Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Garam Masala Spiced Tomatoes, Green Peas, and Tofu

Does anything smell better than cooking with garam masala? I can't imagine what it might be. Nupur, of One Hot Stove, was so kind to give me some garam masala a while back when we got together, and it is wonderfully aromatic. (Check out her blog for beautifully photographed Indian vegetarian/vegan dishes and even some foodie knitting.)

This dish also features chewy tofu, tomatoes, carrots, green peas, and some habanero for a kick. Omit the habanero if you prefer a milder version. We ate this with whole wheat couscous for a quick meal, but rice would be good with it as well. Tasty, spicy, and smells so good too!

Garam Masala Spiced Tomatoes, Green Peas, and Tofu
Adapted from Whole Foods

14 ounces organic extra firm tofu, pressed for about 25 minutes, then cut into small cubes
canola oil for pan frying
3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup carrots, sliced thinly into coins
1/2 habanero pepper, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 Tablespoon garam masala
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
10 ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/4 cup water
10 ounces frozen green peas, defrosted
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup whole wheat couscous

After pressing, toss tofu cubes with corn starch in a medium bowl.
In a large skillet, heat about 1/4-inch canola oil until a little corn starch dropped into it sizzles. Add the tofu cubes in a single layer. Fry until one side becomes golden brown, then turn with tongs to fry the other side. Remove tofu from skillet to drain on a clean kitchen towel. Pour off oil (into heat proof container, or let it cool first) so that you have 1/4 cup oil remaining in the skillet.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and carrots for 5 minutes. Add habanero and ginger to saute about 1 minute. Add garam masala and tomatoes. Simmer about 5 minutes. Add peas, water, tofu, and cover. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over couscous.


  1. That looks soooo good. I have this giant container of garam masala (the only way I could find it to buy here was in a huge bag) so I'm always looking for ways to use it - thanks for the recipe!

  2. Curry and garam masala are both awesome smells! Thank goodness for Indian food!

  3. Ohhh, garam masala...I can smell it from here! Delicious!

  4. that is my hands-down favourite way to cook up some yummy tofu!

  5. tofu, indian spices, & spicy! i love it all! it looks amazing and sounds absolutely delightful, Lisa! wow!

  6. Yea for Rotel! Love that stuff! And I also love garam masala. I made my own from an Indian recipe. But I don't use it often enough. I should try this!

  7. That cubed tofu looks unbelievably good! The foodie knitting from One Hot Stove is just awesome!

  8. ahhhh that tofu looks so squishy and delicious!

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  10. Garam masala is soooo good! That dish looks delicious -- I love cornstarch-ed tofu! :) You are brave for having habaneros. Those are a little too hot for me!


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