Saag Tofu

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1 pound firm tofu, large dice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 teaspoons garam masala
4 teaspoons kosher salt
3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 medium plum tomatoes, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 pound baby spinach
1/2 cup plain Greek-style whole-milk yogurt


1. Combine tofu with 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of the garam masala, and 2 teaspoons of the salt. Mix gently to coat tofu; set aside.

2. Heat a large (12-inch) frying pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When it shimmers, add tofu in a single layer and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

3. Wipe out the pan, return it to the stovetop over medium heat, and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. When it shimmers, add garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and ginger and cook until tomatoes just start to soften, about 2 minutes.

4. Add spinach in handfuls and stir frequently, scraping the bottom of the pan to incorporate any browned bits. Cook until spinach is very wilted and liquid is cooked off, about 7 minutes. Stir in reserved tofu and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, stir together remaining garam masala, remaining salt, and yogurt and add to spinach mixture. Stir until well mixed and serve.
Saag, a stew of spinach and spices, is one of the most common offerings at Indian restaurants. We added tofu for a quick, delicious dish.


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