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a serving of vegan khada masala murg curry with tofu served with a side of spinach and flatbread

Vegan Khada Masala Murg Curry

Try Khada Masala Murg with Baked Tofu – a delicious dhaba style vegan chicken curry  featuring oven-baked tofu simmered in a wonderfully aromatic sauce made with a blend of Indian whole spices. Serve with rice or flatbread.

a serving of Khada Masala Murg with flatbread and a side salad

Lovers of Indian Dhaba curries need to try this Khada Masala Murg

Here’s an easy vegan spin on Khada Masala Murg. The recipe title translates to “whole spice chicken” and which has a sauce that is flavored with a bunch of whole spices.

This is a Dhaba-style masala – so the flavors are as you would expect them from a real Indian roadside restaurant (Dhaba) . While the original uses chicken, we are using tofu as a meat substitute. You can also use other chikin subs in the sauce. Or use cooked chickpeas or roasted veggies. The sauce is the star here and you can put it on anything to make it taste amazing.

a serving of baked tofu with a side of salad and flatbread with a golden fork on the side

The sauce is inspired by an old family recipe. One of my uncles used to make amazing complex flavored spicy sauces with chicken or other any other meat. All of the flavor in the sauce was from aromatics and spices. Then why use it with just meat! The flavorful seasoned sauce can be used with anything.

—and wanted to recreate his signature masala. It’s made with a tempering to which  we add onion, chili, garlic and ground garam masala. YUM.

Really, those Indian sauces can be used with anything! I use baked tofu here. We tear the tofu into pieces to resemble chicken pieces and coat it in a blend of spices and cornflour, then bake until crispy golden.

The sauce used whole spices like cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and black cardamom pod. Black cardamom is a larger black colored cardamom pod and is different from green cardamom. It has a smoky minty flavor profile. For the true authentic flavor, do try the sauce with black cardamom (more recipes with the spice are in the drafts). Use green cardamom pod if you don’t have any.

a pan with vegan Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu sprinkled with chopped cilantro

Why you will love this khada masala curry

  • This sauce is flavor packed!
  • all the whole spices work in harmony to create multiple layers of flavor
  • Use whatever spices you have there is a lot of fluid buildup so a spice here and there will still yield excellent flavor
  • it is a Nutfree Glutenfree recipe
  • You can Easily Change up the protein to make it Soyfree
  • Like my other dhaba style recipes, it introduces you to different flavors, spices and dhaba style Cooking!

a serving of vegan khada masala murg curry with tofu served with a side of spinach and flatbread

I have made this for my family, for weekend dinner gatherings with friends, and even special occasions, and is always was a huge success:

More Indian tofu curry recipes:

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Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu

Try Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu – a delicious yet simple tofu curry featuring oven-baked tofu simmered in a wonderfully aromatic gravy made with a blend of Indian spices. Serve with rice or flatbread. 

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: dhaba chicken curry, murg masala, vegan tofu curry spicy

Servings: 4

Calories: 159kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the tofu chikin

  • 14 ounce (400 g) firm or extra firm tofu pressed for at least 15 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning optional

For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 hot green chili such as serrano or Indian green chili ,finely chopped or 1 tablespoon chopped use mild chili
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 3 medium-large tomatoes chopped small 1 3/4 cups
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or paprika
  • 1 cup (240 ml) or more water as needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

Instructions

  • Bake the tofu: Press the tofu for atleast 15 mins. Then use your hands to tear the tofu into bite sized pieces so that they are organically shaped. Add to a bowl.

  • Mix the garlic powder, paprika and poultry seasoning(if using) into the corn starch. Then sprinkle all over the tofu, toss well to coat. Spread this tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake at 400F (205C) for 20-25 minutes.

  • Crush the spices. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom pod, black peppercorns to a mortar and pestle and crush to make a coarse mixture. You can also put them in a spice blender and pulse. We want the spices to be coarsely broken down and not powder.

