Soya Chunks Masala

I’m shocked I don’t have a topic to write about… hehe… so strange of me, right? Let me leave you guys with a quote – something I am trying to learn myself…


Since the whole house knows that my D does not like soya chunks, we never keep stock of the same. I keep seeing recipes of soya chunks cooked in various formats and I really get intrigued as to how this would taste if properly cooked. So at a time when D was on his home visits, I bought a pack. Called my HD and asked, “Are you OK with soya?” “Yes, why ask?” “If you don’t eat, then there is no point in cooking, right?” “I’m OK with anything, you know that…”


So with the help of google grandma (as she knows everything!!! πŸ˜‰ ), I started looking around for a masala recipe. Mixing and matching as per our requirements, I prepared this as a lazy dinner and served it with the pack of bread which was threatening to be stale. I should say, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Nor did it smell weird like I’ve read from many places, but it tasted so “non-vegetarian”!!!



Soya Chunks Masala

Course Vegeterian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup soya chunks small one
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves
  • A small pc cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Pressure cook the soya chunks in two glasses of water and a pinch of salt for one whistle.
  • Once the pressure is gone, drain the soya chunks into a seive and squeeze of the water. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the cloves, cinnamon and cumin and allow it to splutter.
  • Add the onions and the green chillies and saute till translucent.
  • Add the ginger, garlic and tomato paste and allow to cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the masalas and saute till a nice aroma comes. Adjust the salt.
  • Add the drained soya chunks into this, give it a nice mix and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes for the masala to incorporate.
  • Serve warm with chappathis or bread!

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    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  1. healthy and protein rich curry

    1. thank u so much veena…

  2. yummy and inviting recipe…

    1. thank u so much shama…

  3. such a co incident, I wanted to ask u a doubt abt using soya and ur todays post is on it πŸ™‚ simple and lovely post, anyhow will mail u up my quire

    1. thank u so much aara… would be glad to help on ur query dear… πŸ™‚

  4. Wonderful curry and a great quote.. πŸ™‚ I have some soya sitting in the pantry will try this soon πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  5. this is such a yummy recipe with soya

    1. thank u so much…

  6. ah the google grandma! we must be cousins then as we share the same granny! But its not fair that granny gives u better recipes :P..this one looks delish!

    1. haha jehanne… πŸ˜€ yeah we must be cousins!!! thanks a lot dear…

  7. I have a love hate relationship with soya,sometime I love it and sometimes I hate it..this is looking soo delicious πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much vineetha… i guess it depends on how it is cooked… πŸ™‚

  8. looks too good.. me too hate soya.. bt make it once in a while jus cos it is healthy..

    1. thank u so much laxmi…

  9. Even sometime my brain will go blank and i'll sit for hours to write an intro for my post. Love seriously soya in anything, my fav.

    1. u too akka… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  10. i love soya chunks dear…its so good to use them in curry

    1. thank u so much divya…

  11. Looks fab dear πŸ™‚ drooling πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

  12. I too am ready to cook soya in any form but there are no take here.:) Your preparation looks soo good …

    1. same here too… but slowly i can see things are changing… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  13. I used to hate soya as a kid…but surprisingly I like it now…this recipe sounds delicious

    1. thank u so much anupa… πŸ™‚

  14. This is probably the equivalent of tofu here. I always find it very bland, but will bookmark this- now I'm excited to buy some soon :))

    1. i thought tofu was equivalent to paneer??? please let me know if i am wrong… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot tisa…

  15. I used to cry when mom makes soya chunks, even now not a big fan.

    It gives a look of a mutton thick gravy. tempting dish though.

    1. i love that crying comment, even i used to do that… hehe… yes, really it does give a more "non-veg" look… thanks a lot…

  16. delicious n tempting soya recipe…perfect side dish..

    1. thank u so much preeti…

  17. I was looking for recipe Rafeeda, I will try this masala, Any way soya chunks is calling me.

    1. hopefully it will turn out well for u, swathi… πŸ™‚

  18. Soya chunks are my kids favourite and so I do prepare them often,sometimes with a combination of paneer and soya.Nice recipe Rafee and loved your usage of 'google grandma'..hehe

    1. paneer and soya sounds good priya… πŸ™‚ the google grandma usage is "lifted" frm my colleague… hehe… πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot dear…

  19. I don't think I am familiar with soya chunks? We have tofu here but you don't have to pressure cook just falls apart. Interesting! Anything in masala is great so I am sure this is good!


    1. soya chunks is quite hard, it needs to be cooked to soften. tofu is very similar to paneer (cottage cheese) i suppose, so it's not the same thing. here we get it as "soya chunks" in packets, in the spices section… πŸ™‚ hope this helps…

  20. Hey Rafeeda,

    Lemme say… a lovely recipe, as I'm pretty much a protein-fan! πŸ™‚

    Immediately followed with the link u shared πŸ™‚ Keep cooking…

    1. thank u so much sj… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much dear…

  21. Ahh.. That definitely looks like a non vegetarian dish !! If properly cooked, soya is a very tasty & healthy dish.. If not, u can hate it to the core πŸ˜‰

    1. exactly chitz… if not cooked properly, vaayil vekkan kollilla!!! thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  22. Tempting clicks and awesome dish! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much sangeetha… πŸ™‚

  23. Hi Rafeeda, this dish look inviting. Looking at the ingredients, I'm sure it taste awesome.

    Warm regards.

    1. Thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

  24. hirafeeitha,my hubby also hates soyachunks,but i loved it…but soyachunks is laying in my pantry for few days…until,i got the idea of making soyachunks masala in my own way…i sandwiched it in bread,applied thin slice of butter and toasted it in my sandwich maker yest for tastes yummy!!!…my hubby loves it very much..he asked me "what did u made for filling,is it mutton?..I replied,'No,its a soya chunks"…he couldn't believe it!!!…do u know the reason why he liked it?..bcoz,instead of using whole, i shred the soyachunks into tiny pieces and made masala…that's the reason,it tastes like meat…i hope that even soyachunk haters will definetely love to eat it…prepare it same for ur Dad:)

    1. Thank u so much dear… in fact, I'd made soya chunks cutlet n uppa did eat it despite knowing it!!! πŸ™‚ Will post soon…

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