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Tofu Saag Paneer

The sauce for saag paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and cheese, is usually made with lots of butter (ghee) and milk. Here, tofu, soymilk, and soy yogurt make the dish lighter, higher in essential fatty acids, and just as delicious as the original



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8 oz. extra-firm tofu, cubed
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1 Tbs. canola oil
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1 medium onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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2 tsp. curry powder
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¾ tsp. grated fresh ginger
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1 10-oz. pkg. frozen leaf spinach, thawed and drained
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½ cup DHA-fortified plain soy yogurt
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¼ cup DHA-fortified plain soymilk, optional


1. Coat skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Add tofu cubes, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to plate, and set aside.

2. Wipe out skillet, add oil, and heat over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Stir in garlic, curry powder, 
and ginger, and sauté 1 minute, or until curry powder darkens. Add spinach and 2 Tbs. water, and cook 1 minute, or until most of water has evaporated. Remove from heat, and stir in yogurt and soymilk, if using, or 1/4 cup water. Fold in tofu cubes.

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10 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
14 g
0 mg
62 mg
4 g
5 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Not a good recipe... this was very bland, despite the fact that I added much more curry powder than called for. It also didn't mention this, but I pureed the curry mixture (basically all but the tofu) in the food processor after cooking, then stirred in the cooked tofu cubes and added a tablespoon or two of water and let it simmer a it to bring some flavour out. It helped, but it definitely didn't make this into anything spectacular.

I wish I had seen the comment below as well because I too agree that this recipe is way too bland. I added extra salt and extra curry powder as well. The spinach ended up not being "soft" enough.

I agree with the other comments. Very bland. I added extrea garlic, curry, and ginger and it didn't help much. I won't be making this again.