  • Make the sauce: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cook until the bay leaves start to turn brown and the spices are fragrant.

  • Then add the onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion is golden. Depending on your pan you might need to sprinkle a little bit of water every now and then to deglaze, as well as to help the onions brown. Sometimes the onions don’t have enough moisture so you’ll want some moisture for the heat conduction from the pan into the onions and they’ll brown evenly. (5-8 mins)

  • Once they are starting to get golden, add in the green chili and the ginger garlic paste, then mix well and continue to cook for a minute or two, then add in the garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika.

  • Stir really well, then add the tomatoes, salt and mix well and cook until the tomatoes are really jammy. Add sprinkles of water in between to help the tomatoes cook evenly. 5-7 mins. Mash the large pieces and continue to cook. Once the tomatoes are jammy, add ½ a cup to ¾ of water and mix well.

  • Once the mixture starts to come to a boil, taste and adjust the salt and flavor in the sauce. Then add the baked tofu and toss well to coat.

  • Let it simmer for a minute or two then switch off the heat. We simmer the tofu just for a minute so that it stays somewhat crisp. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with some flat bread, garlic bread or rice.

Notes

  • This is quite a spicy recipe, so to tone it down you can use less black pepper and omit the cayenne and paprika altogether. You can also add in some cashew cream or coconut cream to the sauce to tone it down.
  • Soyfree: Use vegan chicken subs of choice that are Soyfree or use seitan. Or use hearty vegetables. Bake the veggies instead of tofu. You can also use a can of chickpeas instead as well. No need to bake the chickpeas. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu

Amount Per Serving

Calories 159
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 340mg15%

Potassium 238mg7%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 713IU14%

Vitamin C 13mg16%

Calcium 158mg16%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for making khada Masala Murg

 

Ingredients:

  •  firm or extra firm tofu pressed for at least 15 minutes
  • we coat the tofu with a mix of cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika and poultry seasoning
  • for the tempering, we crush whole spices: cumin seeds, cloves, black cardamom pod, black pepper corns, cinnamon stick and bay leaves before frying them in oil
  • black cardamom is different from green cardamom and has a smoky minty flavor profile that pairs well with cinnamon. For the true authentic flavor, do try the sauce with black cardamom or use green pod if you don’t have any.
  • to the seasoned oil, we add chopped onion, green chili and ginger garlic paste to form the base of the gravy
  • tomatoes lend body to the gravy
  • ground spices: a blend of garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika are added to the gravy to finish it all off
  • salt: adjust the amount to your personal taste
    I like to use cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

Tips:

  • you can adjust the flavor profile as per your taste.
  • This is quite a spicy recipe, so to tone it down you can use less black pepper and omit the cayenne and paprika altogether. You can also add in some cashew cream or coconut cream to the sauce to tone it down. Add instead of water and bring to a boil, then add tofu.
  • Some brands of paprika can be really hot so if you’re using paprika, use less of it or omit it altogether.
  • Soyfree: Use vegan chicken subs of choice that are Soyfree or use seitan. Or use hearty vegetables. Bake the veggies instead of tofu. You can also use a can of chickpeas instead as well. No need to bake the chickpeas.

How to make Khada Masala Murg

pieces on torn-up firm tofu in a white bowl

Bake the tofu : press the tofu and then use your hands to tear the tofu into bite sized pieces so that they are organically shaped. Add to a bowl.

torn up firm tofu coated with spices and cornstarch

Mix the garlic powder and paprika and poultry seasoning into the corn starch. Then sprinkle all over the tofu, toss well to coat. Spread this tofu on a parchment lined baking sheet, then bake at 400F (205C) for 20-25 minutes.

coated pieces of tofu on a baking sheet

Crush the spices. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom pod, black peppercorns to a mortar and pestle and crush to make a coarse mixture.

