Soy Chunks Curry

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Soya chunks or Textured Vegetable protein or soya meat is a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is made from high soy protein soy flour and contains protein equal to that of meat. This is a beautiful way of enjoyng protein if you are vegetarian. These vegetable proteins are made in different shapes like nuggets, flakes, granules and chunks. The dehydration process gives it a nice fibrous texture, which helps these chunks to soak water 3 times its weight.  In poor countries like India where many are vegetarian this is a good source of protein and when cooked in aromatic gravy it swells up and soaks up the entire aroma.

Also this is easy to cook and stock. Those days when the sky is gloomy or the fridge is empty this is a nice way to whip up dinner in a short span of time. In our family we often eat this in a onion-garlic tomato gravy with chunks of potatoes. When paired with roti (Indian flat bread) and salad this makes a very satisfying meal. If am not wrong the kids just love this. Most days when I prepare this Little 'R' finishes his meal in 15 minutes. 

Soya Meat Curry
(serves 4)

Soy Chunks: 1 cup (I used Nutrela)
Potato: 2 medium
Onion paste: 4 tbsp (you can also use 2 medium onions, finely chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste: 2 tsp
Tomato: 1 big OR 2 tbsp tomato puree
Whole clove: 2 pieces
Cinnamon: 1/2 “ stick
Garam masala powder: 1/3 tsp OR chopped Coriander
Chili powder: ¾ tsp
Oil: 2 tbsp

Wash the chunks under running water. Warm a big bowl of water in the microwave and soak the sou chunks for 10 minutes. Squeeze the water and soak again in water for another 5 minutes. Squeeze and keep aside. This is very important to remove the raw smell of the chunks.

Peel and cut the potato in big chunks. Wash and keep aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil and fry the potato till golden. Drain and keep aside.

Heat the rest of the oil and add lightly bruised whole clove and cinnamon. Once it starts to splutter add the onion paste. Fry for 3-4 minutes till oil starts oozing out at the sides. Now add the ginger garlic paste and again fry for a couple of minutes or till oil comes out at the sides.

Cut the tomato in quarters and add to the pan with salt, turmeric and chili powder. Fry on low till the tomatoes are mushy and again oil start to appear. Mix in the potatoes and soy chunks. Mix and stir for another minute or two. Add 11/2 cups of warm water. Mix, taste and adjust the seasoning. Cover and let it simmer on medium flame.

Once the the gravy thickens to a coating consistency and the potaoes are soft and the chunks swell up finish cooking by sprinkling the chopped coriander or garam masala powder. Cover and let it stand for another minute before serving with roti or rice.

A Homemaker’s Notes:
You can also add green peas to this curry.

For a more filling recipe try adding chunks of carrots, french beans, sauteed capsicum, cauliflowers or any vegetable of your choice.


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  1. First time and must say loved every second spent here,nice twist to the Soya Chunks Curry..Healthy indeed....Love to give a shot...Happy To Follow u....

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  2. Nice one...TH loves it, I dont, so I hardly land up making it...Will give this a try - have a nutrela packet !

  3. I love Soy chunks curry and this looks so delicious!

  4. this is looking so delicious. Would love to make with addition of peas.

  5. Vey healthy & delicious the color & the pics are awesome.

  6. I love soya chunks... i make them with peas and carrots.

  7. healthy and delicious curry .....

  8. Tempting healthy curry,great pics.

  9. hey! This looks delicious. I am sure babies will find it yummy while moms will find it nutritious. Thanks for sending in this entry to the Baby's favourite food event.

  10. Eto simple othocho yummy looking soya chunks baniyecho. Dekhei banate icche korche. Darun photo.


  11. It has been ages since I had soya chunks curry..this looks delicious. I must try this healthy protein source as well for my son...cause he wants something new everytime.

  12. Wat a super tempting and healthy dish, looks irresistible.

  13. Not a big fan of soya chunks.. but this one is nice and looks tasty a must try.
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  14. Super healthy and yummy soya..Loved all your shots.

  15. Delicious and healthy preparation with soya chunks...Lovely click..

  16. The curry looks very yum and so full health. The clicks are stunning as well :)

  17. Love Soya Chunks, and this curry .. I often mix it with Potatoes and a bit of cheese.. imparts a nice cheesy flavour..

  18. Soya curry looks delicious..I make many times with diffrent vegetables..I have to dig out pics..;-)

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  19. nice curry....a very healthy protein to have .....and a very tasty preparation.

  20. I am a big fan of soya chunks..and this looks absolutely tempting....:)

  21. Healthy and delicious..
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  22. Thanks for entering this into Frugal Food Fridays, it looks delicious!

  23. Thanks for entering this into Frugal Food Fridays, it looks delicious!

  24. Hi,

    I landed on this blog while searching recipes for soy chunks. Thank you for amazing recipes and info about soy chunks. The only thing I did not like is that you mentioned, "in poor countries like India, where many are vegetarian...", I would like to correct you that 1) In India, many are not vegetarian because India is poor. They are vegetarian because of their religious beliefs; 2) India is not a poor country. I live in US for last 15 yrs, today when I talk with my friends and family back there in India, it gives us a complex to learn about their progress, income, salaries and life style.

    I think world has changed but west still sees India as poor...

    But, nonetheless, thank you once again for delicious recipes. Good Work.

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  27. it's very healthy food. looking very yummy yummy. i wana try this dish in my home..Some times i used to order this dish in zomato

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