If you need a break from Thanksgiving leftovers, I’ve got a great recipe for you to help switch things up: Tofu Tandoori Masala.
Though the original recipe calls for chicken or fish, I decided to take a new, even healthier approach with tofu. I used a package of Nasoya Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus. The consistency was perfect for this recipe and it tastes delicious, plus it’s fortified with vitamins B2, B6, B12, D and Calcium.
I took the tofu out of its packaging and padded it dry with a paper towel before cutting it into six 1/2 inch pieces. In a large ziplock bag, I prepared the marinade of plain yogurt (1 cup), lemon juice (4 tablespoons), ghee/oil (1/4 cup), cardamom (1 teaspoon), and Tandoori Masala spice mix* (a mixture of coriander, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, chili, nutmeg, mace, paprika, star anise, and salt). Mix up all of these ingredients in the bag until well blended, then add the slices of tofu. Put the sealed bag in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, but I recommend leaving it overnight to really maximize the flavor.
After the marinade process is complete, remove the tofu slices from the bag and place them in a baking dish. I used some of the marinade to slightly submerge the tofu pieces and put it in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. I was also able to save and reuse the remaining marinade for another batch of tofu the next day. The results are so awesome, I completely forgot to take a photo of the final dish. Honestly, it was that good! The flavors from the spices and the creaminess of the tofu are an unbeatable combination.
There are four types of Nasoya TofuPlus including Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus, Organic Sprouted TofuPlus, Organic Black Soybean TofuPlus, Organic Firm TofuPlus. I can tell you from experience that all of them are very tasty and a great substitute for meat. More information and recipes can be found at nasoya.com.
*The original recipe was provided by the good folks at one of my favorite small spice shops on Manhattan’s 1st Avenue called Dual Specialty Store. They’ve got all sorts of spices, teas, and other treats you may have never known existed and it’s totally worth the visit if you’re into obscure ingredients and experimenting in the kitchen. If you’re in New York, I highly recommend picking some up there, but you can also find a recipe online (like this one here) or order it directly from Dual Specialities online.