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Vegan Saag Paneer (with Tofu Paneer!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This vegan saag paneer has pan fried tofu cubes that stand in for cheese and are smothered in spicy curried spinach and coconut milk mixture.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 211 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 14 ounce package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed at least 20 minutes, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili paste (sambal oelek)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated vegan sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk from a can, or more, if you like
  1. Place onion, ginger, garlic and spinach in food processor. Pulse, stopping to stir up everything a few times. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your food processor bowl. Stop when spinach is very finely chopped, just shy of becoming blended.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu. Cook about 10 minutes, until tofu cubes begin to brown lightly and crisp up, tossing a few times to ensure even cooking on all sides.
  3. Sprinkle turmeric over tofu and toss a few more times to coat the tofu cubes.
  4. Add spinach mixture, broth, lemon juice, cumin, garam masala, chili paste, sugar and salt. Stir a few times to mix everything up. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer about 10 minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  5. Add coconut milk, and cook another minute. Mixture should be thick and creamy.
  6. Serve with rice and naan.
Recipe Notes

I've made this a few times since originally posting the recipe, and found that I prefer a higher spinach to tofu ratio. If you do too, either cut the amount of tofu, oil, and turmeric in half (you'll get fewer servings though), or double everything else (in which case you'll get a few more servings).

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Saag Paneer (with Tofu Paneer!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 133
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.8g23%
Saturated Fat 5.2g26%
Sodium 584mg24%
Potassium 637mg18%
Carbohydrates 10.8g4%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.