June 17, 2008

Tofu Butter Masala

After the grueling, yet basking roundup, here I am back with a short story ...and a yummy Tofu Butter Masala!

Off this goes to Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging, this week guest hosted by Joanna from
'Joanna's Food'

Story first...

Long Long ago, a king wanted to test his subjects. He placed a huge boulder in the middle of the main road leading to his city. Then he hid himself and watched to see people's reactions. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. None did anything about getting the big stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along, carrying a load of vegetable basket. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up the vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder was placed.

The purse contained gold coins and a note from the king -

Smooth roads never make good drivers,
Smooth seas never make good sailors,
Clear skies never make good pilots,
A problem free life never makes a strong and good person.
Have a tough but winning day ahead!
Be strong enough to accept the challenges in life.
Don't ask Life, 'Why Me?', instead say 'Try Me!'...!!!!

Now.. the recipe...

Tofu Butter Masala


2 cups of Tofu cubes
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
Salt - to taste

For Masala Mix:

1 tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 tbsp Garam Masala powder
1/2 tbsp Red Chilli powder
2 tsp Tomato Ketchup
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
1 cup Milk
1/4 tsp Turmeric


1. In a bowl, whisk in all the ingredients listed for 'Masala Mix' and keep aside.

2. Heat some oil in a wok, saute onion and ginger garlic paste for couple of minutes. Add in the 'Masala Mix' mixture. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on low flame.

3. Finally add Tofu cubes and season with salt. Simmer for 7-8 minutes on meduim-low flame. Make sure the cubes are dipped into the sauce.

4. Serve hot with roti, naan or any flat bread!

Have a great day ahead!

Signing off for now,


  1. YUMMY!

    This looks so like Paneer Butter masala . Thats a great substitute Siri. Nice thinking (pat on the back).

    I loved the story although I have heard it many times. What was new - was the note. And thats so true isnt it! Knowing me u know that I always say - Nothing comes easy and if it does - BEWARE! hehehehe. Love the post.

  2. i made tofu in coconut milk gravy the other day. it turned out too watery so i was thinking of trying it in butter masala next. i think i'll try it ur way cuz i see u havent used cream in ur recipe :)

  3. wow..looks so yummy..hve something for u plz collect//

  4. thats a lovely note siri..something to learn about life:)..tofu butter masala looks delicious..great paneer substitute..good entry:)

  5. maaku manchi vindu bhojaname kaadu, manchi katha bhojanam kooda pedathaavu, Siri! I love both the story and of course the delicious tofu butter masala!

  6. Lovely and true note Siri , Tofu looks like paneer :)

  7. tofu butter masala looks delicious.good entry.

  8. yay yay..try me!!..hehehe...very nice to see you giving such stories before the recipe..atleast this way I get to read some stories...:))..

    i personally don't like tofu...so will do with paneer!..:)

  9. yummy... there is see the sunlight in the pic haan .. sahii.... and good post haan ... sikha do yaar short n mast rakhna post ko ....

  10. This looks SO good, and I love the story too


  11. Wow it looks super delicious.

  12. YUMMO!! Great looking Butter masala Siri, great entry!:)

  13. Wow thats just mouthwatering :) I had it recently at a potluck, and now I know how to make too:) Thanks to you:)

  14. oh a wonderful alternative to paneer. I like this very much!

  15. the dish looks yummy from the pics :) and a nice story to go along!

  16. you know the local tofu we get here in india tastes horrible - you wouldn't even want to go near - i died the first time i made tofu butter masala. but then i discovered that the imported silken tofu is nice - quite yummy :)

  17. I really love your inspirational stories, Siri! They are such a pick-me-up. Have never been a huge fan of tofu, but this really looks delicious! You're tempting me to try it again! :)

  18. Really interesting recipe...instead of panner..lovely

  19. They look yumm Siri..very similar in looks to the paneer butter masala..

  20. They look yumm Siri..very similar in looks to the paneer butter masala..

  21. Thatz soo yummy .. Very healthy too :)

  22. Lovely story and lovely recipe Siri. I've always wanted to try tofu butter masala. Will try it out and let you know.

  23. Cute story. This looks really simple to make but full of flavor. Good thing I always have these ingredients in the kitchen :)


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