You can also put them in spice blender and pulse, you don’t want a powder, but just coarsely broken down spices.

crushed whole spices in a small dish

Then heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cook until the bay leaves start to turn brown and the spices are fragrant.

a frying pan with hot oil with added whole spices for making tempering

chopped red onion being added to a frying pan tempering

Then add the onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion is golden. Depending on your pan you might need to sprinkle a little bit of water every now and then to deglaze as well as to help the onions brown.

Sometimes the onions don’t have enough moisture so you’ll want some moisture for the heat conduction from the pan into the onions and they’ll brown evenly. (5-8 mins)

sauteed onion and whole Indian spices in a sauteeing pan

Once they are starting to get golden, add in the green chili and the ginger garlic paste, then mix well and continue to cook for a minute or two, then add in the garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika.

ginger garlic paste being added to sauteed onion and Indian tempering in a frying pan

ground spices being added to tempering

tempering in a sauteeing pan

tomatoes being added to a frying pan with spices and sauteed onions for making gravy

Stir really well, then add the tomatoes, salt and mix well and cook until the tomatoes are really jammy.

Add sprinkles of water in between to help the tomatoes cook evenly. 5-7 mins. Mash the large pieces and continue to cook. Once the tomatoes are jammy, add ½ a cup to ¾ of water and mix well.

Indian tomato gravy in a frying pan

chili powder and paprika being added to frying pan

vegan gravy for khada masala murg in a frying pan

baked tofu chunks being added to a frying pan with Indian gravy

Once the mixture starts to come to a boil, taste and adjust the salt and flavor in the sauce. Then add the baked tofu and toss well to coat.

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu on a cooking plate in a sauteeing pan

Let it simmer for a minute then switch off the heat. We simmer the tofu just for a minute , so that it stays somewhat crisp. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with some flatbread, garlic bread or some rice.

overhead shot of a sauteeing pan with Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu sprinkled with cilantro

Storage:

Refrigerate leftovers for upto 3 days.  Freeze for upto a month

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a serving of vegan khada masala murg curry with tofu served with a side of spinach and flatbread

Vegan Khada Masala Murg Curry

Try Khada Masala Murg with Baked Tofu – a delicious dhaba style vegan chicken curry  featuring oven-baked tofu simmered in a wonderfully aromatic sauce made with a blend of Indian whole spices. Serve with rice or flatbread.

a serving of Khada Masala Murg with flatbread and a side salad

Lovers of Indian Dhaba curries need to try this Khada Masala Murg

Here’s an easy vegan spin on Khada Masala Murg. The recipe title translates to “whole spice chicken” and which has a sauce that is flavored with a bunch of whole spices.

This is a Dhaba-style masala – so the flavors are as you would expect them from a real Indian roadside restaurant (Dhaba) . While the original uses chicken, we are using tofu as a meat substitute. You can also use other chikin subs in the sauce. Or use cooked chickpeas or roasted veggies. The sauce is the star here and you can put it on anything to make it taste amazing.

a serving of baked tofu with a side of salad and flatbread with a golden fork on the side

The sauce is inspired by an old family recipe. One of my uncles used to make amazing complex flavored spicy sauces with chicken or other any other meat. All of the flavor in the sauce was from aromatics and spices. Then why use it with just meat! The flavorful seasoned sauce can be used with anything.

—and wanted to recreate his signature masala. It’s made with a tempering to which  we add onion, chili, garlic and ground garam masala. YUM.

Really, those Indian sauces can be used with anything! I use baked tofu here. We tear the tofu into pieces to resemble chicken pieces and coat it in a blend of spices and cornflour, then bake until crispy golden.

