Soya Chunks Kurma

I thought of preparing vegetable kurma, but my hunger didn't allow me to get into the mood of preparing this dish as its preparation is a bit lengthy process. So I thought about preparing a easy and quick kurma dish made out of Soya Chunks. Soya Chunks or Soy Meat are high in protein and prepared using soy flour. You can find this in nearby grocery shops. It helps me a lot whenever I run short of vegetables or when I am in no mood to prepare time consuming dishes.



Ingredients:

Soya Chunks - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 small size or 1/3 cup chopped
Tomato - 1 medium size or 1/2 cup chopped
Green chilli - 1 no
Ginger - 1 inch length piece
Garlic - 2 cloves
Mustard seeds and urid dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 string
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut cloves - 1/4 cup
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste

Method:

1) Microwave the Soya chunks for 2 minutes or soak them in hot water for 15 minutes.
2) Meanwhile in a Mixer, grind ginger, garlic and green chilli to a paste and set aside.
3) Grind chopped tomatoes with red chilli powder and set aside.
4) Next, grind coconut with cumin seeds and set it aside.
5) Take a pan and heat oil in medium flame.
6) When oil is hot, add mustard seeds and urid dal. Allow them to pop up.
7) Add curry leaves followed by chopped onions.
8) Saute onion till they turn translucent.
9) Add ginger garlic green chilli paste (As said in step 2) and keep stirring continuously.
10) After few seconds, add Tomato red chilli paste (As said in step 3) and stir fry till the raw smell of tomatoes goes off.
11) Now, drain the water from soya chunks and squeeze them well to remove the absorbed water.
12) Add the drained soya chunks to the pan.
13) Add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
14) Add little water as it suits and allow it to boil.
15) Add coconut paste (As said in step 4) and bring it to boil and remove it from heat when u smell the nice masala aroma.
16) Soya chunks kurma is ready to serve with chapathi.


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