Soya chunks or meal maker cooked with chilly and spices. This soya chunks masala dry / stir-fry recipe is an easy, healthy and tasty side-dish. It goes well with rice, chapathi, and any Indian bread. Soya chunks is also called as soy meat or soya nuggets. Soya / Meal maker is a good replacement for meat for the vegetarians.
Soya chunks or meal maker dishes are not so common in Kerala. The first time, I had soya chunks fry at my friend Molsi’s home and couldn’t believe that it’s a vegetarian dish 🙂 Later on, It became my favorite veg recipe during X’mas or Easter lent season. If you cannot bear the smell of soya chunks, make sure you add more masala, especially whole fennel or fennel powder.
Soya makes a great addition to the protein component of a balanced vegetarian meal plan. Makes a good replacement for meat. I used Nutrela’s soya chunks and would highly recommend it. It’s the largest selling soya foods brand in India. Soy meat or soya chunks or nuggets is a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil.
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- Place the soya chunks in a bowl and fill it up with enough hot water so that the soya chunks are completely immersed. Leave it aside for 20 minutes.
- After soaking in water, the soya chunks would appear double in volume. Squeeze all the water from the soya chunks. I prefer to cut soya chunk pieces into smaller ones.
- Marinate it with pepper powder, chilli powder, ginger(crushed), garlic(crushed) and salt for 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in pan/kadai. Add onions, curry leaves and some salt. Salt absorbs moisture from onion and helps onion to get cooked fast. Saute it well until onions turn light brown.
- Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Fry it well.
- Add tomato and mix it well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add marinated soya and 1 cup water. Adjust salt. Cover and cook it for 15 minutes.
- Now open the lid and cook until the water evaporates.
- Add coriander leaves and mix it. To have a perfect dry, add 2 - 3 tsps oil. Saute it well until it turns dark in color. ** This is probably the key step in this recipe.
- Serve it with rice or Indian breads. Enjoy 🙂