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Vegan Butter "Chicken" with Baked Tofu

40 min


This veganized butter chicken is sure to become a new dinner favourite! It's beautifully spiced and wonderfully creamy. The grilled tofu has a great texture, bursting with flavour, while the blended cashews and coconut milk add a velvety creaminess to this delicious curry.



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  • 16 oz (450 g)
    firm tofu, pressed, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    unsweetened soy yogurt
  • 2 tsp (3 g)
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground coriander
  • ½ tsp
    ground turmeric
  • 1 pinch


  • ¼ cup (32 g)
    raw cashews
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 5
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 1
    jalapeño, seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tsp (4 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1½ Tbsp (8 g)
  • 1½ Tbsp (8 g)
    ground coriander
  • 1½ Tbsp (9 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
  • ¼ tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1⅔ cups (400 g)
    canned diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (66 g)
    tomato paste
  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk

Serves well with


  1. Soak the raw cashews in boiling water to soften. Set aside for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the tofu, yogurt, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt.
  3. Transfer the tofu to a lined baking tray and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.
  4. To a large pot on medium-high heat, sauté the oil, garlic, onion, jalapeño, and ginger for 5 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pan.
  5. Add in the garam masala, coriander, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 more minute, stirring throughout to toast the spices.
  6. Then add the drained cashews, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, agave syrup, and coconut milk.
  7. Blend everything using an immersion blender or transfer to a standing blender to blend until smooth. Let simmer on low, and cover with a lid.
  8. Once the tofu is golden, remove it from the oven and add it to the pot. Give it a gentle stir.
  9. Serve with naan or rice. Enjoy!


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Grains & Starches 41%

vegan naan

Proteins 26%

firm tofu

unsweetened soy yogurt

raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 33%

clove garlic

large onion


freshly grated ginger

canned diced tomatoes

tomato paste


firm tofu

unsweetened soy yogurt


raw cashews

vegetable oil

canned full-fat coconut milk

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Deirdre - Sept. 20, 2023, 4:48 p.m.

This was absolutely delicious! Even my tofu averse family loved it💕. I added some spinach and chickpeas to make it a little more hearty and it will definitely be on rotation in our house.

PUL Team - Sept. 21, 2023, 1:31 a.m.

Mmm love the ideas to add to it, Deirdre - thank you! We hope you and your family continue to enjoy the vegan butter "chicken 💛

Caroline - Sept. 9, 2023, 6:25 a.m.

My absolute favorite dish. If I want to convince people of vegan cuisine, this is what I serve them. The always ask for more.

Rosie - Sept. 3, 2023, 9:14 a.m.

I made this dish for my 13 yo sister and my husband and we all absolutely loved it. Together with homemade naan also from the app the dish was heaven.

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2023, 2:20 a.m.

Aw how nice of you to make it for your sister, Rosie! Thank you 🤗

Bryn M. - Aug. 25, 2023, 6:06 p.m.

This dish is absolutely delicious…and easy. I’m a longtime PUL follower but only since I got the app have I actually been making the recipes (I’m embarrassed to admit!). The quality of the app and ease of use is incredible, and I’ve never been so inspired to cook as I am since I got the app. Congrats PUL team and I look forward to making more recipes :)

PUL Team - Aug. 26, 2023, 4:30 a.m.

Oh, Bryn, hearing that the app inspires cooking is such a big compliment! Thanks for letting PUL be part of your culinary adventure 😃

Laura Valean - Aug. 25, 2023, 11:34 a.m.

Great recipe! My family and I love it!

Nicole - Aug. 24, 2023, 1:29 a.m.

This is amazing. Definitely a make again!

Aditi Sharma - Aug. 19, 2023, 2:47 p.m.

This tofu recipe is delicious and one of my favourites for dinner.

Margaret - Aug. 16, 2023, 5:18 p.m.

A burst of delicious flavor in every bite!

I didn’t have plain nondairy yogurt, so I used coconut milk I’d had sitting in the fridge. It had a yogurt-like consistency, so it worked as a great substitute.

Hannah - July 25, 2023, 7:58 p.m.

This is the best tofu curry I have ever had! I have never managed to crack tikka masala….until now!! Whole family loved it. Great recipe 🥰♥️

PUL Team - July 27, 2023, 2:17 a.m.

A huge compliment, Hannah, thank you! 🤩

Sven - July 1, 2023, 1:54 p.m.

One of the first recipes we've ever tried from this website, and still one of our favorites years later!

Monica - June 27, 2023, 12:10 p.m.

Yessss! Finally found the best vegan butter chicken recipe!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe. My partner is not vegan and so butter chicken has always been a favourite for him at his favourite Indian restaurant. After trying this vegan version he says this recipe is even better! Everyone needs to try this.

