How to cook a Sri Lankan-vegetarian soya meat curry(gluten-free).
A vegetarian dish made with mealmaker.
A meat substitute for all vegan and vegetarian diets full of plant-based protein.
The trick is knowing how to add flavor to the soya and taking it from bland to a curry with taste.
What is Soya/ meal maker?
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 other names is soya meat known as?
As mentioned above soya meat is also called veggie chunks, soy chunks, soy meat, meal maker, TVP, under the Nutrela brand name.
Veggie chunks are not for everyone…
It’s not going to be everyone’s favorite but soya meat curry is certainly a dish my terrible four love.
Yes, they absolutely love the dish, me, not so much and even if I did, there’s usually nothing left except the gravy.
In raw form, soy veggie chunks look inedible with its hard texture and color but when soaked they turn into small sponges that you can work with.
Honestly, not everyone likes soya meat curry, as I mentioned earlier, my kids love it but I don’t.
Then you have a few who really haven’t tried the dish but tend to be put off because of the way, it looks when it’s raw.
But most really have no idea on how to cook soy meat curry.
How many flavors are there
to the soya nuggets?
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)
I’m not sure I can answer this questions for you, some say they have MSG as a flavor 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.
Do I use the sachets?
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.
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How I make my soya chunk curry
and why it’s a favorite with
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).
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.
Knife and chopping board
A medium-sized bowls
Two Medium-sized pans
Other vegetarian/vegan curries you might like.
Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.
Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
2 cups of water
3-4 tablespoons of oil
2-3 red dry chillies
1 green chilli sliced thin
1 large onion sliced thin
1 sprig of curry 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
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 Soya meat packet
Salt to season
How to prepare soy meat to cook.
In a pan, boil two cups of water until the water bubbles.
Remove the pan from heat(be careful here)once the water is boiled, add a teaspoon of salt followed by the soya chunks.
Close the pan with a lid and leave the soy meat 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 excess water you are squeezing out. set aside.
How to make soya meat(meal maker, soy meat)curry.
In a separate pot, over medium heat, pour in the oil, followed by dry red and green chillies, onions, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes.
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, curry powder, chilli powder, salt to season and combine all ingredients well, finally add the tomato sauce.
Mix all the ingredients in the pan well and make sure they are not sticking to the pan, check the taste and make necessary adjustments to suit your taste, you can add more curry powder if you find the curry taste is not coming through.
Pour in the coconut 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 until gravy thickens and you notice they cover the soya chunks as well.
Season with salt if necessary, remove from heat.
Serve with your favorite rice and curry dishes.
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HOW TO PREPARE SOY MEAT TO COOK.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1586 Total Fat: 125g Saturated Fat: 38g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 73g Cholesterol: 127mg Sodium: 3045mg Carbohydrates: 76g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 27g Protein: 54g
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