June 5, 2012

Potato and Soya Chunks Masala | Soya Chunks Recipes

Confession: I didn't know Soya Chunks were called Nutrela. Or textured Vegetable Protein (TVP). Anyway, my mom never cooked with it much and I have only ever known them as soya chunks or "chung chung" as amma calls them, with emphasis on the 'g'!
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

Turns out TH really likes soya chunks and I try to make different things out of it as much as possible. Cooking it with potatoes and tomatoes is probably my favourite. It goes well with rotis and is neither too watery nor dry - just perfect!

Looking for other soya chunks recipes? Try Chilly Soya Chunks | Soya Chunks Cutlets | Soya Chunks Kurma | Soya Chunks Biryani

Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves 4

2 of medium-sized potatoes
1.5 cups of soya chunks (TVP / Nutrela / Meal Maker)
2 of onions
2 of tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 of green chillies
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
2 tsp of coriander powder

3 tbsp of oil
1/2 tsp of jeera (cumin)
1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of saunf (fennel seeds)
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1/4 tsp of urad dal
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste

How I Made It:

1. Chop the potatoes into small cubes. Peel and cube it if you prefer. Also, potatoes here cook up very fast so I don't par boil them. If you feel it will take too long, pressure cook the potatoes or boil them in some water for 10 mins before using. You can use any variety of potato you like.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

Slice the onions and tomatoes thin and long.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

2. Cook the soya chunks in boiling water with some salt for 10 mins until soft. You can also pressure cook it in some water but I find that cooking it this way is easier. You can add some milk to it at this stage to get rid of the smell of soya chunks. We don't mind it so much so I don't waste milk doing that.

Drain and set aside.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

3. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the cumin, urad dal, fennel seeds, green chillies, garlic ginger, and curry leaves. Saute for a minute until the ginger and garlic smell roasted. Then add the onions and saute until they turn golden brown. Follow it with turmeric, red chilli powder, and coriander. Fry for another minute.

Then, add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture turns mushy - about 3-4 mins.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

4. Squeeze the water out of the cooked soya granules as much as possible and add it to the above mixture along with the potatoes. Mix well and add salt. Sprinkle some water over it and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are cooked soft - about 10 mins.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

Serve hot with rotis or chapatis. I have also served this with jeera rice and it goes well.
Potato and Soya Chunks Masala Recipe

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