Tofu butter masala is a very popular cuisine from the state of Punjab in India . This dish is originally made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese). You can even replace tofu or Paneer with grilled Chicken to make BUtter chicken Masala . Paneer or Tofu or Chicken is cooked in a little spicy rich tomato base . This recipe is easy and quick to make.
250 gms tofu (or Paneer ),cut into 1-inch cubes
1. medium Onions
1 inc Ginger
4 to 5 Garlic cloves
2 medium Tomatoes
2 Green Chillies, slit lengthwise
1/2 cup Cream
2 teaspoons Kasuri Methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1 tablespoon Coriander Powder
1 teaspoon or to taste Red Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Fresh Cream
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
If you are using frozen paneer cubes, then defrost them.
Grind onion, ginger and garlic in a grinder and make a onion paste.
Blanch the tomatoes (put them in hot boiling water for 8-10 minutes and cover with a lid, drain and rinse them in normal cold water and remove skin) and blend them to prepare a tomato puree.
Heat cooking oil and butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium flame. Add onion paste and sauté until onion paste turns light brown for approx. 4-5 minutes.
Add green chilli and red chili powder and sauté for 30-40 seconds.
Add tomato puree and cook for 3-4 minutes or until oil starts to separate from the puree.
Add coriander powder and garam masala powder and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water and salt; mix and cook until oil comes on the surface or for approx. 4-5 minutes.
Add Tofu cubes, kasuri methi and cook for approx 2-minutes or until you get the desired consistency of gravy.
Add fresh cream.
You can Garnish Punjabi Tofu butter masala with heavy cream or cube of butter and serve.
You can replace Tofu with Paneer .
You can even shallow fry Tofu cubes .
If you like rich & creamier gravy, then add more cream & less water . Alternatively, if you do not like creamy taste, then you can altogether avoid using cream.
Tofu butter masala can be served with naan, paratha, roti or steamed rice .