Dinesh and Bawa

Dinesh and Bawa


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Spicy Dry Soya Chunks

Please read the entire recipe before starting...

1 Packet of Soya Chunks, boiled and squeezed dry

A handful (or more depending on how much you like them)of frozen peas, just soaked in water for a few minutes

In a large saucepan, heat up 3-4 tablespoons of ghee (be generous, the chunks will absorb everything). Once the ghee is hot, add mustard seeds (rai) and fresh curry leaves (8-10) and see them crackle and pop. Then add a tablespoon of garam masala, dhania jeera powder, a pinch of hing, a dash of turmeric powder and salt to taste. Cook the masalas throughly taking care that they don't burn. You could also add some butter here.

Now add the soya chunks and stir them in properly, so that the masala completely coats them, cook for a few minutes. Reduce heat and cook for some more time, the masalas have to completely seep into the chunks.

Finally add the green peas and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. the peas should remain bright green.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander (and coarsely chopped tomatoes), squeeze some lemon juice on it and serve hot with rotis.

You can do many variations on this: Add some ginger and/or garlic (first) to the masalas for a completely different taste, saute some carrot slivers and add along with (or instead of) the peas for a nice orange look. Adding mushrooms would taste divine here. Just before serving, add some dahi and cook for a bit, add a lot of tomatoes (or tomato puree) for a nice gravy (add the green peas after the gravy is cooked so they remain nice and green)... let your imagination guide you :)  

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seemaa said...


I made the recipe today for lunch,with tomato puree & in the end added some cream & it's yummmmmm.
(had bought the soya some days ago but didn't knw why?).....


shilpa said...

Bau can u pls dedicate an article on alphasos including how to select n how to cut n eat.....no one can do better justice

gauri said...

Bau, your recipes actually make the food pop out of the blog.... read it just before going for lunch so am drolling all over like sasha now.... :) waiting for the book now.

Jayaraman-->The Contented Soul on the planet........ said...

asked mom to make this recipe....
tastes really good..in fact enjoyed eating it..thanx bawa..

Dinakar said...

Dear Bawa - I tried your Tomato Rice and Cheese Peas Pulav (with some variations - I had added Soya Chunks) and couple of days later I saw your recipe on Spicy Soya Chunks (what luck!). My wife loved the outcome of both these recipes. Cooking your recipe’s on weekends is becoming an interesting affair and my wife's loving it for more than 1 reason! ;)

Prerana said...

I enjoying making the spicy dry soya chunks and also eating it. I didnt add lemon juice, as I had added curd and was not sure if it went well together.

I am looking forward to cooking your other recipes on the coming weekend. It is fun.

I am completely hooked on to your blog, i enjoy reading it. It has a nice mix of everything and is so youthful.


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