DH has some nice friends who cook well. Thats why he survives without depending restaurant food in my absence.(he buys it when am with.. :)) They would often talk about one among them, who chops lots of onions and tomatoes before deciding what to cook.. :) And he too would say, I put whatever ingredients which are reachable, even without knowing what are they.. :) Yeah, am coming to the fact, I just remembered this guy's talks while making soya chunks curry.. I didn't like soya chunks and always thought it is hard to make these chunks tasty.. I always added 'whatever ingredients' like the above told guy while making it.. I tried soya chunks biryani too, and ate the rice part only.. Here is a simple soya chunks curry, which tasted good next day.. I think it takes much time to absorb all the goodness of the spices used.. More over I added a little of leftover chicken curry to that.. hm, you can decide the taste.. :)
One more thing, many are taking too much of soy products because of the high protein content, and other nutrients. I know from some people that taking too much of soya products led them to kidney stones and other health related problems. So beware of including much soya in your food.
soya chunks 1 cup
garlic paste 1 tsp
ginger paste 1 tsp
chilli powder 1/2 tsp
coriander powder 2 Tbsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 3 tsp or as desired
coriander leaves chopped 2 Tbsp
thick coconut milk 1 cup
water to cook
How to prepare
Soak soya chunks in water for 2 hours.
Squeeze and remove water.
Chop them into four pieces.
Chop onions, tomatoes finely.
Heat oil, saute onions.
Saute garlic and ginger paste when the onions are transparent.
Stir for a while, add tomatoes and all the powders except garam masala and pepper.
Stir for few seconds.
Add soya chunks with enough salt.
Add 1 cup water allow to cook.
Check and if the water is reduced and chunks are not cooked well, add little more water to cook well.
Add garam masala and pepper to this and mix well.
When the curry turns thick and the chunks are cooked, add coconut-milk.
Allow to boil for few seconds and add coriander leaves to this.
When the curry turns thick, remove from fire.
I don't know the actual cooking time for soy chunks and I cooked it for a long time, if you know please leave a comment.