Easy Five Minute Vegan Paneer Masala

For an enticing weeknight meal or as a weekend surprise, serve this yum and wholesome easy five minute vegan paneer masala that will certainly please you and your family.

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This is totally unreal: a curry in five minutes? Well, the answer is yes. And it’s oil-free, plant based, and oh-so-delicious! Each spoon will give you the goodness of a veggie and an explosive flavor of mild spices and creaminess without a trace of any diary based cream.

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My easy five minute vegan paneer masala does contain coconut milk. You can exclude that and add almond milk or cashew cream or even walnut milk. Recipe here! For a non-vegan alternative, start with almond milk and top with heavy cream. This is perfect for those on a keto diet. You see, I have a plenty of options for you to choose from based on your lifestyle, and no  matter what method you choose, each of these methods will work wonderfully to give you a satisfying and comforting bowl of curry.

easy five minute vegan paneer masala

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For this easy five minute vegan paneer masala, you will need pre-made curry paste. You can use any store-made Indian curry paste or try this my homemade curry paste, which you can store for 7-10days in refrigerator or freeze it for a month. If you want to skip the oil in making the paste, then add a few spoons of water while the paste thickens and cooks.

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Easy Five Minute Vegan Paneer Masala:

Here is the step-by-step illustration of this vegan paneer masala. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do.

Step-1: Prep Tofu or Paneer:

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  • For making my easy five minute vegan paneer masala, you will need tofu (or paneer if non-vegan) cut into chunks or triangles as shown in the picture. ( I use extra firm homemade tofu. Recipe here)(Because the homemade tofu I make is firmer, I prefer to soak it in hot water before using. It gives a softer texture too)
  • After cutting the tofu/paneer into chunks and soak it in hot and salted water for few minutes.

Step-2: Prepare Gravy:

  • In a medium sized saucepan or frying pan add a cup of almond milk or a cup of coconut milk.

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  • Add a half of cup of pumpkin purée.(this gives the curry a sweet, creamy and thick base)
  • To this mixture, add two tbsp to 1/4 cup Indian curry paste. My version is here!

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  • Mix well.
  • Add 2 tbsp of tomato paste(I use the store bought ones).
  • Now add spices: 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp hot curry powder.

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  • Mix well and allow the mixture to simmer.

Step-3: Add Tofu/Paneer:

  • At this point, add tofu or paneer.

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  • Now add a tablespoon of coconut cream/vegan butter/real butter or heavy cream if non-vegan. Mix well. This step is totally optional.

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  • Add a pinch of sweetener, preferably any sugar-free variety if your gravy doesn’t have a mild sweetness. Again, this step is optional.
  • Adjust salt and top the curry with some dried fenugreek leaves.

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  • Add a pinch of Garam Masala and the curry is ready.
  • Enjoy this curry with cauliflower rice/brown rice, roti or naan or with some quinoa.
  • Next time when you want to try something super healthy yet fancy Indian curry in a jiffy, remember this easy five minute vegan paneer masala.

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Nutrition Facts:

five minute vegan paneer masala

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easy five minute vegan paneer masala
Easy five minute vegan paneer masala
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Make this easy five minute vegan paneer masala whenever you crave for a comforting curry. It's super easy, quick and satisfying. Remember to make your curry paste ready, so you can whip up the curry in minutes.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Calories: 141 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup extra firm tofu
  • 2tbsp-1/4 cup tbsp Indian curry paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk/almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the paneer or tofu into chunks and soak it in hot and salted water for few minutes.

  2. In a medium sized saucepan or frying pan add a cup of almond milk or a cup of coconut milk.


  3. Add a half of cup of pumpkin purée.

  4. To this mixture, add two tbsp of India curry paste. Mix well.

  5. Now add spices: 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp hot curry powder.

  6. Mix well and allow the mixture to simmer. At this point, add tofu or paneer.

  7. Now add a tablespoon of coconut cream/vegan butter/real butter or heavy cream. Mix well. This step is totally optional.

  8. Add a pinch of sweetener, preferably sugar free variety or a tsp of honey(if non-vegan).

  9. If you want your gravy thinner, add a half cup of hot water or vegetable broth at this point.

  10. Adjust salt and top the curry with dried fenugreek leaves.

  11. Add a pinch of Garam Masala and the curry is ready.

  12. Next time when you want to try something super healthy yet fancy Indian curry in a jiffy, remember this easy five minute vegan paneer masala,

Recipe Notes

Skip pumpkin puree in this recipe if you don't like this vegetable.

Increase the amount of curry paste to 1/4 cup for a spicier curry.

Add more coconut milk for a creamier gravy.

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