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How to cook a soya meat curry(Sri Lankan)

A soya meat curry made with soya chunks, a tomato-based spice mix that includes onions, ginger-garlic, green chillies curry powder, turmeric and red chilli powder.

Soya meat is also known as meal maker, veggie chunks, soy meat, soya chunks, soya nuggets, and TVP.

Soya meat makes a healthy substitute for any any types of meat dishes and makes a healthy thick curry flavoured vegetarian dish.

If you’ve never made soya meat or disappointed in the flavors then try this Sri Lankan soya curry for a change.

This soya curry recipe teaches you to add flavour to the soya and taking it from bland to a curry to a curry with great tastes that even kids and adult will enjoy.

What is soya meat?

I’m not going to give you a detailed description, just keep in mind that TVP, soy chunks or soya nuggets which stand for textured vegetable protein is what we call soya meat.

They are basically made from soy proteins and come in different shapes and sizes for our convenience.

These soy meat nuggets/meal maker is a textured vegetarian protein is the closest you’ll come to a meat texture that is completely plant-based.

You can learn how soya meat(meal maker)is produced here.

What to serve with soya meat curry.

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Frequently asked questions: Sri Lankan soya meat curry.

  • How many flavours are there for the soya meat?
    • If you head on to the aisle where you’ll find these packs, you’ll notice how many flavors they come in. 
    • From jackfruit, prawn, chicken to ambulthiyal.
    • Because of the texture of the meal maker and the way it soaks in the flavor, soya meat(meal maker)can be turned into one of your favorite seafood, meat or vegetarian dishes.
    • Knowing how to add that flavor to the curry is what’s going to make the difference in the dish becoming a favorite or not with your family. 
  • Can I use the flavored sachets in the soy meat (meal maker) pack?

I’m not sure I can answer these questions for you, some say they have MSG as a flavour enhancer and I’m not sure how true this is.

choosing to use these sachets is your decision. 
But the soya meat curry recipe given here can be made with or without the sachets.

To those of you who want to use the sachet, I will mention in the recipe instruction at which stage you should add the flavoured sachets.

  • Do I use the sachets? 

Sometimes.

As much as I would like to say”NO”, there have been times I have used the sachets just so that I can finish up with the cooking but for this recipe, I’m going to make the spice mix from scratch.

  • How I make my soya chunk curry and why it’s a favorite with my family.

A few years back, I served soya meat to one of my cousins visiting us,

I clearly remember his reaction to it and how he was reluctant to serve the curry, I asked him to try it and if he doesn’t like the curry, I’ll fry him an egg.

He tried the soya curry, his exact words were, “If someone makes the soya like how you’ve made, I’ll definitely finish the whole thing”.

So I know the way I make the curry is good(not bragging).

Why?

Because I spend a few extra minutes getting the thick gravy done before adding the soya nuggets.

keep in mind that soya chunks(meal maker) turn into sponges when they are soaked in hot water and if you get the gravy thick gravy for the soy meat and the seasoning correct, You’ll have the tastiest soy meat curry of your preference.

So here’s my take on how to cook soya curry.

Utensils/appliances needed.

Knife and chopping board

A medium-sized bowls

Two Medium-sized pans

More soya meat curry recipes.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY- LITLLE CARE IS NEEDED.

Sri Lankan soya meat curry.

2 cups of water

3-4 tablespoons of oil

2-3 red dry chillies(optional, substitute with 1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes)

1 green chilli sliced thin

1 large onion sliced thin

A sprig of curry leaves(substitute with a bay leaf)

1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste

1 large tomato cut into wedges

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 and 1/2 tablespoons of curry powder(try making with jaffna curry powder for a change)

1/2 teaspoon chilli powder(increase to 1 teaspoon or more as per your need)

1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup(add 1 more tablespoon to give more flavor)

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 soya meat packet(2 packs for a family of five)

Salt to season

Method

Regarding quantity.

A packet of soya meat is sufficient for 3 individuals with single servings.

I usually have to make 2 packs for the family (5 individuals with multiple servings).

If you are cooking 2 packs of soya meat, double all ingredients on the ingredient list.

How to prepare the dry soya meat for cooking.

Boil two cups of water in a pan.

Once the water is boiled, remove the pan from the stove(be careful here).

Add a teaspoon of salt followed by the dry soya chunks.

Close the pan with a lid and leave the soya meat in for 5 minutes or until the chunks have expanded and taken the texture of tiny sponges.

Place the pan in a sink and drain the excess water until you are left with the soya chunks.

Run cold water for a few seconds through the veggie chunks to remove heat. 

Take a handful of the soya, squeeze and squeeze until you remove water from them.

Take care not to burn your hands while doing this with the remaining heat from the water you are squeezing out. set aside.