Rebecca - June 27, 2023, 11:05 a.m.

This has become one of our favourite meals. I was wondering whether I could batch cook the recipe and freeze the sauce and add tofu when needed?

PUL Team - June 27, 2023, 9:27 p.m.

Hey there, Rebecca, we've heard a positive review from Kally who did this 😃

Rosie - May 21, 2023, 6:33 p.m.

Loved this 😊 I garnished with a dollop of soy yogurt, coriander and flaked almonds. Next time I’ll marinate the tofu for a couple of hours ahead of time just for a bit more ‘umph’. Thank you Sadia & PickUpLimes team ♥️

PUL Team - May 21, 2023, 9:26 p.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled to hear, Rosie, thank YOU 😃

David Tootill - May 2, 2023, 6:43 a.m.

Excellent. Another triumph!

Regina - April 20, 2023, 11:02 p.m.

Tiffany - April 5, 2023, 1:09 a.m.

Love this recipe! You always have clear instructions and food that hits the pallet just right... Thanks for doing the hard work for me so I can simply enjoy the ride.

PUL Team - April 7, 2023, 7:08 a.m.

Aw thanks so much, Tiffany - happy cooking!

Emily - March 25, 2023, 9:19 p.m.

I make this sauce all the time, it is a 10/10. I don't do the tofu, just chuck in a couple of cans of chickpeas. SO GOOD.

Hannah - Feb. 22, 2023, 8:52 p.m.

Yum! Very flavorful, easy to whip together, and I loved the smell of the tofu as it cooked in the yogurt spice. Next time I would omit the cashews, they made my sauce grainy even after blending on high speed, but I will DEFINITELY be making this again!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2023, 6:31 p.m.

Hey Hannah, if the cashews didn't soak for the recommended 10 minutes, boiling water can be used to soften them and ensure a creamy texture instead of a grainy one. They can definitely be omitted too though. So happy the recipe was still enjoyed 😃

Nadine - Feb. 10, 2023, 10:26 a.m.

This is a delicious, heardwarming recipe<3<3<3

Alexandria Mumma - Feb. 9, 2023, 6:51 p.m.

This recipe is my husband and I's absolute favorite cold weather meal. Honestly, we quit eating out after I found the Pick Up Limes channel on youtube. Thank you guys for everything you do!

PUL Team - Feb. 9, 2023, 10:47 p.m.

A huuuge compliment, Alexandria! Thanks for helping make our PUL community so incredible 💛

Martina - Jan. 25, 2023, 6:31 p.m.

Thank you so much for this incredible recipe and the hard work you put into delivering such amazing content! It's not the first PUL recipe I try (I have been following you for months now), but it's definitely the best so far. I will surely cook this again and again as long as the cold Berlin winter lasts. :)

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2023, 6:11 a.m.

Awe thank you for helping make our PUL community so incredible, Martina! Sending lots of love (and warmth wishes!) to Berlin 🤗

Breana - Jan. 23, 2023, 11:38 a.m.

This is a favorite recipe of ours. I know you don’t like to focus on the numbers but I just wanted to see however what a serving size is. Is it 1 cup? It never shows up on the nutrition facts.

PUL Team - Jan. 25, 2023, 4:14 p.m.

Hey Breana, a serving is a quarter of the recipe which is closer to 1.5 cups for this one. It depends a bit on how saucy the curry ends up being. We'll note down the feedback and aim to be more specific with serving sizes 😃

Lucas - Jan. 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

This recipe (as all the others on this site) is just great. Made it twice now and it just doesn't fail. 11/10.

PUL Team - Jan. 23, 2023, 5:28 a.m.

So glad the recipe is being enjoyed, Lucas!

Alba - Jan. 20, 2023, 9:31 p.m.

Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe! I was missing butter chicken but not after making your version! Your creative dishes make being vegan so much fun :)

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2023, 12:40 a.m.

Awe we're so thrilled to hear, Alba, it means so much! Thanks for letting PUL be part of your vegan journey 🌱

Syrga - Jan. 16, 2023, 3:20 a.m.

It is delicious!

Monsa - Jan. 8, 2023, 1:38 a.m.

Hello is it a must agave syrup to be used? Can it be substituted for something else or be left out entirely?

PUL Team - Jan. 8, 2023, 5:35 p.m.

Hey Monsa, it's definitely not a must. It simply helps to balance out the tartness from the tomatoes. You can leave it out entirely, or if you find it a tad too tart when taste-testing, add a little sweetener of any kind, like sugar for example :) Enjoy!

Julie Kikatibzh - Jan. 7, 2023, 8:30 p.m.

We enjoyed this curry very much. It was a nice change from our usual dalh. It is very creamy and flavoursome. We served it with basmati rice, curried patra leaves, poppadoms and lime pickle 😋 With the pad thai, this is another Saturday favourite. Thank you!

