Cut the tofu or paneer into 1-inch cubes. (See Notes.)
Cut the peppers and onions into 1-inch squares, about the same size as the tofu. Separate the onions.
In a large bowl, prepare the marinade by whisking together the sour cream or vegan mayo with the oil and spices (coriander, cumin, crushed kasuri methi, garam masala, turmeric, and deggi mirch powder).
Place the tofu or paneer and all of the vegetables in themarinade. Carefully fold them into the marinade, ensuring all the pieces are well-coated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight (for best results).
If using wooden skewers, soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. Ideally, you would plan ahead and soak them for at least 8 hours.
Arrange the marinated tofu and veggies on the skewers. Alternate the sequence, starting and ending with a piece of tofu or paneer, placing the vegetables in the middle. Each skewer should have a piece of tofu at each end to prevent the vegetables from sliding off.
You can use an indoor grill or a traditional backyard grill. It is suggested to use a skewer rack if you have one, but it is not mandatory. Cook the kebabs for 5 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Turn the kebabs often, and watch that they do not burn. You can also brown your kebabs in a 450⁰F oven for 10 to 15 minutes on a cookie sheet that has been well oiled or lined with a silicon baking mat. Turn every 5 minutes, cooking until golden brown on all sides.
Serve kebabs on a plate or in a wrap. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.
You can serve the kebabs with one of our delicious sauces. (See Notes.)
If you want to lower the fat content in your kebab, try substituting vegan yogurt for the vegan mayo in the marinade (traditional but not tested). Eliminate extra fat by using tofu rather than paneer.
Paneer, mustard oil, and Indian spices can be found at any Indian grocery store.
Extra-firm tofu varies from brand to brand. For this recipe, look for high protein super firm tofu.
If you don’t have a grill, you could make the kebabs on a sandwich or panini maker. Do not close the device while grilling. Follow the directions above for grilling.
Try one of our delicious sauces on your grilled kebabs, such as Lemon Tahini Sauce or Cilantro Mint Chutney.