Friday, August 22, 2008


I need to really thank sia of moonsoon spice to host the JFI-SOY event.
It actually fits perfectly as an ingredient for life. A wonder food, that is an excellent source of healthy nutrition to the body.
Back in India, when I worked as nutritionist, soy was something I prescribed to all my patients.
textured vegetable protein is the most famous form of soy that is available in India, under the brand name of nutrella.
when I came here to the United states, I was in awe to see the different forms of soy foods available. from soft to firm tofu, from soy flour to garden burgers, from flavoured soy milk to soy ice creams, it was tasty to go all soy.

my husband is a vegetarian, so for me to give him his daily protein I thought I had a lot of choices. but alas....husbands are like fussy kids. You have to keep trying out different forms of the same thing. he loves tofu and the soy patties that we get for burgers. that's about it.
the textured soy, he is not a great fan of.
a few days back we went to whole foods and picked up lemon herbed soy kebabs. they are available under the brand of "yves". My husband was open to the idea of trying it out. but once again, all in vain. he did not like the taste. so I had to come up with something that satisfied his palate. I thought let me make like a tawa fry with bell peppers and onions. something like tandoori shimla mirchi chicken but with soy.
It actually tasted lot better, and the addition of veggies gave it a good crunch with lots of flavour.

here is the recipe. and off it goes for the JFI-soy event.

You will need

  • soy chunks (you can use nutrella, or the store bought soy kebabs)
  • tomato-1
  • onion-1
  • green bell peppers-1 big
  • ginger and chilly paste- 1 tsp
  • red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
  • garam masala-1 /2 tsp
  • tandoori masala- 1 tsp
  • chaat masala- 1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil- 1 tbsp

You will have to

  1. heat oil in a pan. saute the chopped onions, along with the ginger chilly paste.
  2. add the tomatoes and saute. add the chopped bell peppers. add salt. cover and cook for a few minutes.
  3. now add the soy chunks. along with all the spices. mix up everything . let it cook on high flame for a few minutes. scrape all the masala from the sides of the pan.
  4. empty out in a plate. serve hot. you can add a few drops of lemon juice too.

NOTE:you can make this with soy chunks too. just soak them in hot water half an hour before. the same can be made with tofu too.

have a great weekend


Suma Rajesh said...

i love soya in any dishes....urs looks tempting and inviting me to have one bite...wht to do?...its such a mouthwatering dish..hope u had a ncie time with it


thatz a new dish for me. looks really yummy ..

notyet100 said...

nice recipe,,,will tate great with paranthas..

delhibelle said...

that looks delicious karuna, we also don't care much for mock meat products but this sems to be really tasty. will try it next time

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks tempting. Sounds healthy.

david santos said...

Great posting, great menu and good food.
Thank you.
Have a nice Day.

Sameera.. said...

Soy is healthy and "S" is a biiig soy fan !
I made soy manchurian and it was all over...
This looks good too !
I can make it for him...
Best Rgds,
Sam !

Sangeeth said...

A great recipe dear....

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