The sauce used whole spices like cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and black cardamom pod. Black cardamom is a larger black colored cardamom pod and is different from green cardamom. It has a smoky minty flavor profile. For the true authentic flavor, do try the sauce with black cardamom (more recipes with the spice are in the drafts). Use green cardamom pod if you don’t have any.

a pan with vegan Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu sprinkled with chopped cilantro

Why you will love this khada masala curry

  • This sauce is flavor packed!
  • all the whole spices work in harmony to create multiple layers of flavor
  • Use whatever spices you have there is a lot of fluid buildup so a spice here and there will still yield excellent flavor
  • it is a Nutfree Glutenfree recipe
  • You can Easily Change up the protein to make it Soyfree
  • Like my other dhaba style recipes, it introduces you to different flavors, spices and dhaba style Cooking!

a serving of vegan khada masala murg curry with tofu served with a side of spinach and flatbread

I have made this for my family, for weekend dinner gatherings with friends, and even special occasions, and is always was a huge success:

More Indian tofu curry recipes:

Print Recipe

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu

Try Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu – a delicious yet simple tofu curry featuring oven-baked tofu simmered in a wonderfully aromatic gravy made with a blend of Indian spices. Serve with rice or flatbread. 

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: dhaba chicken curry, murg masala, vegan tofu curry spicy

Servings: 4

Calories: 159kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the tofu chikin

  • 14 ounce (400 g) firm or extra firm tofu pressed for at least 15 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning optional

For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 hot green chili such as serrano or Indian green chili ,finely chopped or 1 tablespoon chopped use mild chili
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 3 medium-large tomatoes chopped small 1 3/4 cups
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or paprika
  • 1 cup (240 ml) or more water as needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

Instructions

  • Bake the tofu: Press the tofu for atleast 15 mins. Then use your hands to tear the tofu into bite sized pieces so that they are organically shaped. Add to a bowl.

  • Mix the garlic powder, paprika and poultry seasoning(if using) into the corn starch. Then sprinkle all over the tofu, toss well to coat. Spread this tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake at 400F (205C) for 20-25 minutes.

  • Crush the spices. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom pod, black peppercorns to a mortar and pestle and crush to make a coarse mixture. You can also put them in a spice blender and pulse. We want the spices to be coarsely broken down and not powder.

  • Make the sauce: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cook until the bay leaves start to turn brown and the spices are fragrant.

  • Then add the onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion is golden. Depending on your pan you might need to sprinkle a little bit of water every now and then to deglaze, as well as to help the onions brown. Sometimes the onions don’t have enough moisture so you’ll want some moisture for the heat conduction from the pan into the onions and they’ll brown evenly. (5-8 mins)

  • Once they are starting to get golden, add in the green chili and the ginger garlic paste, then mix well and continue to cook for a minute or two, then add in the garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika.

  • Stir really well, then add the tomatoes, salt and mix well and cook until the tomatoes are really jammy. Add sprinkles of water in between to help the tomatoes cook evenly. 5-7 mins. Mash the large pieces and continue to cook. Once the tomatoes are jammy, add ½ a cup to ¾ of water and mix well.

  • Once the mixture starts to come to a boil, taste and adjust the salt and flavor in the sauce. Then add the baked tofu and toss well to coat.

  • Let it simmer for a minute or two then switch off the heat. We simmer the tofu just for a minute so that it stays somewhat crisp. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with some flat bread, garlic bread or rice.

Notes

  • This is quite a spicy recipe, so to tone it down you can use less black pepper and omit the cayenne and paprika altogether. You can also add in some cashew cream or coconut cream to the sauce to tone it down.
  • Soyfree: Use vegan chicken subs of choice that are Soyfree or use seitan. Or use hearty vegetables. Bake the veggies instead of tofu. You can also use a can of chickpeas instead as well. No need to bake the chickpeas. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu

Amount Per Serving

Calories 159
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 340mg15%

Potassium 238mg7%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 713IU14%

Vitamin C 13mg16%

Calcium 158mg16%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for making khada Masala Murg

 

Ingredients:

