New American Plate Challenge

Spinach Saag with Golden Tofu

Weekly Recipe
Serves 4

Tofu is low in calories and packed with protein and other important nutrients. Soyfoods also contain phytochemicals called isoflavones. This vegan dish features sautéed tofu and spinach mixed with a medley of Indian spices. If you’re wary of soy, the latest research indicates that moderate soy consumption shows no risk for cancer and may even offer a protective effect.


  • 12-14 Ounces
    firm tofu
  • 5 Ounces
    baby spinach
  • 3 Tablespoons
    canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 Cup
    finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon
    chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon
    grated ginger, or 1 Tbsp finely chopped
  • 1
    green or red chili pepper, chopped (seeds optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon
    ground coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon
    garam masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    ground turmeric
  • 2
    vine tomatoes, seeded and chopped


  1. Drain tofu and halve block horizontally into 2 slabs. Line baking sheet with 3 layers of paper towels. Place tofu slabs on baking sheet, touching side by side. Cover tofu with 2 layers of paper towels. Set another baking sheet on top of tofu. Place 4 large cans on top of baking sheet. (Canned tomatoes or beans work well.) Or use 2 large cans and then place empty cast iron skillet on top of them. Press for 20 minutes.

  2. While tofu presses, rinse spinach and drain in colander. Pat spinach with paper towels or whirl in salad spinner, in batches, if necessary, until almost dry. Set spinach aside.

  3. Cut pressed tofu into 3/4-inch cubes. Place tofu in bowl, add 1 tablespoon oil and gently toss to coat tofu.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange tofu in 1 layer and cook until golden on bottom, 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook cubes until golden to brown on 2 more sides, about 6 minutes in all, then transfer to plate and set aside. Wipe out pan, and return to heat.

  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until they start to color, 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, ginger and chile pepper and stir for 1 minute. Add cumin, coriander, garam masala and turmeric, stirring until spices coat onions and are fragrant, 30 seconds. Mix in tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is moist and lumpy, 4 minutes. Add half the spinach, mixing until it collapses, 3 minutes. Add remaining spinach and stir until it collapses, 2 minutes. Add tofu and cook, stirring often, until spinach is very moist, 4 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until spinach is tender, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper

Nutrition: Per serving: 221 calories, 14g total fat (1g saturated fat), 16g carbohydrate, 11g protein, 4g dietary fiber, 101mg sodium.


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