Saag (Spinach) & Tofu

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Another saag recipe! This one is a definite competitor to my previous one

I am doing this thing where I’m comparing my take on Indo-Pak dishes (namely the Punjabi style I learn from my Mom) to recipes I find on the web. Some are hits and some are misses, but worry not, I only share the hits 🙂

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 14-ounce package water-packed firm tofu, drained
2 tbsp grapeseed oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 onion sliced or chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 pound baby spinach
1 cup (dairy free) yogurt of your choice – I am digging goat these days
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Directions

1. Cut tofu into thirds lengthwise and eighths crosswise. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring gently every 2 to 3 minutes, until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, ginger and mustard seeds and cook until the onion is translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add spinach in batches small enough to fit in the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until all the spinach has been added and has wilted, 4 to 6 minutes more.
3. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, curry powder, cumin and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add to the pan along with the tofu and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
4. Add lemon juice and adjust spices to taste.

Adapted from eatingwell.com

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Cholay (Chickpea curry)

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Cholay have to be one of my fave Indo-Pak dishes and is definitely one of my go to quick and tasty meals. Serve with either wheat-free roti or you choice of grain with a side of greens.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tomato (optional – I don’t like to use them often because I try to stay away from the nightshades)
2 small chilli pepper, cut in half (use less if you like mild)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1.5 tsp turmeric
1.5 cumin powder
1.5 coriander powder
1.5 garam masala
1 tsp chaat masala
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
fresh cilantro to garnish (optional)

Directions 

1. Saute onions over medium heat in skillet
2. Add ginger and garlic when onions START to brown and saute for 1-2 minutes
3. Add all spices, chilli pepper, and tomato (if using) and mix
4. Add chickpeas, 2 cups of water and bring to  a boil
5. Cover and let cook for about 20-25 minutes over low-medium heat (or less if you are using a pressure cooker) or until chickpeas are soft, adding more water if needed
6. Remove from heat, mix in lemon juice and add cilantro, if using
7. Serve with your favourite type of grain or my buckwheat roti.

Enjoy!