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Easy Five Minute Vegan Paneer Masala

by Sophie

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.

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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

easy five minute vegan paneer masala

Easy five minute vegan paneer masala

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.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Plantbased curry, Tofu butter masala, Vegan paneer masala
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 141kcal
Cost: $6

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

  • Cut the paneer or tofu into chunks and soak it in hot and salted water for few minutes.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan or frying pan add a cup of almond milk or a cup of coconut milk.
  • Add a half of cup of pumpkin purée.
  • To this mixture, add two tbsp of India curry paste. Mix well.
  • Now add spices: 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp hot curry powder.
  • Mix well and allow the mixture to simmer. At this point, add tofu or paneer.
  • Now add a tablespoon of coconut cream/vegan butter/real butter or heavy cream. Mix well. This step is totally optional.
  • Add a pinch of sweetener, preferably sugar free variety or a tsp of honey(if non-vegan).
  • If you want your gravy thinner, add a half cup of hot water or vegetable broth at this point.
  • Adjust salt and top the curry with dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Add a pinch of Garam Masala and the curry is ready.

Instant Pot Method

  • Set the IP to the saute mode. Add a cup of almond milk or a cup of coconut milk. Add a half of cup of pumpkin purée.
  • To this mixture, add two tbsp of India curry paste, all the listed spices and mix well.
  • Now add tofu or paneer and adjust salt.
  • Pressure cook for 1-minute on low. After the instant pot beeps, allow natural pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add coconut cream, 1/2 cup hot water and a pinch of sweetener. Bring the gravy to a boil.
  • Add garam masala and finish the curry with some fresh cilantro.
  • Serve warm.
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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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Nutrition

Serving: 240g | Calories: 141kcal
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26 comments

Martina April 3, 2018 - 11:56 am

5 stars
Looks really yum… I will try this out. 🙂

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Sophie April 3, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Thanks Martina!

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Laithan June 10, 2019 - 11:48 am

5 stars
That looks delicious! I will have to try this out ?

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Danielle June 10, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Not a big tofu fan, but this recipe looks so good!

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Estefany Lemus June 10, 2019 - 8:11 pm

Same! I don’t like tofu but looks good

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Kelly June 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Can’t wait to try this! Thanks

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Neil Alvin Nicerio June 11, 2019 - 4:04 am

Yummy! The dish really looks delicious. Would try this at home.

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Ivan Jose June 11, 2019 - 9:31 am

5 stars
Delicious! I’m sure this smells as heavenly as it looks.

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Adrienne June 11, 2019 - 2:12 pm

5 stars
This looks soooo good I never had tofu this wat I typically feel like it doesn’t taste like anything but this is dressed up I would try this out looks great

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oluborode ayokanmi June 11, 2019 - 5:54 pm

5 stars
Will give this a try.

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Pool Operator Talk June 11, 2019 - 9:39 pm

this looks amazing. I love marsala!

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Maysz June 12, 2019 - 3:31 am

5 stars
This recipe looks yummy and healthy I will try to make this at home 🙂

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Blair villanueva June 13, 2019 - 4:59 am

5 stars
Your new vegan masala is making me hungry. I want this for dinner 🙂

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Thank you Blair

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:27 pm

Thank you so much Maya

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Suanlian Tangpua June 12, 2019 - 9:26 am

5 stars
Hello from Delhi! 😉 but I am from northeast India. I love Paneer it’s a very good source of protein, right.

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:26 pm

That’s so cool! Some of my friends are from Manipur and I love their culture. Good to meet you.

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Hackytips June 12, 2019 - 3:32 pm

5 stars
I know to cook Paneer-Matar masala in 15 minutes. 5 minutes is really great and life-saving.

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:24 pm

Thank you, hope you enjoy making them.

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Thuy June 12, 2019 - 10:52 pm

5 stars
I love how simple this is and I can’t get over how awesome you are for making your own tofu and curry. Sounds like a really healthy recipe full of protein and flavor

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:23 pm

Thank you so much.

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nadj June 13, 2019 - 5:12 am

5 stars
Looks yummy! and what’s good is it’s easy to prepare!

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:22 pm

You bet! Super easy to prepare.

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Stephanie Stebbins June 13, 2019 - 10:35 am

5 stars
Yummo!

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pooja Malkani June 14, 2019 - 1:18 pm

5 stars
Love easy quick recipes! Since I really dont have patience to cook. Thanks for sharing

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:21 pm

Thank you Puja

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