Soya veg masala is a simple and easy dish made with soya chunks, vegetables and regular spices. The dish is a good source of protein for vegetarian, vegan or non meat eater. It can be served with roti, paratha or rice. It is good option for lunch boxes or a quick dinner or lunch. It is vegan. Skip adding asafoetida and chat masala to make it gluten free.
As per wikipedia, soya chunks is a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is also known as textured vegetable protein / textured soy protein or soy meat. Soya chunks are a very good and high source of protein , vitamins, minerals and insoluble fibre.
I try to make recipes frequently using soya nuggets, chunks, granules. The soya veg masala is frequently made in my house. I usually make it for quick , easy and healthy lunch box. I pack it for my husband’s (Mithil) lunch box with some roti or parathas and raita.
I have boiled the dried soya chunks in water for 5 minutes, drained them and then removed excess water from them by squeezing them with hands. Then i have tossed them in oil with spices – turmeric, chili powder, coriander cumin powder, chat masala, amchur and salt. Soya chunks are bland in taste and hence become more flavorful after tossing them with the spices. It enhances the taste when in added to the curry.
My son (Aarav) prefers to eat them like that by squeezing lemon juice on them as a snack. He would like to that them in the lunch box in a small container. My friend in Pune (Jiya Karamachandani) used to make salad from with this tossed soya chunks. She used to arrange them at the center of a big platter plate. Then she used to arrange slices of cucumber, onions and tomatoes around them. She used to sprinkle chat masala , coriander and lemon juice over them and serve. The salad was so delicious. I used to crave for that dish when I was pregnant with Aarav. I miss your salad still and the good days and company Jiya Karamchandani.
Adding the tossed and spiced soya chunks enhances the flavor of soya veg masala.
Friends do try out this quick recipe and enjoy with your family and friends!!
Soya Veg Masala
Roasting Soya chunks
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida hing
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 cup red capsicum finely chopped or any color capsicum
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder haldi
- 1 tsp red chili powder or as per spice level needed
- 1 tsp coriander cumin powder dhania jeera powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/4 cup green peas boiled
- 1/4 cup sweet corn boiled
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp kasuri methi powder
- salt as per taste
Roasting Soya Chunks
- Heat oil in a pan medium heat. Add asafoetida, turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder, red chili powder.
- Add the soya chunks (Boil the dry soya chunk in hot water for 5 minutes, drained it and then remove excess water from it by squeezing them).
- Mix well. Add salt, chat masala and amchur powder. Mix well.
- Remove in a bowl and keep aside. These roasted soya chunks can be enjoyed with fresh salad - cucumber, tomato and onion slices with lemon squeezed on them.
- In the same pan, heat the 1 tbsp of oil on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add asafoetida.
- Add chopped onion and saute them till translucent.
- Add ginger garlic paste and mix well and saute for a minute.
- Add chopped carrot and capsicum. Add little salt and mix well.
- Cover and cook till carrot softens. Add little water if needed to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.
- Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala. Mix well.
- Add boiled corn and peas.
- Add the roasted soya chunks and mix well.
- Add water and mix well.
- Add kasuri methi powder and salt. Mix well.
- Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- The soya veg masala is ready.
- Remove in a serving bowl . Garnish with coriander and serve hot with roti or rice.