Chelsea - Jan. 7, 2023, 5:02 p.m.

I'm crazy about this recipes. :-D But everything is sooooo good. Keep going :-) it's so cool and we love your food.

Thanks you

PUL Team - Jan. 7, 2023, 9:13 p.m.

Thank you so much, Chelsea! 🤗

Carine - Jan. 3, 2023, 2:11 p.m.

Fantastic curry. My kids absolutely love it!

Mari - Dec. 16, 2022, 7:04 p.m.

This is on constant rotation at my house and it turned out absolutely delicious - as always! I did not bother to de-seed the jalapeno though :-)

PUL Team - Dec. 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Thanks for taking the time to share, Mari!

Ashby - Dec. 6, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

This was incredible! I didn't use cashews but it was fine without and the sauce was brilliant and the tofu was lovely. I might make either separately and explore combining them with other dishes. I cannot get over the warmth and kick and tastiness. This was the kind of dish I always assumed I could only get in a restaurant or as a takeaway, so happy to know I can make it. I made it with rice.

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2022, 5:50 a.m.

Oh, Ashby, it means so much! So glad the dish was enjoyed and happy cooking 🤗

Ida - Nov. 20, 2022, 11:39 a.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe Sadia. It's my mom's absolute favourite. Whenever I come home for a visit she asks me to make this meal for her. Usually she's not that fond of spicy foods but in this dish it is so well balanced and just feels warming. Last time I added some leftover fried zucchini and carrots to the sauce after blending which was also really good.
P.s I really enjoy watching your inspiring videos! They are always so calming.
Lots of love from Germany!

PUL Team - Nov. 20, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Oh, Ida, you're the sweetest! We're beyond happy to hear the recipe is being enjoyed. Sending hugs to Germany 🤗

Anika - Nov. 12, 2022, 1:21 p.m.

Hi! This is one of our family’s favourite dishes. Prepared it many times. Go to soul food for myself. Absolutely love it!

PUL Team - Nov. 12, 2022, 4:14 p.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Anika, thank you!

Kristy - Oct. 14, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

Any substitute for coconut milk I have some in the carton but not in the can, can I use cashew cream?

PUL Team - Oct. 15, 2022, 12:05 a.m.

Hey Kristy, coconut milk in a carton is much thinner than the full-full canned varieties. Cashew cream, or an alternative plant-based cream such as almond, would be nice for a creamy sauce. A homemade creamer (such as pulverized cashews in water), or unsweetened plant-based milk could also work for a thinner sauce. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try 😃

Louise - Aug. 13, 2022, 12:19 a.m.

Made this tonight for my Irish family who does not like spices. Left out the jalapeno - because I couldn't find it at the smart food mart where we are staying. They polished off the entire dish in one sitting. I think it was a hit!!!! Yesterday I did another one of your recipes - mushroom and chickpea coconut curry - another huge hit!!

Thank you, Sadia! My student teacher turned me on to your website and I have made several of your dishes!

PUL Team - Aug. 13, 2022, 7:59 a.m.

Aw we're smiling from ear to ear, Louise, thank YOU! It means so much 🤗

Victoria - July 27, 2022, 4:58 a.m.

Made this for a weeknight dinner! I think it took me 30-45 minutes? I didn't have yogurt for the tofu, so just used a bit of olive oil. Also didn't have cashews, so used 2 tablespoons of ground almonds instead. The garam masala is the dominant spice here, but the acidity from the tomatoes mellows it out. Must do the fresh cilantro!

PUL Team - July 28, 2022, 7:30 a.m.

Hiya Victoria, we appreciate the insight so much! We're so thrilled it was enjoyed with the modifications 🙂

Anishka - July 15, 2022, 1:59 a.m.

Absolutely loved this! Was a little skeptical about the quantity of spices but it was so unbelievably delicious, reminded me very much of the butter chicken my parents and I used to eat back home.

PUL Team - July 15, 2022, 4:22 a.m.

Woohoo! Love the personal connection to it as well, Anishka 🙂

Lisa - June 27, 2022, 2:21 p.m.

Dear PUL-Team,
one of my all time favorites! So flavourful.
Did you alter the recipe though? I think I used a whole can of coconut milk when I made it the last time.

Greetings from Germany!

PUL Team - June 27, 2022, 3:21 p.m.

Hey there, Lisa, so glad it's being enjoyed! Yes, you're right - it's a full can that should be used. Something must have changed without our knowledge, so thanks for letting us know about it. It should be fixed now. Sending hugs to Germany 🤗

Sarah - June 14, 2022, 10 a.m.

Sauce is absolutely boss. I see myself cooking this at least once a week. ❤️❤️
But because the sauce is so full of flavour marinating the tofu didn't add to the dish. In my opinion frying the tofu will do.

