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Instant Pot Saag Tofu (Mixed Greens with Tofu)

By February 3, 2019Recipes
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This recipe is compliant on our Vegetarian Kickstart and Lifestyle levels. If you aren’t familiar with our Vegetarian nutrition guidelines, you can learn more here. This recipe is also compliant on our Omnivore Kickstart level in moderation.

One of my favorite hobbies is creating healthy versions of traditional Indian recipes. This recipe is one of my go-to dishes to prepare when I am short on time and want to pack a punch with some leafy greens in a flavorful way.

Saag Tofu (Mixed Greens with Tofu)

Saag is a Hindi/Punjabi word which translates to “greens” or “leaf-based.” That means for this dish, any combination of greens can be used: spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, beet greens; there are endless possibilities. For this particular recipe, I used a combination of spinach and mustard greens.

Saag Tofu (Mixed Greens with Tofu)

This version of saag tofu is made using the Instant Pot. If using an Instant Pot is not an option for you, I suggest cooking the greens in a large pot over the stove and extending the cooking time slightly to ensure the greens are soft enough to blend. If you’re using a regular pot, reduce the amount of water to 1 cup.

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Note: The traditional recipe is saag paneer, which includes an Indian cottage cheese. If you’re in between Whole Life Challenges and you feel you tolerate cheese well, you can make this dish the more traditional way with paneer.

Saag Tofu (Mixed Greens with Tofu)

Saag is a Hindi/Punjabi word which translates to “greens” or “leaf-based.” For this particular recipe, I used a combination of spinach and mustard greens.

Category Indian, Instant Pot, Vegan, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tulika Venugopal


  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1 pound mustard greens
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 tsp ginger chopped
  • 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  • 1.5 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp garam masala*
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt add more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups water


  1. Chop the ginger, garlic, and tomato and set aside.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to "Saute" mode. Place the oil or ghee in the pot, and add the minced garlic and ginger.

  3. After 30 seconds, add the chopped tomatoes, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir to incorporate the spices. Allow the tomatoes to soften, about 1 minute. If the spices begin to stick to the pot, add 1/4 cup water to deglaze the pot.

  4. Add the mustard greens and when they begin to shrink with the heat, add the spinach leaves. Stir to incorporate and add the remaining 1 3/4 cups of water.

  5. Close the lid, press "Cancel," and set the Instant Pot to "Pressure Cook" mode for 15 minutes.

  6. When it has completed, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes, and then quick release the pressure. When the pressure has been completely released, open the lid.

  7. Blend the greens until they are smooth, either by using an immersion blender and blending the contents directly in the Instant Pot, or by pouring the contents into a regular blender. If using a regular blender, pour the blended greens back into the Instant Pot insert once they are blended.
  8. Add the tofu cubes into the greens and stir to incorporate. Season with any additional salt or pepper as needed.

  9. Serve alongside brown rice, quinoa, or with a tortilla.

Recipe Notes

*Garam masala is spice mixture of ground cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves. You can find ready-made mixes in most grocery stores or mix your own.

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Tulika Venugopal
Tulika Venugopal is a food and fitness enthusiast. She is a biomedical engineer by day, and she is also a certified yoga and fitness instructor who shares her passion for health and fitness in her spare time.

Tulika has always enjoyed cooking healthy meals to complement her active lifestyle, and she especially loves creating recipes that are accessible for anyone to follow. She has been a vegetarian for her entire life and was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2014, which inspired her to become even more creative with her meals.

Tulika lives with her husband and puppy in Seattle, Washington. She chronicles her gluten-free and vegetarian recipe creations, her Seattle food adventures, and her curious love of arm balances and handstands on her Instagram account.

She writes about various food and wellness topics in her blog, Karma Eats, and has been featured in a podcast in the Glutenfree Globalicious Magazine.