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Tofu masala | How to make Tofu (Soya paneer) curry

Tofu masala is a simple side dish prepared with soya paneer in onion tomato based masala and usually served with roti, poori and jeera pulav.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Gravies, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 280 kcal



  • 400 g Tofu (Soya paneer)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp gg paste (or ½ tbsp ginger & ½ tbsp garlic)
  • 1 onion (1 cup chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (1 cup chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 1 tsp salt (as per taste)
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi leaves



  • Cut fresh tofu paneer into cubes.
  • Chop onions and tomatoes, keep them ready.
  • Cube the bell pepper (capsicum) into squares. Any colored capsicum is fine.
  • Fine chop ginger and garlic or make a crushed paste. You can use the readymade or stored ginger and garlic paste instead.


  • Heat butter in a non-stick pan.
  • Saute a bay leaf and some cumin seeds.
  • Add ginger and garlic until the raw smell goes off completely.
  • Next, add finely chopped onions and saute well.
  • Onions become soft and light brown in few minutes of frying in butter.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook them until soft.
  • Now add cubed capsicum and saute two minutes.
  • Add required salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder.
  • Pour a cup of water, cover with a lid for five minutes to cook the masala.
  • Open the lid and add garam masala powder and the tofu pieces.
  • Mix well, cover again and let the soya paneer cook for five minutes.
  • Finally, add fresh cream and crushed Kasuri methi(dry methi leaves).
  • Mix well, cook the creamy tofu masala for just two minutes and switch off.
  • Serve with hot rotis or naan.



1) For the dairy-free version, use oil and cashew nut paste in place of butter and fresh cream respectively. Please check the description above the recipe card section to find the method to make homemade fresh cream.
2) To get extra smooth creamy gravy, use tomato paste instead of tomato pieces.


Calories: 280kcal
Keyword How to make Soya paneer masala, roti side dish, side dish for chapati, Soya paneer curry, Tofu masala
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