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

Thank you for sharing your experience with it, Sarah, we appreciate it to help PUL improve 🙂

Heidi Nielsen - June 12, 2022, 9:54 p.m.

What a lovely recipe. Made it for dinner ann the 15 people at my dorm is now forcing me to make it in two days for a common dinner. Really enjoyed it. Ps. Love your videos they are so cute to watch and really inspires me to take the time to make my dinners.

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 8:28 p.m.

Wow how nice of you to make it for everyone! Thank you for the kind words and support, Heidi 💛

Kally - June 11, 2022, 10:10 a.m.

I love this recipe! the sauce is absolutely delicious and the coconut milk adds an amazing creamy texture. Took a little longer because I don't own an immersion blender so I had to wait for the sauce to cool before transferring it to blender, but it was worth the wait! I've just made a double batch of the sauce to pop in the freezer for an easy mid-week dinner :)

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 3:22 a.m.

Oh how lovely to hear, Kally, thank you! So glad it was worth the wait 😃

Karen - June 10, 2022, 5:39 p.m.

I love this recipe! I've made a few tweaks but overall, I love the flavour, especially the sauce. Tastes just like I remember traditional butter chicken. Thank you so much.

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 3:26 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Karen, thank YOU 🙂

Nadine - June 9, 2022, 8:31 p.m.

I love this recipe. My non-vegan husband always cooks it for us. Instead of tofu we use baked seitan. We love it.

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:02 p.m.

Ooo love the use of seitan! Thanks a bunch, Nadine ✨

Kim - June 9, 2022, 7:55 p.m.

We've cooked this recipe plenty of times already! It is incredibly tasty and creamy, still we feel nourished after.
The only difference we make is that we don't bake the tofu prior - because we are lazy.. :D We just put it in the sauce to warm up and thats it.

Can't wait to cook it again :)

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

Ooo we appreciate the kind words, Kim! Thank you for taking the time to share 💛

Erica - June 9, 2022, 6:35 p.m.

Wow - this one is so delicious. My favorite cuisine is Indian and I love adding new Indian inspired recipes to my repertoire. Thank you!!

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 11:21 p.m.

Woop woop 🥳 It's a delicious cuisine indeed, Erica - thank you!

Alexandra - April 13, 2022, 5:22 p.m.

It was absolutely delicious! I served it with rice, naan and steamed broccoli on the side and it was a feast! :)

PUL Team - April 13, 2022, 5:45 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Alexandra, thank you!

selina - March 25, 2022, 11:29 a.m.

I love Indian take-out, and almost always ordered butter chicken, even though I try to be vegan/vegetarian most of the time. I knew I had to try this recipe and see if it holds up. And it does!
I used tempeh for the first time for this recipe, and it was delicious. I will certainly do it again, but I will say I made a bit of a mess by using an immersion blender, like Sadia did in the video. But not to worry, I will just use a stand mixer the next time. I’m going to be eating the left overs from yesterday tonight and with it I will try the recipe for the Naan, which Im sure will blow me away as well 🤤

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 7:06 p.m.

We're so thrilled to hear, Selina! A lovely idea to use a standing blender if desired. We hope you enjoy the naan too 😃

Alana - March 22, 2022, 6:48 a.m.

I was skeptical about this recipe but boy was I blown away by it! It is such an amazing recipe and we have made it a couple times now with a vegan saag recipe. Thank you for making a simple, delicious version of this classic Indian dish!!! :)

PUL Team - March 23, 2022, 5:20 a.m.

Aw thanks for the glowing review, Alana, and the saag sounds incredible!

Maria - March 19, 2022, 5:10 p.m.

This is such a lovely recipe, thank you PUL team for sharing it with us all! I highly recommend everyone to try it with the herb & garlic Naan - the pairing is absolutely divine:)

PUL Team - March 19, 2022, 10:30 p.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Maria, it means so much 😊

Anna - March 7, 2022, 7:52 a.m.

Beautiful recipe. I make this over and over again. So easy. So delicious.

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 3:58 p.m.

So glad to hear, Anna, thank you!

Ali - March 6, 2022, 1:07 a.m.

I absolutely love this recipe! It is so delicious and flavourful and not hard to prepare. I have made it for so many friends and family and people are always asking me to send them the recipe afterwards. Sometimes, I add roast cauliflower instead of tofu and it is also delicious!!!

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 5:03 a.m.

Awe so nice of you to make it for others, Ali! We're so happy it's being enjoyed 😃

Jamie - Feb. 22, 2022, 10:41 p.m.

