Soya chunks methi masala

When I was doing my Bachelors in Belgaum, I tasted soya chunks for the first time. We used to get our lunch/dinner from a local “mess” (small restaurant). These soya chunks tasted like cotton and I hated it. But when I went to Bangalore, after my Bachelors, my brother always mentioned about soya chunks. He said it tasted like meat (chicken/mutton). From my previous experiences, I was not very comfortable trying it again.

When I started visiting food blogs, I saw many recipes with soya chunks, but still I ignored them. Few months back, Aruna sent me this recipe. So I thought it is finally the time to try it. Now I am very happy that I tried this amazing “Vegetarian meat”. As all of you know, soya is supposed to be very good for women(according to a TV channel). It is full of protiens.
The other good thing about this recipe is, it has “Kasoori methi”-dry fenugreek leaves. I am a fan of Methi-malai-matar (funugreek with cream and peas), my pachi made this often. But I never tried it. Now that I am comfortable using Kasoori methi, I can try Malai matar also.

Here is what Aruna has to say about this dish, “I have made this many times before, but have used cut onions and tomatoes or made a paste of ginger garlic onions and tomatoes, but somehow I liked the one I made today very much. The above gravy tastes like a restaurant gravy. Somebody had told me the secret of good restaurant food is, they blanch the onions and tomatoes and add cashewpaste or almond paste and use cream. So I tried this today”. Thanks Aruna.

Soya chunks 2 cups
Onion 1 big
Tomatoes 2
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tea spn
Butter 1 tea spn
Kasoori methi 1 tbl spn
Turmeric a pinch
Red chili powder 1/2 tea spn
Garam masala 1/2 tea spn
Whipped cream 2 tea spn

I have reduced the amount of spices and ginger-garlic in this to suit my taste.
If more gravy is required, increase the amount of onion and tomatoes.
Instead of cream, I used 1/2 cup milk.

Wash and pressure cook the soya chunks (with water) for one whistle with little salt. Take out the soya chunks, leave it under cold water, wash again and squeeze the water out of them.
Heat 1 cup of water and add onion and cook for 5mins. Discard the water and make a paste of onion. Similarly, heat water and cook tomatoes. Discard water, peel the tomatoes and make a paste.
Heat butter in a pan and fry onion paste till golden brown for about 10 min. Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2-3 min.
Add tomoto paste, mix well and fry for 5 min. Now add the masalas and cook/fry till the oil leaves the sides.
Add the soya to the gravy and add enough water to get a thick consistency. Add the kasoori methi and bring it to a boil.
Remove from heat and add the cream (I added 1/2 cup of milk instead of cream and boiled it till the gravy became thick).
Serve hot with phulkas or naan.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 30mins

PS: I thought some of you might not know about soya chunks. So here is how they look like. They can be easily found in Indian stores. I have the “Bansi” brand “Soya vadi”(no idea why they are called “vadis”).

68 thoughts on “Soya chunks methi masala”

  1. hello shilpa… from mangalore and can relate to many of your recipes here….u are doing a great job and keep up the good work…am a frequent visitor to ur site and enjoy trying out your recipes…thanks again

  2. looks great, shilpa! am gonna try this today. do you put water while pressure cooking soya chunks, like we do for dal? or is it washed and steamed?

  3. Thanks a lot PM. Keep visiting and let me know whenever you try something from here. Your feedbacks really mean a lot to me.

    Shanta, I have updated the post. Yes, you have to cook it like daal. First time I tried them, I added less water and they turned very hard. So use around 2 cups of water while cooking.

    Thanks Aswin.

  4. That’s a nice recipe using soy chunks, Shilpa. Sounds delicious. Will give it a try for sure as I use soya in my cooking regularly. Am always on the look out for nice recipes using soya chunks/granules.

  5. Thanks Lakshmi.

    Monica, let me know if you try this.

    Supriya, these are available in Indian stores. I have uploaded one picture of soya chunks. It would be easier for you to pick up these now :).

    Thanks Linda.

    Thanks MT.

    Manju, even I tried soya because it is healthy. Now I am comfortable using it :).

    Thanks Sailaja for stopping by. Happy to see you back in action.

