Recipe: Muttar Paneer

So I guess this recipe should be called Muttar Tofu instead of Muttar Paneer, but, either way, it’s delicious. I adapted it from a Nigella Lawson recipe featured on the Food Network. Cubes of tofu are fried until golden and then simmered in a tomato broth with spices, garlic, onion, ginger and peas. It’s very friendly on the budget and super-quick to make. I like to serve mine with a dollop of homemade hummus and a splash of hot sauce.

Mutter Paneer (Tofu)


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 block of extra-firm tofu
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1-inch piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 (16-ounce) packet frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable stock


Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the tofu cubes and fry until golden.

Put the onion, garlic cloves, and ginger into a food processor and blitz to a coarse pulp. Fry gently with the tofu cubes for about 5 minutes with a sprinkling of salt. Stir in the garam masala and turmeric and cook for another 2 minutes before adding the frozen peas.

Dissolve the tomato paste in the vegetable stock and pour into the pan. Stir again and turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, tasting to check that the peas are tender.

Serve over basmati rice.


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