Friday, August 26, 2016

cauliflower and tofu masala


  • Servings: 4
  • 1 (16 ounce) package tofu
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 serrano peppers, seeded and minced
  • 4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


    Preparation Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 50 mins Ready Time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • place the block of tofu a plate and place another plate on top. set a 3 to 5 pound weight on top (a container filled with water works well). press the tofu for 20 to 30 minutes, then drain off and discard the accumulated liquid.
  • preheat an oven to 375 degrees f (190 degrees c). grease a baking sheet.
  • whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, 1 teaspoon garam masala, and minced ginger together in a bowl. cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes, and gently stir into the yogurt mixture. arrange the tofu cubes the prepared baking sheet so they do not touch each other.
  • bake the tofu in the preheated oven until the tofu has firmed and the sauce is no longer sticky, 45 minutes to 1 hour. gently turn the tofu every 15 minutes during baking.
  • meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. cook the garlic and serrano peppers in the hot butter until softened, about 3 minutes. stir in the coriander, 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons garam masala, and salt. cook another minute to release the fragrance of the spices. add the tomato sauce and cauliflower florets; cover and cook, stirring frequently until the cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • once the cauliflower is tender, stir in the half-and-half, peas, cilantro, and baked tofu cubes. bring to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes, or until your desired thickness is attained.

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