How to make soya meat (soy meat) curry.

In a separate pot, over medium heat, pour in the oil(4 tbsps), followed by dry red or green chillies(2-3), onions(1 large), curry leaves(a sprig/ substitute with a bay leaf), ginger-garlic paste(1tbsp) and tomato(1 medium).

Cook the ingredients for 7-10 minutes or until the onions turn slightly golden and the tomato wedges become easy to crush with your wooden spoon.

Reduce heat if you notice the ingredients sticking to the pan but continue cooking over low heat.

Once the ingredients in the pan turn soft, add turmeric(1/2 tsp), curry powder(1 and 1/2 tbsps), chilli powder(1/2 tsp), salt to season and combine all ingredients well.

Finally add the tomato sauce(1 tbs).

Mix all the ingredients in the pan well and make sure the spices are not sticking to the pan.

Check the taste and make the necessary adjustments to suit you.

You can add more curry powder(1 teaspoon more)if you find the curry taste is not coming through.

Pour in the coconut milk(1/2 cup, thick milk), gently stir and let the gravy thicken over low heat.

Once the gravy cooks for 5 minutes, add the soya chunks.

Mix well, cover halfway with a lid and let the curry slow simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until gravy thickens and changes colour.

Cook until the gravy slightly coats the soya chunks.

Season with salt if necessary, remove from heat and remove from the stove.

Serve with your favorite rice and curry dishes.

soya meat curry served in a bowl.

How to cook a Sri Lankan-vegetarian soya meat curry.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A soya meat curry made with soya chunks, a tomato-based spice mix that includes onions, ginger-garlic, green chillies curry powder, turmeric and red chilli powder.

Soya meat is also known as meal maker, veggie chunks, soy meat, soya chunks, soya nuggets, and TVP.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3-4 tablespoons of oil
  • 2-3 red dry chillies(optional, substitute with 1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes)
  • 1 green chilli sliced thin
  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder(increase to 1 teaspoon or more as per your need)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup(add 1 more tablespoon to give more flavor)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 soya meat packet(2 packs for a family of five)
  • Salt to season

Instructions

Regarding quantity.

  1. A packet of soya meat is sufficient for 3 individuals with single servings.
  2. I usually have to make 2 packs for the family (5 individuals with multiple servings).
  3. If you are cooking 2 packs of soya meat, double all ingredients on the ingredient list.

How to prepare the dry soya meat for cooking.

  1. Boil two cups of water in a pan.
  2. Once the water is boiled, remove the pan from the stove(be careful here). add a teaspoon of salt followed by the dry soya chunks.
  3. Close the pan with a lid and leave the soya meat in for 5 minutes or until the chunks have expanded and taken the texture of tiny sponges.
  4. Place the pan in a sink and drain the excess water until you are left with the soya chunks.
  5. Run cold water for a few seconds through the veggie chunks to remove heat. 
  6. Take a handful of the soya, squeeze and squeeze until you remove water from them.
  7. Take care not to burn your hands while doing this with the remaining heat from the water you are squeezing out. set aside.

How to make soya meat (soy meat) curry.

  1. In a separate pot, over medium heat, pour in the oil(4 tbs), followed by dry red or green chillies(2-3), onions(1 large), curry leaves(a sprig), ginger-garlic paste(1tbsp) and tomato(1).
  2. Cook the ingredients for 7-10 minutes or until the onions turn slightly golden and the tomato wedges become easy to crush with your wooden spoon.
  3. Reduce heat if you notice the ingredients sticking to the pan but continue cooking over low heat.
  4. Once the ingredients in the pan turn soft, add turmeric(1/2 tsp), curry powder(1 and 1/2 tbs), chilli powder(1/2 tsp), and salt to season and combine all ingredients well, finally add the tomato sauce(1 tbs).
  5. Mix all the ingredients in the pan well and make sure the spices are not sticking to the pan.
  6. Check the taste and make the necessary adjustments to suit you.
  7. You can add more curry powder(1 teaspoon more)if you find the curry taste is not coming through.
  8. Pour in the coconut milk(1/2 cup, thick milk), gently stir and let the gravy thicken over low heat.
  9. Once the gravy cooks for 5 minutes, add the soya chunks.
  10. Mix well, cover halfway with a lid and let the curry slow simmer for another 15-20 minutes until gravy thickens and you notice they cover the soya chunks as well.
  11. Season with salt if necessary, and remove from heat.
  12. Serve with your favourite rice and curry dishes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 18g

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Aid

Monday 9th of May 2022

Could I ask how many grams of meal maker do you use, as they come in different size packs here. Thanks

jehan

Friday 13th of May 2022

Hi Aid, apologies for the late reply. you can use a 100g pack to make the soya curry. regards, J

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