Friday, January 7, 2011

Soy Nuggets Subji

I did not make any big resolutions this new year but for some reason my second post for the year is super healthy too. After tofu it is soy nuggets this time. To tell the truth I hate soy nuggets. To me they are mushy and tasteless. To top it, I can never figure out how to use it in my day to day cooking. But every time I go to the Indian store I religiously buy them. It sits in my pantry for a few months and then one day (this typically happens when I am very tiered) I soak them in boiling water. It then sits around until my daughter comes back from school. She takes one look at that and promptly says "Amma I don't think I am hungry today". To pacify her I abandon the idea of making soy nuggets and make whatever she wants for dinner. This time when I got it I figured I better read a little bit more about it and really make an attempt in making it taste better. I cam across a curry in Sindi Rasoi and I think my love/hate relationship with soy nuggets has finally come to an end. I tried this with some variation and hurray, finally a delecious dish did emerge from these soy nuggets. So any one out there who has been struggling like me try this recipe out...

- 1/2 packet soy nuggets (I used Nutrela)
- 1 big onion chopped
- 3 tomatoes chopped
- 2-3 green chilies
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tsp corriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- red chili powder to taste (I added it to give a little bit more flavor to the nuggets)
- 1/2 beetroot pealed and chopped (This is optional. It gives a nice color)

- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tsp jeera
- 1 tsp fennel seeds

1. Soak the soy nuggets in hot water for 30 minutes.
2. In a pressure cooker add oil and the seasoning. Once it turns color add your chilies and onion. Fry till it is golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook till it mushes up.
3. Now add turmeric powder, chili powder and corriander powder and give it a good mix. Add salt. Adjust to your taste but remember that your nuggets do not have any salt.
4. Now squeeze your nuggets and add them to this mixture. Add water till the nuggets are immersed in water. Cook this for at least FIVE whistles. I think this is very important for the nuggets to turn soft.
5. Once cooked remove the lid and add the garam masala powder and stir well. Let it boil for a few more minutes.

Garnish and serve it hot with roti or rice.


savitha ramesh

very new to me and ur story says me to try one day.....thanks for sharing dear..


So tempting and delicious sabji..


Yumm - we love this kind of curry - big fan of soy nuggets!!

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