  •  firm or extra firm tofu pressed for at least 15 minutes
  • we coat the tofu with a mix of cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika and poultry seasoning
  • for the tempering, we crush whole spices: cumin seeds, cloves, black cardamom pod, black pepper corns, cinnamon stick and bay leaves before frying them in oil
  • black cardamom is different from green cardamom and has a smoky minty flavor profile that pairs well with cinnamon. For the true authentic flavor, do try the sauce with black cardamom or use green pod if you don’t have any.
  • to the seasoned oil, we add chopped onion, green chili and ginger garlic paste to form the base of the gravy
  • tomatoes lend body to the gravy
  • ground spices: a blend of garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika are added to the gravy to finish it all off
  • salt: adjust the amount to your personal taste
    I like to use cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

Tips:

  • you can adjust the flavor profile as per your taste.
  • This is quite a spicy recipe, so to tone it down you can use less black pepper and omit the cayenne and paprika altogether. You can also add in some cashew cream or coconut cream to the sauce to tone it down. Add instead of water and bring to a boil, then add tofu.
  • Some brands of paprika can be really hot so if you’re using paprika, use less of it or omit it altogether.
  • Soyfree: Use vegan chicken subs of choice that are Soyfree or use seitan. Or use hearty vegetables. Bake the veggies instead of tofu. You can also use a can of chickpeas instead as well. No need to bake the chickpeas.

How to make Khada Masala Murg

pieces on torn-up firm tofu in a white bowl

Bake the tofu : press the tofu and then use your hands to tear the tofu into bite sized pieces so that they are organically shaped. Add to a bowl.

torn up firm tofu coated with spices and cornstarch

Mix the garlic powder and paprika and poultry seasoning into the corn starch. Then sprinkle all over the tofu, toss well to coat. Spread this tofu on a parchment lined baking sheet, then bake at 400F (205C) for 20-25 minutes.

coated pieces of tofu on a baking sheet

Crush the spices. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom pod, black peppercorns to a mortar and pestle and crush to make a coarse mixture.

You can also put them in spice blender and pulse, you don’t want a powder, but just coarsely broken down spices.

crushed whole spices in a small dish

Then heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cook until the bay leaves start to turn brown and the spices are fragrant.

a frying pan with hot oil with added whole spices for making tempering

chopped red onion being added to a frying pan tempering

Then add the onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion is golden. Depending on your pan you might need to sprinkle a little bit of water every now and then to deglaze as well as to help the onions brown.

Sometimes the onions don’t have enough moisture so you’ll want some moisture for the heat conduction from the pan into the onions and they’ll brown evenly. (5-8 mins)

sauteed onion and whole Indian spices in a sauteeing pan

Once they are starting to get golden, add in the green chili and the ginger garlic paste, then mix well and continue to cook for a minute or two, then add in the garam masala and Kashmiri chili powder or paprika.

ginger garlic paste being added to sauteed onion and Indian tempering in a frying pan

ground spices being added to tempering

tempering in a sauteeing pan

tomatoes being added to a frying pan with spices and sauteed onions for making gravy

Stir really well, then add the tomatoes, salt and mix well and cook until the tomatoes are really jammy.

Add sprinkles of water in between to help the tomatoes cook evenly. 5-7 mins. Mash the large pieces and continue to cook. Once the tomatoes are jammy, add ½ a cup to ¾ of water and mix well.

Indian tomato gravy in a frying pan

chili powder and paprika being added to frying pan

vegan gravy for khada masala murg in a frying pan

baked tofu chunks being added to a frying pan with Indian gravy

Once the mixture starts to come to a boil, taste and adjust the salt and flavor in the sauce. Then add the baked tofu and toss well to coat.

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu on a cooking plate in a sauteeing pan

Let it simmer for a minute then switch off the heat. We simmer the tofu just for a minute , so that it stays somewhat crisp. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with some flatbread, garlic bread or some rice.

overhead shot of a sauteeing pan with Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu sprinkled with cilantro

Storage:

Refrigerate leftovers for upto 3 days.  Freeze for upto a month

side view of a serving of vegan kadha masala murg curry served with greens and flatbread

 

 

 

 

Khada Masala Murg Curry with Baked Tofu

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