Soya Chunk Cutlets

I had a question asked by Meena in my last post, as to how we are able to hold on to our temptation of having something in between dawn to dusk. Actually speaking, we don’t feel any temptation! Ask any Muslim who fasts sincerely and he or she will tell you that. We start in the morning with the intention of fasting and since like all other fasts, this is for the Almighty so we actually don’t feel any inclination towards food apart from the time when dusk approaches, when you start feeling really hungry and thirsty! At that time, nobody would want to break their fast when they have gone hungry all that time, right? πŸ™‚


There are basically two important meals during a fast – the Iftar (breaking the fast) and the Suhoor (launching the fast). The Iftar is very important, in the sense that it is the first meal taken after a long hard day of going without food and water. Our Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said, “If anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates. In case he does not have them, then with water. Verily, water is a purifier.” Why dates and water? The minerals and fibers found in dates helps to bring the sugar levels of a fasting person to normalcy without affecting the body balance, in a way that no other food is able to do. This is proven by science as well. The pH balance of water is also ideal for the fasting body state. It is always preferred to break the fast with both these preferred modes, before proceeding to having anything. From experience, I have noticed that anytime we break fast otherwise, it leaves a heaviness that will take quite a lot of time to get back to normal!


During Iftar, we normally do not make it a point to pamper ourselves with fried stuff. We try to keep away from it as much as possible. Only if the men really put in a word about their cravings, do my umma and I give in! Actually, avoiding fried items allows less time in the kitchen and more time for the activities meant for Ramadan! There used to be a time, when umma used to fry daily, but that was when we were in school. As we grew up, even we started insisting that we did not want them because we used to feel so heavy after every Iftar. Most of the time now, we go for snacks which are easily made or can be made in advance and made just half an hour before Iftar. The below is one such snack that can be prepared and frozen. When it’s time, just thaw it for 15 minutes and fry it in hot oil, as simple as that! Even though my D is not fond of soya chunks, he ate this despite me telling him that it is soya, because it felt to him more like non-veg cutlets! πŸ˜‰



Soya Chunk Cutlets

Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1-1/2 cup soya chunks
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • A handful curry leaves torn
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • Bread crumbs for coating
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Pressure cook the soya chunks to one whistle. Cut the potatoes into half and pressure cook the potatoes for a whistle and five minutes till done.
  • Drain the soya chunks and wash well in sufficient water for the smell to go.
  • Squeeze the chunks well to drain excess water. Mince in the grinder.
  • Peel the cooked potatoes, mash it up without lumps and add it to the soya mince.
  • Add the remaining ingredients from onion to salt and mix well to incorporate. Make into round patties, dip in the beaten egg and roll in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the cutlets till done. Serve hot with ketchup or chilli sauce.

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  1. Rafee,can understand what you wrote there on fasting.I have seen many doing it sincerly. Devotion is above hunger …
    This soya cutlet though it's fried,superbly healthy.

    1. Thank u so much dhyuthi… πŸ™‚

  2. Hey Rafee, l feel so surreal everytime I see my name on ur blog with the link.
    This seems like our usual chat more than a post :))
    Honestly I just love the way you explain things with atmost sincerity.I have had so many Muslim friends,have gone for so many iftars but never felt so free to ask how u do it.May be blogging or may be its our friendship… it just came up :))
    May God give you all the strength to fast and seek his blessings.

    Iyoo cutletinde karyum marunnu… πŸ™‚ one of my favorite but never tried with soya.

    1. I agree with Meena.. your writing is so sincere Rafee.. and thank you for such detailed writing. This q did cross my mind too. God bless you girl πŸ™‚ cutlet looks delicious. ..yeah never tried soya one though

    2. Thank u so much both of u… ur comments never fail 2 bring a smile on my face anytime!!! πŸ™‚

  3. nice to know more details on fasting…
    soya chunk cutlets look perfect and delicious….

    1. Thank u so much amila..

  4. A protein-packed cutlets πŸ™‚ 'M loving it…

    1. Thank u so much shruthi… πŸ™‚

  5. I have wondered many times n asked my friends how they are able to fast whole day. They have given the same answers as u told :). It was great to read about fasting. Soya chunk cutlets look great, veggie-meat cutlet πŸ˜‰

    1. Yeah Sree, they wud!! Food is of no concrn during fasting.. thanks a lot, dear… πŸ™‚

  6. Cutlets look delicious.

    1. Thank u so much sona…

  7. cutles looks mouthwatering..

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  8. I remember fasting with my muslim friends once during my college days…I felt really nice to fast with them from dawn to dusk and break the fast with them…I remember breaking fast with water and then going to have some thari kanji :)..

    Cutlets look yummy Rafeeda

    1. Gud 2 know dat Kaveri… thank u so much… πŸ™‚

  9. Yummy looking cutlets, and I love reading your beautifully written posts πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much dear 4 ur lovely comments… it has made my day? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. even tho I am a big fan of cutlets, I have never tried soya chunk version! This looks delicious, and bookmarking for iftar soon! Thanks Rafee:-)

    1. U shud dear…such an easy way 2 make cutlets!!! πŸ™‚

  11. these looks yumm Rafeeda and I do them once in a while. Here everyone prefer the chicken version..
    Even I prefer to pan fry them than deep frying them. I made 80 chicken cutlets last week and froze them..It makes life easy while fasting..

    1. Smtms, even we shallow fry as well 2 give a good feel… hehe… 80 cutlets wud last 4 whole Ramadan I suppose!!! πŸ˜€

  12. very yummy and delicious cutlets dear..luks hot..

    1. Thank u so much usha..

  13. I had made soya chunk like beef, but never tried cutlets even though I had heard it during our lent period a lot. I should try making these cutlets one of these days. Thanks for the recipe Rafeeda!!

    1. My pleasure Shibi.. πŸ™‚

  14. Ohhhh mouth watering!!!!!!thanx for the recipe

    1. Thank u so much divya..

  15. Have never considered the chunks for cutlets before but its certainly a wonderful idea. I still have some pieces and these will be used to make such crispy cutlets.

    1. Do let me know if u try them, nava.. thanks a lot.. πŸ™‚

  16. Those pics invites….Fasting and so cant say more…..hehe

    1. Hehe fabu… πŸ™‚

  17. It's ur dedication & sincerity to God that makes ur fasting a success, I feel now πŸ™‚ And delicious looking soya cutlets.. Never have tried this way !!

    1. Thanks a lot Chitra.. our fasts r a testimony of how much close u can get 2 Allah.. πŸ™‚

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