Saturday, August 8, 2015



It's been a long time since I made a dish with Soya nuggets. I last used soya chunks years ago when my children were kids. Recently, this dish was pointed out to me by my friend Sandhya Puranik. Given below is how I adapted this from Soya Methi Mutter Sabzi in Sangeetha's blog, Spicy Treats.

Soya chunks are made from the soya bean and are by themselves relatively tasteless but when made into a dish they absorb the flavours and spices they are cooked in. They have great nutritional value and are a safe bet for people of all ages.  I used the Nutrela Soya Chunks made by Ruchi Soya Industries.

  • Soya Chunks/Nuggets, 1 cup 
  • Methi Leaves, 3/4 cup
  • Mutter/ Green Peas, 1/4 cup
  • Fennel Seeds, (Saunf) 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp 
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Onion, large-sized, 1
  • Tomato, large-sized, 1
  • Wheat Flour, 1 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder, a pinch
  • Cumin Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur (Dry Mango Powder), 1/4 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp

In a pan, cook the soya chunks in 3 cups of water after adding a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, then allow it to cool
Drain the water, squeeze the chunks dry and chop into smaller  pieces. Keep aside
Boil the green peas and keep aside. 
Clean and wash the methi leaves. Keep aside.
Chop the tomato and slice the onion. Keep aside.
In a kadai, heat oil and when it gets hot add fennel and cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the curry leaves and sliced onion. 
Saute till the onion becomes translucent then add the chopped tomato and saute for another minute
Add the wheat flour and fry for 1 minute
Add chilli, turmeric, cumin and garam masala powders, mix well and fry for a minute
Add the chopped soya chunks, and fry for 1-2 minutes
Add the green peas, methi leaves, and salt. Mix well and cook covered adding a little water, till the green peas and methi leaves are done and the soya chunks fully absorb the spices..
Lastly add amchur powder and mix well 
Cook, covered, on low flame, for a few minutes
Serve hot with rotis

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