My husband and I enjoy ordering Indian takeout, but we aren't a fan of the cost. He loves Butter Chicken specifically, so when I showed him this recipe he was really excited to give it a try. We both absolutely loved how this turned out! With this and the Herb & Garlic Naan recipe, we basically don't need to order takeout to satisfy our cravings for Indian food. Loved this with the tofu, and in the future we plan to try it with mock chicken as it is easy for us to get and pretty affordable. Thank you so much from the both of us for this recipe! We're blown away!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:32 a.m.

We're smiling from ear to ear, Jamie - thank YOU for the glowing review! Happy cooking ✨

Samiayah - Feb. 16, 2022, 12:22 p.m.

This was SO delicious. Definitely putting this into a semi regular rotation.

PUL Team - Feb. 16, 2022, 10:09 p.m.

Woohoo! Thank you, Samiayah ✨

Susan - Feb. 14, 2022, 12:54 p.m.

I have been watching your cooking videos for some time now and finally tried out this recipe and my husband and I loved it. The recipe was so easy to make and the flavour is absolutely delicious. I am now super excited to try out more of your vegan recipes. They all look so yummy and doable. I like that you give ingredient substitution ideas as sometimes ingredients are hard to find here. Please keep the recipes coming and I love your inspirational videos that show how easy the recipes are to make.

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

Oh, Susan, it means so much! Thank you for the kind words and review. Happy cooking ✨

Clari - Jan. 31, 2022, 12:18 p.m.

I looove this dish, I find it a little more difficult to make than other recipes of PUL that I've tried, maybe because you have to use more kitchen appliances, but it's absolutely worth it!! So yummy and creamy!!

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

Hey Clari! This is a bit more of a labour of love, although we're so thrilled it's worth it 😃

Nina - Jan. 27, 2022, 12:16 a.m.

This was so good, I'm definitely making this again! We also boiled some cauliflower florets and threw those in an the end. My flatmates loved it as well, thank you so much for the recipe :)

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 7:48 p.m.

Love the addition of cauliflower, Nina, and so glad it was enjoyed!

Julianna Bohr - Jan. 9, 2022, 2:24 p.m.

I've never made Butter Chicken at home but have always enjoyed it when eating out. This was delicious and simple. My whole family enjoyed it. I think next time I'll blend the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, cashews and coconut milk before I add them to the pot. My emersion blender didn't get all of the cashews.

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:44 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with this one, Julianna! We're so happy it was enjoyed despite the cashews 🤗

Marie - Jan. 7, 2022, 1:46 p.m.

I love this recipe, third time I'm making this curry. Just a quick question: if I let it simmer for a few hours as you suggest in the video when do I add the tofu ?

PUL Team - Jan. 7, 2022, 9:12 p.m.

Hey Marie, so glad to hear! If it's desired to simmer on low you can keep the tofu in and stir occasionally or bake the tofu later and add it in closer to the end 😊

Howell - Jan. 1, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

This has been my go to curry for a while (though I usually use lentils for allergen reasons), it is super yummy and even when making for non vegans they also enjoy it. Well worth making :)

PUL Team - Jan. 2, 2022, 5:51 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Howell! Lentils are a lovely substitute 🙂

Regina - Dec. 12, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

Hi Sadia and crew,

Thanks so much for all your efforts! I really enjoy watching your videos (they’re so beautiful and chill) and trying new recipes (never came across one that dissapointed). So inspiring and fun!
This recipe looks amazing as well. I was wondering whether you could replace the cashews with something (my husband is intolerant to all kinds of nuts), maybe tahini?

Oh, and congratulations on your engagement!! That video was pure, pure love and fun, I loved it.

Dank je wel alvast!!
Lieve groetjes,

PUL Team - Dec. 14, 2021, 3:45 a.m.

Hello Regina, aw you're too kind - thank you 💚 The cashews help to make the curry a little bit thicker. Tahini might give a bitter taste so we wouldn't advise using it as a 1:1 substitute. However, you could leave the cashews out entirely for a less creamy curry. You could also substitute the cashews for some pre-soaked sunflower seeds, or equal parts plant-based creamer, like soy creamer or oat creamer. We hope this helps for now 🙂

Tanvee - Dec. 8, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

This recipe looks divine! I will be adding it as one of our meals for next week. Thank you for your wonderful recipes, we have enjoyed every single one that we have made :)

Lots of love from Calgary, Canada (your neighbour of sorts!).

PS: Congratulations on your engagement! Your video was so sweet!

PUL Team - Dec. 9, 2021, 1:35 a.m.

