Soya chunks in a flavourful green masala is my and my hubby's favorite with any indian bread - chapathi, roti, parota. The aroma of garlic and ginger is toxicating. The tanginess from lots of lemon juice with spiciness from green chillies makes this simple dish taste awesome. With very few ingredients you can make a great tasting healthy dish.
Soya in rich in proteins, that way it keeps you feeling full for long hours. That in turn helps you keep hunger at bay and helps you deal with sugar craving. Thus, it indirectly helps in weight loss.
The best thing about this recipe is you can prepare this green masala with potatoes, capsicums, ridge gourd and soya. I prepare a big batch of the ground masala for busy weekdays, store it in the frigde and use it whenever required. Dice potatoes, capsicums or ridge gourd and prepare the dish in the same way as mentioned below.
2 cups of soya chunks
1 big chopped onion
3-4 green chillies
3 tablespoons of grated coconut
2 tablespoons of cumin
2 inch of ginger
10 garlic cloves
1 lemon/1 table spoon of tamarind
1 bunch of fresh coriander leaves
A pinch of turmeric
3 tablespoons of oil
Salt to taste
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Preparing the green masala:
1. Grind peeled garlic cloves, peeled ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, cumin, tamarind (you can avoid this if your using lemon in the end) into a coarse powder without using any water.
Prepping the soya chunks:
2. Soak the soya chunks in water for 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the soya chunks. If they are of a smaller size then soak them for 15 minutes.
2. Squeeze out all the water from the soya chunks and chop them each into 2-4 pieces depending on their size. That way they take up the masala well and taste good. Or else they taste bland.
3. Heat up a frying pan, add in oil, chopped onions and saute them until they sweat and turn translucent. Add salt to fasten their cooking process.
4. Then add turmeric powder, ground masala, grated coconut and mix well.
5. Add in chopped soya chunks and mix well. Sprinkle some water if required to bring together all the ingredients. We need a very dry dish so do not add excess water.
6. Cook closed for 2-3 minutes and saute in between. Check and adjust salt.
7. Put off the flame, add in lemon juice and mix well. Add lemon juice if you haven't added tamarind to the ground masala.
8. Serve hot soya with an Indian bread of your choice.
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