Hiya friends! Today I’m bringing you a delicious vegan butter chicken recipe, made using tofu! Certainly, this recipe is as comforting as they come. It’s made by simmering baked tofu in a creamy vegan butter chicken sauce until smooth and thick. Spread onto a bed of rice, or served with naan, and garnished with cilantro. What more could we ask for!?
All-in-all this vegan butter chicken recipe is warm and comforting, mildly spiced (as a butter chicken recipe should be), smooth, creamy and buttery.
I promise that nobody will be missing the real chicken in this recipe, because the baked tofu truly hits the spot. So, let me tell you exactly how to make this recipe so you can enjoy it pronto!
This recipe is divided into two sections. The first is for baking the tofu, and the second is for the vegan butter chicken sauce.
For the baked tofu, you will need:
For the vegan butter chicken sauce, you will need:
As you can see, this recipe is made primarily of pantry staples, like canned coconut milk, diced tomatoes and of course – lots of Indian spice! Certainly, a well stocked spice rack will be helpful for creating this recipe.
Now, I can promise you that this recipe is very straight forward and easy to make. First, it begins by baking tofu in the oven until crispy and golden. Next, we add the tofu to a spiced tomato-based sauce and simmer until smooth and creamy.
All-in-all, its a pretty straight forward recipe. But let me share a few tips for ensuring you make this vegan butter chicken recipe effortlessly.
Now, there are a couple things to keep in mind when baking tofu:
If you’re new to cooking tofu, it’s important to know that tofu comes in various consistency. From smooth silken tofu (great for sauces, creams and desserts), to firm and extra-firm. Each variety can be used for different methods of cooking. Check out this article for all the full guide on tofu varieties, and how to use them.
Now, for baking tofu – I like to use the “extra firm” tofu. This is because extra firm tofu holds its shape better, and will cook into delicious and crunchy golden cubes.
So, when searching for tofu for baking, make sure you pick the package that reads “extra firm” on the label.
So, what does it mean to “press your tofu?” It means to press out all the water content before cubing and seasoning. Which will result in a crispier, more golden baked tofu.
Contrary to belief, you do not need any fancy gadgets to press your tofu. Yes, there are many tofu pressers on the market from best to budget picks if you’re interested in buying a tofu press.
But in fact, my preferred method is to wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel, and set a few heavy books on top. Lean the books against your countertop backsplash for support and leave for 10 minutes. This presses out the excess water so you have a drier tofu to work with. Which in turn will result in a crispier, more golden tofu when baked.
Now, for the vegan butter chicken sauce. This is a simple sauce made by simmering onions and canned tomato with Indian spice and coconut milk. We’ve added spices like garam masala, curry powder, cumin and fresh ginger. All-all-all it’s full of flavour, yet still mildly spiced as a butter chicken recipe should be.
Simmer with your baked tofu until thick and smooth. Serve on rice with cilantro to garnish, or with naan bread.
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So there we have it! A very easy recipe for vegan butter chicken, made with tofu and a simple vegan butter chicken sauce. No doubt, this recipe is comforting, creamy and smooth, buttery, full of flavour and mildly spiced. It was a big hit in our home and I’m sure it will be in yours too!
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
VEGAN – VEGETARIAN – GLUTEN-FREE