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By Fredrica Syren:

My husband is the one who turned me on to Indian food. However, my first time trying it was not very successful because we went to an Indian buffet and I ate something too spicy. My mouth was on fire, so I swore I never would eat it again. Lucky me, hubby convinced me to give it another try by eating things he would recommend as mild. Oh, I’m so happy he did because now it’s one of my favorite types of foods. And these days my pallet has evolved, so I can handle spicy. This dish is one Indian dish I make for him as a thank you for introducing me to Indian food.

Marinade:

  • 1 package extra firm tofu, dicedSeitan Tikka Masala
  • 1 cup plain soy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. grated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. canola oil

Drain tofu and wrap in a kitchen towel to remove any excess water. In a blender, blend everything except the tofu, oil and yogurt to a paste. Blend paste and yogurt well, then place tofu pieces in yogurt mixture to marinate in fridge for at least one hour. Drain tofu from marinade, and fry in a frying pan on medium heat until browned. Set aside.

Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • I large tomato, chopped
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup vegan cream such as Mimic cream or use 1/2 cup vegan sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup milk.
  • 3 Tbsp. blanched almonds, ground into a paste
  • 2 tsp. chili pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

First, using a food processor, grind the almonds into paste. If dry, add little bit of the cream. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large pan on medium heat, and fry onion and garlic until glossy, not brown. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients, and blend well. Simmer, but do not boil. Place 2/3 of the sauce in a blender, and process until completely creamy and smooth. Return sauce to pot and blend with remaining sauce. Add the tofu and enjoy hot.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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