Here are 20 vegan Indian dinner dishes using tofu! They are all incredibly hearty, filling, and comforting to have. From tikka masala and vegan butter chicken to salads, there is definitely something for everyone!
Whether if you are new to tofu or a full-time vegan, this collection of 20 Indian-inspired tofu dinner recipes will definitely leave you hungry for more! From stews like tikka masala and curries to lighter sides like salads and stir-fries, you will for sure find something suitable.
🤔Types of tofu
This might be one of the most confusing parts for newbies to tofu - exactly how many types of tofu are there and how to use them? Let me break them down for you -
- Extra firm - As the name suggest, extra-firm tofu is the most compact and the toughest one. It is super dense and chewy, and can be fried, baked and grilled without falling apart.
- Firm - A little less dense and sturdy when compared to extra-firm. It can usually be used interchangeably with extra-firm, and can also be used for frying, baking and grilling.
- Medium - Has a moderate water content, and is quite fragile and do not hold its shape well. They work great in dishes that require minimal manipulation like boiling and braising. It is not recommended to use them in vigorous cooking methods like stir-frying or grilling.
- Soft - Not to be confused with silken tofu, they are coarser and more porous. Despite that, the uses of soft tofu is really similar to silken, and you can use them interchangeably in most recipes.
- Silken - Super delicate and will fall apart really easily. They are usually sliced up and added into Asian soups and stews like miso soup. Thanks to their creamy custard-like texture, they make a great base for dips, sauces and vegan desserts like mousses and cheesecakes.
It is really important that you drain and press your tofu properly before using, unless the recipe suggest otherwise. Also, do not even try to press medium, soft or silken tofu as they ae super fragile and will turn into mush under pressure!
There are 2 main ways that you can press your tofu - either by using a tofu press or by stacking something heavy on it.
- Tofu press - I do recommend reading the instruction manual before using as different brands have slightly different mechanisms. But generally you will need to fix your tofu in between plates, then tighten the screws so that the pressure excreted will force excess water out of tofu.
- Without a press - Drain your tofu and wrap it with a few layers of dishtowel or paper towels. Place it on a rimmed plate or baking sheet, then place something heavy on top of the wrapped tofu. Cast-iron pans, ceramic plates or a few cans of canned food will all work well! Leave it for 20 minutes or longer before draining and patting dry tofu.
That should cover the bases of everything you need to know about these recipes. As promised, here are 20 mouthwatering Indian dinner recipes that feature tofu!
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I hope you find this post helpful and informative! If you do try any one of these recipes or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I love hearing from you.🙂