Tofu Butter Masala


As I had mentioned in Kadai Tofu and Tofu Tikka, though I love paneer, I am afraid of the calories it adds. Happy that Tofu can satisfy my taste buds in the same way as paneer. Couple of days weeks back I had prepared Malai Kofta with paneer. I was craving for paneer dish again, and this time, tried a side dish with tofu instead of paneer.

Tofu is similar to paneer, except that it is made with soy milk, which is said to be protein rich. My version of Tofu Butter Masala:

Tofu Butter Masala

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Side dish


Firm Tofu – 1 packet (225 gram)

Onion – 1 big

Tomato – 2

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Milk – 1/3 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Butter – 2 tbsp



  • Boil onion and tomato in hot water and strain the water. When it comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste© TraditionallyModernFood
  • Add butter to the pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the blended tomato and onion puree and cook for 3-5 minutes


  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for 2-3mins


  • Add the Tofu and salt. Saute well for 2-3 minutes

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  • Add cinnamon powder and milk and let it cook for 3-5 minutes


My Notes:

  • Instead of milk, you can add 3 tbsp of fresh cream
  • If you are using a cinnamon stick, add it while tempering
  • This gravy goes well with any variety rice like fried rice/ pulao as well as with naan/rotis
  • I boiled the onions and blended them, as it will save time while cooking blended onion. Instead, you can also sauté the onions
  • For vegan version, instead of butter, you can add oil and use coconut milk to try Tofu Butter Masala:-)

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70 thoughts on “Tofu Butter Masala

  1. […] I could taste paneer butter masala flavor along with paneer tikka taste. I tried to combine my tofu butter masala and tofu tikka recipe; prepared this Paneer tikka Masala and happy with the […]

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  3. deliciouslynell August 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM Reply

    This looks so flavoursome~ Yum!

  4. Patty Nguyen August 24, 2014 at 10:01 PM Reply

    I love tofu and would love this dish!

  5. Treat and Trick August 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM Reply

    Love your spice combo and looks superb!

  6. cafegarima August 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM Reply

    That is a healthier cousin of butter paneer masala. I like 🙂

  7. swathiiyer August 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM Reply

    My hubby hates paneer, so I make most of paneer dishes with tofu, looks really yumm.

  8. natasha August 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM Reply

    Tofu…healthy option…good idea…

  9. afracooking August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM Reply

    Oh I hear you! I adore paneer, but yes it does fall in the category of guilty pleasures. Until now the only time I have replaced it with tofu (which I spiced first) was in a saag dish. Love love LOVE this idea!

  10. skd August 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM Reply

    Looks delicious 🙂

  11. mmmarzipan August 22, 2014 at 6:07 AM Reply

    This is fabulous!

  12. Bikramjit August 22, 2014 at 4:09 AM Reply

    I am not very sure about the tofu but the Butter masalaa currey ooooh deliciousssssssssssssssssssssss

  13. sudha August 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM Reply

    Healthy & tasty butter masala…………….looks tempting.

  14. Babitha costa August 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM Reply

    yummy tofu masala

  15. Liz August 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM Reply

    love the tofu sub here. It soaks up pretty much any flavor. This is brilliant 🙂

  16. Jeanne Melanson August 21, 2014 at 7:59 PM Reply

    This looks excellent, although I must confess that I am not familiar with some of the ingredients. I have always enjoyed Indian food on the rare occasion I have been able to try it though, so I trust this too is delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Lori August 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM Reply

    Butter masala….sounds delicious!

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM Reply

      Thanku Dear:-) I must say I and my space missed you here..

      • Lori August 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Have missed you too Vidya! Been so busy unpacking, painting, etc…been hard to get on here and visit other sites and comment like I love to do.

      • Traditionally Modern Food August 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        I can understand dear:-) hope you got settled in new house..

  18. Danielle G August 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM Reply

    I love Indian food. The flavor profiles are so robust and amazing. This looks like heaven. I think it’ll be my Saturday morning flavor trial. Thank you!

  19. cheri August 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM Reply

    What a delicious looking dish, sounds very comforting!

  20. Jenn Alex Brockman August 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM Reply

    I’ve never had tofu. I probably won’t have it any time soon, but maybe the sauce would be a good addition to our menu.

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM Reply

      Thanks Jenn:-) yes can use the same sauce and prepare gravy with cauliflower, bell pepper etc

  21. platedujour August 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM Reply

    It looks yummy I have to say 🙂

  22. srividhya August 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM Reply

    I substitute tofu too in place of paneer. 🙂

  23. Malar August 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM Reply

    Easy and fast recipe, looks very nice Vidya 🙂

  24. Rachée Fagg (@sayitrahshay) August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM Reply

    This looks really tasty. I want to try and make this now. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  25. Priya suresh August 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM Reply

    Irresistible side dish, can have it happily with some rotis.

  26. sherien August 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM Reply

    Hey Vidya….This curry looks delicious…

  27. coconutcraze August 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM Reply

    Not a big fan of Tofu but this looks tasty! When I gather courage to buy some firm tofu I will try this.

  28. cheergerm August 21, 2014 at 5:57 AM Reply

    Will so be making this for my vegetarian coeliac husband very soon and he will be in heaven!

  29. Charanya August 21, 2014 at 5:24 AM Reply

    Yum ❤ ❤

  30. Chitra Jagadish August 21, 2014 at 4:25 AM Reply

    Tofu butter masala looks sooo creamy and delish Dear without any added cream… …love this with parathas- yum yum….

  31. radhikasethi August 21, 2014 at 3:26 AM Reply

    Wow! What a delightful take on paneer butter masala. I’m sure your cravings must have been satisfied with this one 🙂

  32. Jayeeta August 21, 2014 at 3:09 AM Reply

    I just love any kind of butter masala, chicken, paneer, tofu. Just yumm. 🙂

  33. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 21, 2014 at 2:45 AM Reply

    This butter masala sounds really tasty!

  34. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve August 21, 2014 at 2:26 AM Reply

    Looks creamy n yummy!

  35. Chhapanbhog August 21, 2014 at 12:38 AM Reply

    Wow, this looks scrumptious… 🙂

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