With Peas)


Tofu is a new protein in our household.  I’ve never been a huge fan of tofu growing up but I have been eating more and more of it to help ease into more of a plant-based diet.  Call it a transitional food for me.  Though there are mixed feelings around soy in the vegan community, tofu seems to be everywhere these days.

Tofu has a reputation for being plain or boring, and frankly, it is… by itself.  But think of tofu as a blank canvas, and think of yourself as an artist who can manipulate that canvas to your heart’s content. Tofu can be a very flavorful addition to your dish if you treat it right.


Here I took an Indian spin on tofu.  Traditionally, Aloo Matar is a curry dish with potatoes and peas.  I didn’t have potatoes on hand but I did have tofu so I thought I would try it out.  I like the way this dish turned out.  It is vegan-diet friendly, the tofu absorbed all of the flavors of the curry and because I omitted the potatoes and served this on rice, I feel that this dish turned out a lot lighter.  Not a bad way to enjoy tofu if I don’t say so myself!


Tofu Aloo Matar (Tofu Curry With Peas)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yields: 6 servings


  • 1 package of firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (or to taste)
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 cup and 1 tablespoon of water, separated
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube


  1. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the onions and ginger. Cook until the onions begin to sweat, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, curry powder, cayenne powder (if using) and salt. Add about a tablespoon of water and mix. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tofu, peas, 1 cup of water and bouillon cube and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the garam masala powder, mix and cook for another minute. Serve ith bread or rice.

Recipe adapted from Aromatic Cooking.

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