  6. Shilpa…Iam very found of soya might have checked a couple of recipes of soya granuels in my blog like soyagranules-methileaves and another srecipe with soya granuels..though not yet blogeed any recipe with soya chunks I would like to…Right now i have soya chunks in my store..Ruchi’s NUTRELA brand which I purchase all the time. I will try this recipe in couple of days and will let u know soon.Thanks for sharing this recipe.:-)

  7. I use soy chunks in spinach curry, my mom in laws signature curry and many others. Will try this recipe for sure, but i might cut down on cream and butter, i like my dishes low fat πŸ™‚

    I never pressure cook soy chunks. My MIL just adds it to the curry and cook for 5 minutes apprx, till it becomes soft. I just soak the chunks in luke warm water for 15 minutes before adding it to the curry.

  8. Meena, I am going to check your recipes now. Thanks for letting me know.

    Manjula, as I said, I didn’t use the cream at all. I used milk in the recipe. I also cut down the butter, I just added what is enough for frying. I will try your method of soaking the soya next time. It looks like a good idea. Thanks :).

  9. Hi –

    This looks great and I am going to try it soon. One question though – do you cut the onions and tomatoes before blanching?

  10. Hey shilpa..i have told you before and am telling you again – I am impressed. I could not check your site this morning so checked it sometime back and found this soya recipe. I rechecked your site in sometime to go thru the recipe again and i find another one !

    I am trying out this gravy now minus the soya as i dont have it on hand (and am not very fond of it also..:) i am adding paneer to this gravy.

  11. Jyothi, do not cut tomatoes while blanching. You can cut onions into big pieces if you want.

    Thanks Ameeta. Let me know if you try this.

  12. Shilpa..i tried the gravy and added paneer. was very good. never made gravy with blanched onions earlier. always fried onions golden brown for the gravy. but this was quick and easy..and the kasuri methi gives it a wonderful taste. next time will prepare this gravy and add soya as per the original recipe. i guess soya deserves another chance .. πŸ™‚

  13. Thanks Shilpa for posting this. I made this last evening and did not add whipped cream as i did not have it in stock. I liked the taste when cream is added. I am visiting Aayis recipes after 2 weeks, again laptop problems. Hope this problem is solved once and for all.

  14. Hi Shilpa ,
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. i made this today for dinner. it came out very well ! Kasoori methi is a good addition. earlier i never added kasoori methi and milk.i used to prepare with just onions ,tomatoes and soya chunks.

    Thanks again,

  15. Hi Shilpa,

    The soya chunk methi masala looks quite yummy and I would like to try it out. I have one question, is it okay to substitute methi leaves instead of kasoori methi since it is not so easily available at my place.

    Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes.

  16. hopeless recipe……..i cant understand why people cook like this……..acc to me we shd little bit roast onion and all and then we shd add in our cooking otherwise tht raw smell of onion is not going and the recipe becomes a hell………..iam very sorry tht i wrote like this …….but wht u know iam ahuge fan of aayis recipe and when i tried this recipe it didnt came out nice ……thts why i got disappointed

  17. Pari, this is a tried and tested recipe. Since the onion is cooked first and then pasted, it does not smell. So I think you did something wrong, may be you didn’t cook well before making a paste of it. This DOES NOT have onion smell, that I can guarantee.

    Please be constructive while commenting, its my sincere request. I guarantee that I don’t post any hopeless recipe here.

  18. today only i read ur reply and iam extremelly sorry and i take my words intention WAS NOT AT ALL to hurt u or this site at all again very sorry for tht……..and will try this recipe again some day and will let u know

  19. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the awesome recipe I prepared this for my husband the other day and he totally loved it, Thanks for posting this recipe on the net I did share about this with my friend too and even she loved the way it tasted, adding milk makes it tasty.

  20. O my God, Shilpa…this was excellent…I owe you big time…Not only was my husband impressed, my in-laws loved it too and my m-i-l even asked me for this recipe…which btw, I didn’t tell her was yours;-)…real sorry, but was hogging credit for the first time in my life…anyways, am dying out of guilt so will spread the good word to her about who’s really behind the taste…and kudos to you for inspiring millions of women to cook sensibly and fantastically. Adios.

    Shilpa: Thanks for the kind words Vandy. I am really happy that your family enjoyed it :). That and your feedback here are the biggest credit for me and Aruna(who sent me this recipe). Thanks

  21. Will try above recipe before i can leave any comments. it will be my first try with soya. Pray for me I get it right.More later but thanks all the same for the recipe.

  22. Shilpa,

    tried this,. turned out abysmal had to throw it. Is there anything missing in the recipe

    Shilpa: There is nothing wrong with the recipe Swapna. Sad to know you didn’t like it.

  23. Swapna …The reason to turn out abysmal is the excess use of Kasuri Methi. (Did you get a bitter taste)

    Reduce the qty of Kasuri Methi and add it after the garam masala. Fry for abt 5 min. You can let me know the difference.