Aw, Tanvee, we appreciate the kind words and wishes so much! We're beyond grateful the PUL content is being enjoyed as well. Lots of love back to Calgary 🌻

Bindiya Ganatra - Nov. 29, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

Dear Sadia,

I'm sending many good wishes your way - so happy for your engagement!! Loved the super adorable video!!
Love this recipe. I am Asian Indian, and am so used to growing up with my mom using evaporated milk in our curries. I hate coconut, but I will tell you this recipe gave me a different perspective on coconut. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish. I hate tofu and coconut and do not taste it in there. I ended up mashing up the tofu with all the spices and yogurt before putting it in the oven. I know it looked like baby food, but I got my nutrients from the tofu without having to bite into a cube of it. Super thankful for this recipe! :)

I have a nutritionist question for you Sadia - you always talk about including plant based yogurt for probiotics in smoothies & granola. However, this recipe calls for baking the yogurt - doesn't that kill the good bacteria in the yogurt - doesn't that defeat the purpose of probiotics? Would you mind kindly explaining this to me?

Much Gratitude,
Bindiya Ganatra
Mississippi, United States

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2021, 2:24 a.m.

Hey there, Bindiya, thank you for the wishes! We're so happy the video and recipe were enjoyed ✨

To help answer your question, plant-based yogurt can indeed be a lovely source of probiotics but cooking will likely kill most (if not all) of it. Luckily, at PUL we also enjoy yogurt for reasons aside from probiotics 🤓 For example, in this recipe, the yogurt-based marinade helps give the tofu a delicious crispier texture to resemble traditional butter chicken more. Another sample reason we enjoy yogurt is it may be fortified with calcium, which we talk more about here:… 😊

We hope this helps for now and sending hugs to the United States!

Clara - Oct. 26, 2021, 2 p.m.

So so good ! Very creamy and tasty :)) lots of love from Germany !! ☺

PUL Team - Oct. 27, 2021, 2:11 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Clara, lots of love to Germany 😃

Bree - Oct. 25, 2021, 4:31 a.m.

Love this recipe, I make this one for my family all the time! Thank you for sharing your craft!

Demi - Oct. 14, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

I love this recipe. I often add cauliflower to make it a bit more healthy, it goes wonderful with the sauce

PUL Team - Oct. 15, 2021, 1:17 a.m.

A lovely idea to add cauliflower, Demi, thank you for sharing 🤗

Emily - Sept. 28, 2021, 12:17 a.m.

Such a winner! This recipe is delectable as is, and the sauce would also be delicious with any number of mix-ins besides the baked tofu. For example, vegan meatballs, chickpeas and broccoli, or uncooked tofu.

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

So glad the recipe was enjoyed, Emily, and thank you for the ideas!

Anna - Sept. 26, 2021, 9:24 a.m.

Thanks for this beautiful recipe ;)

Anouk - Aug. 20, 2021, 8 p.m.

Deliciouss! My first recipe from Pick up limes and definitely not the last one :)

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 10:51 p.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed your first PUL recipe, Anouk! Happy cooking 😊

Steph - Aug. 11, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

This is absolutely delicious! I make this regularly but usually don't go through the process of baking the tofu as I like quick dinners.

Ani - July 29, 2021, 1:11 p.m.

So great to have a healthier version and most of all vegan! I added some of your garlic/mint yoghurt (from the wrap recipe) on top and it was devine. Definitely a go to recipe now. Thank you so much and lots of love from Germany :)

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Ani, thank you for taking the time to share! Lots of love to Germany 💚

Lena - July 25, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

My go to recipe to impress non vegans! They always love it & ask for the recipe :)

Michèle - July 25, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

We really LOVE this recipe and often serve it when we have guests. They always like it. We often add some broccoli to it, which tastes delicious.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

Love the addition of broccoli! Thank you, Michèle :)

Sarah - July 24, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

My go-to butter "chicken" recipe! It's great with or without the baked tofu. I usually add some more veggies, but the flavors of this one never disappoint.

Arah - July 24, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Every time I suggest ordering in Indian food my husband suggests that I make this recipe instead! It’s so good! I make a big batch of the sauce and use it with tofu one night and chickpeas another. Pick Up Limes never disappoints!

Joana Santos - July 23, 2021, 1:08 a.m.

This is hands down one of the best things I've ever tasted (if not the best!!). It is creamy, filling, and an overall incredible recipe. Me and my boyfriend have been making a batch every two weeks, it keeps well in the fridge and tastes even better the day after. I recommend adding lemon juice before serving, it is a game-changer. I have also tried subbing the tofu for canned chickpeas and it is still delicious (and saves me a ton of time). If you can I strongly recommend trying this, you won't regret it!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 2:28 a.m.

What an incredible compliment, Joana, it means so much that you took the time to share your experience with the recipe 😃

Neha - July 22, 2021, 7:34 a.m.

This required some patience to make (I'm pretty slow at food prepping esp. with the tofu) but it's always so, so worth it. I love how it all marinates over time, so bulk cooking results in a meal that just becomes tastier as it sits in the fridge. It tastes so rich and satisfying while somehow being healthy. Thanks heaps!

