This recipe takes its inspiration from the Indian dish 'palak paneer' - a rich and delicious cheese dish in a creamy spinach sauce. Without sacrificing the flavor, we wanted to create a vegan version that could act as a healthy main dish. And here you have it! Instead of cream, this dish uses soy milk, and instead of cheese, we use tofu. Try it and let us know what you think!
1 package " Ясо" tofu cut into small squares
1 pack soy milk (available in Almaty, as with tofu, from veggie.kz)
1 large bunch of spinach
1 bunch cilantro
1 medium sized squash, cut into small squares
Splash of lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
Spices and more:
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/3 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/3 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of asafetida and cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Heat the oil, add cumin seeds, turmeric, pinch of asafetida and cinnamon. Fry the spices for 30 seconds, add tofu and squash. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. In the meantime, mix the spinach, cilantro and soy milk in a blender or Magic Bullet. If very thick, add a bit of water. Pour the green spinach mixture over the tofu and squash, let cook for at least 15 minutes on low heat stirring occasionally. Finally, once you turn off the heat, add the coconut flakes, soy sauce and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rice.