Soya Chunks Shallot Onions Curry

Soya is an excellent source of protein especially for vegetarians and below is one of the way to include them in your meals. Addition of the freshly ground flavorful spices takes this dish to an altogether different level. You can enjoy it as sidedish with rotis/breads/ rice.


1/2  cup soya chunks, boiled and water squeezed
1/2 cup shallot onions [ 12-15], peeled and cut into half
1 tsp grated garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
Salt to taste

To grind:
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 small sized onion, roughly chopped
2 medium sized tomato, roughly chopped
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
2-4 red chillies [adjust as per your choice]
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cinnamon
4 cloves
Pinch of nutmeg powder [ I used nutmeg mace]
1/2 cup grated coconut

For seasoning
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
5-6 curry leaves

Lemon juice
Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnish


Wash, clean and boil soya chunks with salt in enough water. Once soft, drain the hot water and drop them in cold water. Let it rest for a min and then squeeze the water out of them Keep aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let it crackle. Add chopped onions and saute it till it turns light pink. Add cubed tomatoes and stir it till the tomatoes are cooked. Allow it to cool. Dry roast coriander seeds, fennel seeds, pepper, red chillies. Once cool, then grind it along with coconut, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg mace and onion tomato mixture. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai and add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, curry leaves. As the cumin seeds sizzle, add shallot onions and fry them until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and saute it until the raw flavor goes away. Next add ground masala and saute it for few minutes. When the masala gets cooked, drop soya chunks and add water as required [ to adjust the consistency of gravy as per choice]. Adjust salt and continue cooking on sim flame for 5-7 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot as an accompaniment with rotis or rice. If you prefer sourness drizzle some lemon juice before serving.

Happy Cooking!


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