Instant Pot Tofu Matar

Instant Pot Tofu Matar – tofu and green peas tossed during a spicy tomato based sauce. The vegan version of the famous Indian dish Matar Paneer tastes goes so well with any flat bread or rice.

If you don’t like tofu or just want to seek out a recipe which may cause you to like tofu, try an Indian recipe. This Instant Pot Tofu Matar is one recipe where you'll start from.

Instant Pot Tofu Matar
Instant Pot Tofu Matar

It has plenty of spices cooked along side tofu and green peas – so good!

This instant pot tofu matar recipe may be a combat the classic and really popular Indian dish – matar paneer. the mixture of paneer and sweet peas goes alright together.

For the vegan version, I replaced the paneer with tofu and it tasted even as good. Sarvesh isn't a tofu fan (in fact he usually tries to avoid it whenever he can), but he ate this without a fuss – that itself is an achievement!

Instant Pot Tofu Matar


  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, 95 grams, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons oil, 10 ml, use oil of choice, I used avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, or adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 2 large tomatoes, 245 grams, pureed in a blender
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup water, 8 oz/240 ml
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 7.5 oz extra-firm tofu, cubed, 215 grams, drain the water and press tofu with a heavy object for 10-15 minutes to get rid of excess moisture before cutting into cubes
  • 1/3 cup green peas, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons vegan yogurt, 30 ml, whisked and at room temperature, I used plain almond milk yogurt
  • cilantro, to garnish


  1. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil to the pot and then add the cumin seeds. Let the seeds sizzle for few seconds.
  2. Then add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the onion is soften.
  3. Then add all the spices - coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, cumin powder, red chili and smoked paprika (optional, if using). Stir the spices with the onion for few seconds.
  4. Stir in the pureed tomatoes along with the tomato paste and mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 cup water, salt and mix.
  6. Add in the tofu and green peas. Stir and close the pot with its lid.
  7. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure naturally for 5 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually by moving the pressure valve from sealing to venting position.
  8. Open the pot and stir in the yogurt. Mix well. Make sure the yogurt is whisked and at room temperature before you add it in. 
  9. Garnish instant pot tofu matar with cilantro and serve with rice, quinoa or any bread of choice!

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