Sep 14, 2012

Soya nuggy masala

Soya, its goodness, its yumminess ummmmmmmmmm... we love it. For me and my kids soya is a saviour many a days. My kids love them and they name them veggie chicken so its a very entertained curry for casual dinners. There are so many ways you can add soya to your diet but as curries it is very easy and simple in every way - to eat, to make and to enjoy :)

In recent time i have seen soya related food and food products are gaining popularity. This  is mainly attributed to its surprisingly good health benefits. Naming them down is not my intent here cos i know you can google it in a matter of secs. Keeping these in mind i never forget to add it to our routine meals. Not everyday of course but quite often for sure. The plus that i have in adding it is my kids love for it. Whenever i have made this, i have noticed  that their hunger starts from the moment they see the nuggets. My lil one still calls them 'nuggies'. During the time that i spend in the kitchen for making these nuggy special curries i have n number of visits from both my little bugs. Big bug asks "Is it ready yet mamma... how long do you think its gonna take?? " Little bug asks "Leady Leady ???" And no wonder chapathis served with this favorite curry are gobbled up in no time. A heavenly helping hand for mommy.

This recipe is a simple way of making dry sabji that involves very few spices and very few steps too. Love to my buggies in a simple way.

Serves... 2-3 ppl 
Serve option... Roti, Poori

This is what u'll need....

Soya Nuggets - 2 cups
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 big
Whole garam masala
Gg paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Cook soya chunks with a little salt and drain them a little. They usually need a couple of washes with water before they can go in the curry. Dont forget the salt because we want it soaked in the nuggets for a uniform taste
  • Pour oil into a kadai and add whole garam masala
  • When you can smell the sweet aroma of garam masala, toss in roughly chopped onions and fry till golden brown
  • Add gg paste and fry till you can smell it cooked. If  its not cooked properly, you will smell it in the curry too which usually doesnt serve right for me. So sweat out a little here for a few extra seconds
  • Chop tomatoes into small pieces and add it to the onion, gg mix. Also toss in all the dry spice powders  and dont forget the salt here. Remember to add less salt as we added enough for the nuggets too. Mix them all together and let them cook covered for a few minutes with a couple of stirs in between
  • Drop in the drained soya nuggets and blend it in with the mixture so that all the spice can go through the spongy soya chunks. Cook them covered for a couple of minutes on low flame
  • Take the lid off the kadai and cook the curry for a few more minutes till the water evaporates. Dont dry it too much either because they taste better when moist inside than when rubbery and dry. Remove from flame and transfer it to a serving bowl. You have Soya nuggy curry ready to served your favorite way

  • Careful with the salt as we are adding in 2 portions
  • Gg paste needs a good stir to have the pungent smell make its way out 
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves for extra flavor. Sorry but i dint have any today

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