Vegan Saag Paneer

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Kristianne

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Saag paneer is a popular Indian dish made with spinach and cubed paneer cheese, and in this vegan version tofu is used instead of cheese. The tofu cubes are tossed in turmeric and fried until crispy, then mixed in with the spiced spinach mixture. Instead of yogurt, coconut milk is used to thicken it up a bit. Serve this flavorful dish by itself as a main, or as a side. It goes great with naan bread!

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Vegan Saag Paneer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 package tofu, drained
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 12 oz frozen spinach
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Press paper towels on the tofu to drain the water, then chop into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Toss the tofu with the turmeric and salt, then transfer to the skillet and fry until crispy.
  4. Add the spinach, ginger, garlic, and spices to a Magic Bullet pitcher and pulse a few times to mix and chop the spinach smaller.
  5. Transfer to a pot over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the coconut milk.
  6. Serve the spinach with the tofu on top, or mix in.

Makes 2 servings

 

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