Soya chunks is high in protein. It can be a meat replacer for the vegetarians. It has high protein content and has very less fat. I remember the college days when we used to get the soya chunks curry in the hostel mess.I tasted the soya chunks for the first time then. All my friends were very fond of it and would eat it happily saying its "chicken".
This is a simple recipe and its best as a dry curry. I used Nutrela soya chunks which is available in any Indian grocery store.
Soya chunks - 2 cups
Onion - 1 large, finely chopped
Tomato - 2 small, finely chopped
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp or to taste
Chicken Masala - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder -1/2 tsp
Pepper powder -1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Boil about 3 cups of water in a vessel with a little salt. When the water starts boiling, add soya chunks and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. Let it remain so for about 10-15 minutes. The soya chunks would become soft and big now. Now drain the water and allow the soya to cool. Squeeze out all the water from these chunks using hands and keep them aside.
In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add cumin seeds.
When they finish popping, add onions and ginger-garlic paste. Saute until onion becomes transparent.
Now add tomatoes.When the tomatoes become tender, add chilli powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and chicken masala.
Saute until the raw smell of the masala goes. Add the soya chunks and mix well.
Now add about 3/4 th cup of water and salt.Pressure cook for about 2 whistles.
Mostly curry will be dry. If not, just keep stirring the curry in the cooker for a few minutes on medium flame so that masala gets dry and get coated well to soya chunks.
Garnish with coriander leaves.