Friday, July 23, 2010

Spicy Soya Chunks

My first taste of soya chunks was at a picnic. Initially, I was hesitant to taste the dish thinking they were mutton/chicken pieces. It was introduced to me as "meal-maker". But once I was assured that it is totally vegetarian, I boldly took a bite and liked the taste of it.

I learnt more about it later and found to be very high in protein and is truly a vegetarian's equivalent to non-veg dish. !

These soya chunks when added to any curries or rice dishes, resemble meat pieces and in taste too they being slightly chewy can be mistaken for some non-veg item. Of course meat lovers would definitely not agree with this statement !

Spicy Soya chunks

Soya Chunks
Soya chunks in raw form


Soya Chunks

1 cup

Pepper powder

1 tsp or as per taste


As per taste

Corn flour

2 tbsps

Tomato puree

2 tbsps

Tomato sauce

1 tbsp

Onions (chopped)

1 medium

Green chilies (split)


Ginger (chopped)

1’ piece

Garlic (chopped)

5-6 cloves


2 or 3 tbsps

Curry leaves

1 sprig

Coriander leaves (chopped)

For garnish


  1. Soak the Soya chunks in hot water for about 15 minutes and drain the water completely.
  2. Place these drained soya chunks in a separate bowl and sprinkle pepper powder, salt and corn flour with a little water. Mix well and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan/kadai and fry the soya chunks turning it periodically on a medium flame till they are turned golden brown and crispy. Remove on a paper towel and keep aside.
  4. In the same pan (using the same oil or if necessary add some more oil), add the chopped onions, split green chilies, curry leaves, chopped ginger and garlic. Stir this mixture for a while till the onions are translucent.
  5. Next add tomato puree, and tomato sauce on a low flame. Mix well. After a few minutes, remove from flame.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Serves: 2


It tastes great with rice, chapattis or even puris.

Soya is also available in flake form


  1. it looks yummy. I usually try a paneer chilly recipe for soya chunks

  2. Thanks Anitha for your visit and comments. I just substituted soya for paneer and it turned out so well that I thought of shariing this recipe.

  3. Call it Soya chilli Mealy

  4. Thanks Aparna for your visit and comment.

  5. I tried this recipe today and it was awesome. Very simple recipe with basic ingredients..The crunchiness of the fried soyachunks takes it to another level.thank you for this tasty and easy recipe.

  6. Thanks Mamta for your visit and your comments. It inspires me to do more.