  24. Would like to have some Authentic Kokani Mutton Recipes especially Mutton Sukka from you. Have tried many recipes from you and all turned out really good. Doing a good job especially for people like me who love to try out new recipes.

    Shilpa: There is a chicken sukka on the site. Please check out. I don’t cook mutton, so I won’t be able to post it. Sorry

  25. Thanks you Shipla,

    Me and my MIL were wondering what to with the soya chunks that we picked from one of stores…thanks a ton for the gr8 receipe….shall try the same this one today !!!!

  26. Hi shilpa,
    my hubby loves soya chunks and however i cook it, he relishes it. but i think your receipe really looks too good so i will try it 2moro and i’m sure hes going to love it

    i’ll come back to you with the results

  27. hi,I need the exact time soya chunks are finished cooking and I didnt cook it before I am currying the soya chunks ,so how long maybe half an hour ,,,,please hurry and get back to me,,thanks

    Shilpa: It depends on which soya chunks you are using. Usually the cooking instructions are written on the packet, so follow it. I cook them in cooker for about 2-3 whistles. Cooking before adding to gravy is necessary, otherwise they take very long time to cook.

  28. I tried this recipe last week. It turned out very well and the whole family enjoyed this. I just added some fresh corriander and 1 and a half tbsp of tomato paste in addition to the above ingredients and of course used everything else in the qts indicated above. Instead of cream I used 1/2 cup 2% fresh milk. It turned out yummy. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and for taking the time to share your unique cooking talents. Wish you well:)

  29. This is a very nice recipe. I like the idea of milk instead of cream, which I do when I make the chicken curry. I tried making soy chunks in spinach frozen similar way with adding kasuri methi minus the milk. I added real lemon juice in the end to make it sour. It is very good. Hope you like it.

  30. Hey shilpa thanks for this wonderful recipe, i made it n my frds liked it very much.personally i like soya chunks a lot and till now used to add in other dishes.keep going…

  31. hi tripti here,
    i was searching 2day 4 soya chunks recipes, i got this , i am definetly going 2 try this 2day, lets hope 4 the best.
    hv a gr8 day

  32. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the awesome recipe I prepared this today but i did not add kasoori methi as i never used to buy. Thanks for posting this recipe on the net I will share this with my friends and i have used milk instead of cream. I am always on the look out for nice recipes using soya chunks/granules. well done keep it up.
    thanks a lot

  33. I tried this and it was absolutely delicious. Even the next day when I packed it for lunch Kasuri methi had this amazing smell that would make anyone who hated soy chunks fall in love with this dish instantly.

  34. I tried this and it was absolutely delicious. Even the next day when I packed it for lunch Kasuri methi had this amazing smell that would make anyone who hated soy chunks fall in love with this dish instantly. Thank you so much, Shilpa!! I’m a new cook, who’s in love with your site. πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Shilpa, Can I use Fresh fenugreek leaves instead of the dried ones, somehow I don’t like the taste of dried fenugreek leaves.

    Shilpa: Yes.

  36. I am going to try this recipe over the weekend, but I currently have ginger powder not fresh ginger, would the taste be different, I know fresh ginger would be better but just wanted to know if I can used the powder as well.

  37. thankyou for this receipe, i knew you would have this receipe for soya chunks, I am a great fan of yours. If I just need any receipe or tips i just log on to aayis. Thankyou for making life easier

  38. I am African. Am learning to enjoy soya. My six and a half year old niece is enjoyin them too… We have to have them at least twice a week… With rice or chapati.

  39. I tried it with soya granules and it was just awesome! Added some kokam and corainder for the extra dash! Thanks for the recipe!

  40. I tried this soya recipe just now for the first time in my life…its just awesome!! tasty, delicious and fantastic flavor with Kasuri Methi…we all loved it.. am going to just gorge on soya from now onwards..thanks a lot Shilpa..

  41. I had soya vadis lying at home for quite some time and didnt know how to make them. As I donΓ…Β£ like soya, i never bothered about the vadis. Yesterday I just decided to make them anyhow and got your recipe. I cannot tell you how much I loved it. Now soya vadis have become my favourite. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful dish! It is sooooooooooo delicious! Thanks once again.

  42. Excellent. A little more KMethi than I would like.. But now I have the confidence to cook soya. I’m foreseeing some serious protein intake now (besides the tandoori of course πŸ˜‰ )

    Nice taste, thank you..

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