Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Palak Tofu

Palak Paneer is one of my favorite Indian dishes. We can buy paneer at our local grocery stores, but I found this recipe a while ago using tofu in place of the paneer and was intrigued. Aaron and I had this for dinner once before, while doing the elimination diet, and I wasn't a big fan.

Well the time came around to try out tofu again and I'm at a loss for what cheap meal to make, so I decided to try it again. This time I made some changes and found it much more delicious to eat. The tofu is great baked!

Disclaimer: I try not to eat a lot of tofu/soy products because of the unclear health effects. Some say there are benefits, others say its bad for you. I used to rely a lot on soy for protein, so I have tried to cut back this year. I use almond milk instead and get my protein from vegetables, beans, and nuts. But I know some people eat tofu and I really enjoyed this meal, so I wanted to share it. I even ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

Some changes I made to this recipe:

-Bake the tofu at 300 degrees for about an hour and fifteen minutes instead of frying (no spattering and crunchy crust!)
-Add a splash of almond milk at the end.
-Leave out the garam masala (the taste is strong, if you want to use it I would say go with only half a teaspoon)
-Serve on a bed of raw baby spinach leaves. The combo of cooked and raw spinach is a nice contrast.

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