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:20 a.m.

We're so appreciative of the review, Neha, and are so glad the labour of love was worth it 😃

Anna - July 21, 2021, 3:21 p.m.

Absolutely my favorite butter chicken recipe, hands down! It tastes insanely good and my boyfriend cannot stop asking me for it again and again. One of my favorite meals since I started cooking it.

PUL Team - July 22, 2021, 6:10 a.m.

Suuuch an honour, Anna, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

Katrien - July 16, 2021, 7:12 p.m.

So delicious! My favorite curry recipe!

Constanze - July 13, 2021, 11:51 a.m.

I have made this a couple of times now and it has become one of my absolute favourite dishes; it’s just so delicious and comforting. Thank you for this great recipe.

Eva - July 12, 2021, 6:01 p.m.

This is a favorite. Even my omnivore Family who is skeptical about spices (other than salt and pepper) loves this one! I definitely recommend making it with the naan if you have the time.

GV - July 10, 2021, 1:37 a.m.

This is one of my favourite ‘party’ recipes. It comes together so easily and it’s such a crowd pleaser!! You won’t be able to resist seconds with this one :)

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:29 a.m.

So happy to hear you're enjoying this one, GV, we appreciate the time you took to share this so much ✨

Katherine Broberg - July 9, 2021, 8:34 p.m.

Hands down the best vegan curry I have ever had. 1000 points to Sadia!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:16 a.m.

This is a huuge compliment! Thank you so much for the kind words, Katherine 🥰

Ruben M.C - July 8, 2021, 11:02 p.m.

This recipe is a staple alongside the homemade Naan!!! I have made and shared this recipe countless times as a way to show just how flavourful a plant-based recipe can be!! Quick tip, if you have an air fryer, bake the tofu in it, the air circulates better and the tofu texture gets awesome (at least for our taste :))

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:31 p.m.

Thank you for sharing the recipe and for the lovely tip, Ruben! We appreciate it so much ✨

jul - July 8, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

I made it a couple times and I love it with my whole heart. Just saw that you can add cashews to make it extra creamy, can't wait to try again

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 5:01 a.m.

Mmm yes, cashews add a lovely creaminess to the recipe! We hope you enjoy it, Jul :D

Morgane - July 8, 2021, 6:25 p.m.

Let's just say: yummy yummy yummy. This recipe is now a classic in winter!

Lisette - June 29, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

In the video you say firm tofu and in the recipe extra firm tofu, which is best? And can the tofu also be baked in the pan instead of the oven? Will make this dish soon! :)

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 3:31 a.m.

Hi Lisette, very good eye and questions! In our experience, "extra firm" is more often found in North America rather than worldwide, so we aimed to be more general with the term "firm" in the video for those without access to extra firm. We see now how this may be confusing so thanks for pointing it out! Either works, although if you enjoy more crispy tofu we'd recommend opting for extra-firm.

The tofu can also be cooked on the stove if preferred rather than in the oven. If you'd like, you can follow along with how we made our stove-top crispy tofu in our "Speedy Vegan Pad Thai" recipe. Let us know how it goes if you give the recipe a try 🤗

Jess - June 29, 2021, 3:56 a.m.

The first Pick Up Limes recipe I've tried. It was yummy and I would make it again. I used coconut milk since I was missing yogurt. Also, I left it unblended, because I didn't have an immersion blender handy (and too lazy to use a regular one). Served over rice.

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 2:12 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed your first PUL recipe, Jess! So nice to hear you were able to adjust it for you as well 😊

Judith - June 14, 2021, 7:46 p.m.

Amazing recipe! Thank you so much 😊

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

I wonder - is this my top PUL recipe? :D It might be... I can't describe how delicious it is and I'd need more stars to truly rate it! Well done!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:38 p.m.

We're so thankful for all the wonderful reviews, Cris, our sincerest gratitude to you 🥰

Amanda - June 2, 2021, 12:30 a.m.

Hi PUL Team! I have a vegan butter made with the following ingredients: coconut oil, cashews, sunflower oil, quinoa rejuvelac (water, quinoa), water, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, nutritional yeast, chickpea miso (rice, chickpeas, sea salt, water, koji spores), Fermented oregano extract (water, oregano, raw cane sugar, active cultures). Can it be substituted for the homemade butter in the recipe? If not, will roasted cashews work well in this recipe since that is what I have on hand? Thank you!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

Hey there, Amanda! Thank you for the question and patience as we catch up on website questions 😃 The vegan butter sounds like a good substitute to add a bit of creaminess. Roasted cashews may work better though as they might help make the curry a bit thicker. You could also leave out the cashews entirely or substitute them for some pre-soaked sunflower seeds, or equal parts plant-based creamer, like soy creamer or oat creamer. We hope this helps and you enjoy the recipe 🤩

Bindiya M Ganatra - Nov. 29, 2021, 6:37 a.m.

