Prepping Soya Chunks

  • ▢0.5 cup soya chunks – 50 grams

  • ▢1.5 cups water

  • ▢0.5 pinch salt – optional

For Curry

  • ▢1.5 tablespoons oil – coconut or any neutral oil

  • ▢0.5 cup finely chopped onions – 120 grams or 1 medium to large

  • ▢0.25 cup finely chopped tomatoes – or 110 grams or 1 medium-sized

  • ▢0.5 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste

  • ▢0.13 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • ▢0.5 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or cayenne

  • ▢0.5 teaspoon Coriander Powder

  • ▢0.25 teaspoon cumin powder

  • ▢0.25 teaspoon fennel powder – optional

  • ▢0.25 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder

  • ▢1 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

  • ▢0.5 tablespoon chopped mint leaves

  • ▢0.5 cup water

  • ▢salt as required

  • ▢0.5 cup coconut milk


  • ▢0.5 tablespoon oil – coconut or any neutral oil

  • ▢6 to 7.5 curry leaves

  • ▢0.5 to 1 green chillies – slit or sliced

For Garnish (Choose Any One)

  • ▢0.5 to 1 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

  • ▢0.5 to 1 tablespoons chopped mint leaves or a few mint sprigs

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Instructions Prepping Soya Chunks

  • Rinse the chunks 2 to 3 times in water and drain all the water. Add 3 cups water and pinch of salt to a pan. Add soya chunks.

  • Boil for 5 minutes. This means that after the water starts to boil, continue to boil for a total of 5 minutes on medium heat.

  • Drain the water. Rinse very well with fresh water.

  • Press and squeeze the chunks to remove all the extra water the chunks have absorbed. Set aside.

Sautéing Onions, Tomatoes, Herbs

  • Heat 3 tablespoons neutral oil in a pan. Keep heat to medium-low or medium.

  • Add 1 cup finely chopped onions and begin to sauté in the oil on medium-low to medium heat.

  • Continue to sauté until onions start to caramelize and turn golden. Reduce heat to low.

  • Add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste to the pan with your caramelized onions.

  • Mix and sauté for few seconds on a low heat until the raw aroma is gone.

  • Add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes. Sauté on low to medium-low heat until tomatoes soften and become pulpy. Let oil release from the sides.

  • Add ground spices and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on low heat.

Assemble And Cook Curry

  • Add soya chunks with 2 tablespoons chopped coriander and 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves.

  • Mix well and season with salt.

  • Add 1 cup water.

  • Mix well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.

  • TIP: If you do not have coconut milk, you can stop here and serve the soya chunks curry. The gravy here will have a medium to medium-thick consistency. If the gravy looks very thick, simply add a bit more water. Be careful not to add too much, as this will dilute the flavors.

Optional – Add Coconut Milk

  • If including coconut milk, first switch off heat and then add 1 cup coconut milk.

  • Mix very well. Put on the heat and simmer on low until the gravy is hot and then switch off heat. Do not boil as the heat can curdle the coconut milk.

Optional – Temper Curry Leaves And Chiles

  • If you use coconut milk, I recommend following this step. Tempering the curry leaves and green chillies adds a lot of flavor to the curry gravy. If you are not using coconut milk, you can skip this step.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Whichever oil you have used earlier, use the same oil at this step.

  • Add 1 or 2 sliced green chillies (depending on your heat preference) and fry them for a few seconds.

  • Add 12 to 15 curry leaves (chopped or kept whole).

  • Stirring well, fry for a few seconds until curry leaves are crisp.

  • Add the tempered spices and oil to the prepared meal maker curry. Mix well.

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