Marrying into an Indian family 20 years ago, Indian cuisine has become something I have grown to love over time. Having been born into an Italian family my palate was very accustomed to Mediterranean cuisine, and adjusting to new flavours took some time.Now I must say that Indian cuisine is on the top of my list. I love it! And especially fortunate that my mother-in-law had was the chef in her own Indian restaurants, so I’ve had some incredible traditional recipes passed down.
I’m excited to introduce you to a dish that’s exceptionally close to my heart: Tofu Cauliflower Tikka Masala. Now, it’s important to note that this isn’t your typical, traditional recipe. We’ve given it a unique twist to make it vegan and healthier than the traditional which often boasts cream as a main ingredient.
Our flavour is an ensemble of classic Indian spices that you probably already have in your kitchen, and a special spice called ‘masala,’ a blend readily available in Indian grocery stores. This medley of spices brings depth to our dish.
Let’s talk about the wholesome benefits of this dish.
The humble cauliflower, a versatile veggie packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Plus, it has antioxidants to keep your cells healthy. We also have tofu as our plant-based protein which brings iron, calcium, and magnesium to the table. It’s a heart-healthy choice that also burns bad cholesterol. Another main ingredient is cashew nuts: These nuts are good for your heart too. They are a healthy fat and provide a dose of copper, which keeps your blood vessels in shape.
By choosing this Cauliflower and Tofu Tikka Masala, you’re treating your taste buds while giving your body a host of nutrients. It’s a delightful step toward embracing a plant-based lifestyle, and I hope you enjoy every bite.
Let’s start by making a masala mix. Mix all the dry spices together. Take half of the spice mix and sprinkle it over your tofu cubes and cauliflower, then drizzle the olive oil. Give it a good mix and bake in the oven.
Then in a saucepan, heat up another tablespoon of olive oil and toss in your chopped onion. Sautee for a bit then toss in the garlic and ginger and cook for a couple more minutes. Turn the heat, add your spices, and let them toast until they fill the kitchen with their aroma. Pour in your canned tomato and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Using a stick blender, give it a good whizz until it’s silky smooth.
Now it’s time to create the cashew cream magic. Make your cashew milk by blending those soaked raw cashews with water and a pinch of salt. Keep blending until it’s as smooth as a milkshake. Then add it to you tomato sauce. The last part. Add the roasted cauliflower, frozen peas, and tofu to the tomato mix. Let it all simmer together for about 5 minutes until all the flavours are combined
Serve up this yummy dish with some steamed Basmati rice or warm roti bread.
Can I make this dish spicier?
Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the level of chili to suit your spice tolerance. You can also add some fresh birdseye chilies if you’re looking for an extra kick.
What can I use if I don’t have cashew milk?
No worries if you don’t have cashew milk. You can use any unsweetened plant-based milk like almond, soy, or oat as a substitute. It will still give your dish a creamy texture.
How can I make this dish gluten-free?
This dish is already gluten free – bonus! However always check your spices and can tomato are gluten-free without any additives.
Can I prepare this dish in advance?
Absolutely! This Tikka Masala actually tastes better the next day as the flavours have time to combine and do their thing. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat when you’re ready to enjoy.
What should I serve with Cauliflower and Tofu Tikka Masala?
This dish pairs wonderfully with steamed Basmati rice or warm roti bread. You can also add a side of cucumber raita or a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Can I freeze this dish?
Absolutely! Put it in an airtight container. Glass container works best.