Mattar Paneer is an Indian classic.
You can find it at pretty much any Indian restaurant, and it’s often served with Naan and rice.
The husband absolutely loves Mattar Paneer.
I mean, what’s not to love? The sauce is creamy, rich, and full of spices, and the paneer (which is a fresh, un-aged, whole milk cheese) just melts in your mouth when you take a bite.
I decided to take a risk last week, and create a healthier version of this dish.
It was a huge risk, because the husband can be quite picky about dishes he loves.
And I know he made a face when I said I was substituting Paneer for Tofu.
He was skeptical, and rightfully so. I wasn’t even sure it would work out!
But it did.
And the best part? Thanks to this wonderful, all-natural sauce I found at Hungry Globetrotter, this recipe has only FIVE ingredients, and takes about 15 minutes to make!
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 red onion
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of frozen peas
- extra firm tofu cut into cubes (you can use as much as you like depending on how chunky you want the curry to be. I used a little more than 1/2 of the block)
- 3/4-1 bottle of Maya Kaimal Madras Curry
Step 1: Saute the garlic and onions with 1 tsp coconut oil over medium high heat, until the onions have cooked down and are translucent.
Step 2: Add the tofu, the curry sauce and the peas, stir to combine.
Step 3: Let it all simmer together for about 10-15 minutes, until the Mattar Tofu is cooked through and ready to eat. When it’s done, it will look like this:
Can you believe how easy that is?
Usually I’m not a fan of jarred sauces, but this one is incredibly authentic and doesn’t have any weird preservatives added to it. It has the perfect balance of flavors – with black pepper and coriander paired with aromatic coconut milk and curry leaves.
This entire recipe has about 600-700 calories (depending on how much tofu you use), and serves 5 people. That means each serving will only run you about 120-150 calories!
Oh, and did I mention: it’s vegan and gluten-free. For anyone who has contemplated making Indian food at home in the past, you have to try this recipe! It will make the flavors of Indian Cuisine accessible in your own kitchen.
It’s so easy to make and it tastes pretty much like the original.
The husband fully approved of this dish, he saved the leftovers and ate them for lunch a couple days later.
I felt proud that my healthified version was a success.