Dear Sadia & PUL Team,

Do you mind giving us measurements on the amount of pre-soaked sunflower seeds and plant-based creamer? Also a note to Amanda, the one who posted this question initially, I didn't have any raw cashews on hand. So I used the roasted, salted cashews, and it worked perfectly fine. The only problem is that whenever you soak the store bought roasted cashews, there was a lot of oil that floated to the top when I soaked it in hot water. Not sure if that oil is from the added oils (store-bought) or naturally occurring oils from the cashews itself - this is a question directed to you, Nutrition Expert Sadia. ;-)

Bindiya Ganatra
Mississippi, USA
Mississippi, USA

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2021, 2:42 a.m.

Hello hello, Bindiya! Similar to cashews, around 1/4 cup pre-soaked sunflower seeds or plant-based creamer may be a good start. You can always add more if a creamier texture is desired 😊

Regarding the oil, it's likely that this is added oil from the store-bought roasted cashews. If you're able to look at the ingredients list for the nuts, and it lists an oil within the ingredients, this will help affirm it's likely added oil. If oil is not listed in the ingredient list, then it would be a bit of the naturally present oil from the outer shell of the nuts. The fat present in nuts can be incredibly wholesome, which we chat more about here in case you're interested and haven't already seen yet:… 😊

Tashkin - May 30, 2021, 8:44 a.m.

So often when I ask my family what they want for supper it’s this recipe! I use a vegan “chicken” instead of the tofu for speed. Truly. it’s a crowd pleaser. Amazing 🤩

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 3:58 p.m.

Aww that's so wonderful, Tashkin! We're so grateful that your family has been enjoying this one 😃

Amelie - May 19, 2021, 2:34 p.m.

Thank you so much for the recipe! It was perfect! I did not have any cashews at home so I just thickened the sauce with a little bit of starch which worked perfectly. Overall, everything was just delicious!

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Amelie, starch is a great idea! Substituting the cashews for some pre-soaked sunflower seeds, or equal parts plant-based creamer, like soy creamer or oat creamer are some other ideas in case you're interested ✨☺️

Katie R - April 28, 2021, 3:54 p.m.

This recipe is delicious. I have made it several times for my husband and me. Thank you for inspiring us to eat more plant-based.

It sounds like a lot of spices, but it all works SO WELL! If anyone is concerned about the spice, just reduce the cayenne (I halved it).

The second time I made this, I added some oil to the tofu so it would stick to the pan less. I also added some leftover cauliflower (1/4 a head) to the tofu mixture, and that worked great.

Highly recommend this!

PUL Team - April 29, 2021, 1:21 a.m.

We appreciate the review and kind words very much, Katie! Wonderful tips and go happy you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

Irene - April 6, 2021, 6:05 p.m.

I'm not familiar with Indian cuisine and I hadn't tried the "original" butter chicken before going plant-based, but this recipe was absolutely delicious and rather quick to make, I will definitely make it more often! Also love the new scale feature, makes cooking even quicker and easier when you're a student only cooking for yourself ;-)

PUL Team - April 7, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share your review, Irene! We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe and the new site features 🤩

Lani - April 5, 2021, 7:37 a.m.

I made this recipe for my boyfriend and our two children of 6 and 9 years old and they loved it. They are very picky eters and love meat (unfortunately - but on our way to become vegetarian) but they thought this dish was perfect. My boyfriend said he want to eat this every two weeks now.
I didn't notice beforehand that the cashews had to be soaked for at least one hour, I did only soak them for 20min. but it still came out very well.

PUL Team - April 5, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

This is so lovely to hear, Lani! We're so glad your little ones and boyfriend enjoyed it 🤩

Agate - March 22, 2021, 8:41 a.m.

Overall, very nice dish if you can find garam masala. I didn't have garam masala, so I made my own from scratch. I didn't have enough cumin, so my garam masala ended up being a bit too intense from other spices. So my suggestion - if you are mixing spices yourself, taste the dish as you add them. Lemon is listed as one of the serving suggestions, but I would highly recommend adding it. Without it the sauce part was lacking some acidity (at least for my taste buds). I didn't add any sweetener and I don't think the dish was missing it. To boost up the veggie content I also added some lightly sauteed broccoli and whole, toasted cashews - tasted great! Another important detail - you must use full-fat coconut milk. If you use reduced fat (like I did - I suffer from heartburn), the sauce will be a bit too runny.

Sadia - March 29, 2021, 4:28 p.m.

Oooh I love all the suggestions, Agate - thanks for sharing! I definitely agree about the lemon adding some acidity 🍋🙌