Soya chunks/ Meal maker Gravy Recipe

Soya chunks/ Meal maker masala Gravy

Who doesn’t have a sweet corner (Or a hot corner, strictly speaking) for Meal maker/ Soya chunks in his/her heart? None, I know of. Even if you say No, just try this one out and you would give your whole heart, (Not just corners, mind you!) to this meal maker gravy 😉

Home Making Delight presents you the Soya chunks/meal maker gravy, in which the chewy and healthy soya chunks (meal makers) are cooked in hot and spicy Indian masalas and this would make a pakka accompaniment for your Poori / chapathi /Naan/ Roti/ Kulchas.. Needless to say; this would easily become kids’ favorite side dish/gravy and moms can be happy about adding a healthy one to their favorites. 🙂

Meal-maker/Soya chunks gravy from Home-Making-Delight

All moms know what their kids’ favorites are. But, how many of you know what your mom’s favorite food is and how often she gets to eat that? I literally felt ashamed when I had to ASK my mom what she likes the most, when comes to food. Moms know; they don’t have to ask. I then mollified myself saying that “It is better late than never”. And, I found out the food items that are dear to her heart and cooked a few when I got a good chance a few days back. Most of them were traditional South Indian dishes but, surprisingly, meal-maker was the only one exception in that list and I prepared that for her over her visit to my place. Good that it came out well and she liked it. I was feeling so relieved and got to feel a kind of happiness that is so inexplicable by words 😐 Enough chit-chatting, let’s get to the recipe of meal-maker gravy from HomeMakingDelight which I dedicate to my MOM 🙂 🙂

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Soya chunks/ Meal maker gravy Recipe

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Ingredients:

Soya chunks/ Meal makers – 1 cup
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Bay leaf (Taste paththa/Brinji Ilai) – 1
Cinnamon stick (Pattai) -1 (a small piece, say 1 inch)
Cloves (krambu)– 2 (Optional)
Ginger-Garlic paste (Inji-Poondu vizhudhu) – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder (Manjal Thool) – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder- 2 tsps
Red chilly powder – 4 tsps (Approximately, adjust as per your taste.)
Cumin seeds (Jeera/Jeeragam) – 1 tsp
Coriander powder (Dhania Thool) – 1 tsp
Cardamom (Elakkai/Elaichi) – 1 (Optional)
Poppy seeds (kasakasa) – 1 tsp
Star anise (Annasippu) – 1
Salt – as needed
Pudhina – 3-4 leaves (Optional)
Curry leaves(karivepilai) – a few (Optional)
Coriander leaves (Kothamalli Thazhai) – a few (Optional)
Oil – for Deep frying
Ghee/Butter – 2 tbsps
Water – as needed

To Grind:

1) Onions – 3

2) Tomatoes – 2

3) Cashews – 8-10

Preparation Method:

Soya chunks Frying:

1) Boil the soya chunks in water with little salt as per the instructions in the box. It might vary depending upon the brand. I used nutrela mini chunks.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

 

2) Once it is boiled, wash it through cold water once and squeeze the water out of the chunks.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

3) Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan/kadai and deep-fry the soya chunks. Keep this aside.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

For the paste:

4) Chop the onions and tomatoes given under “to grind” roughly. Heat a tbsp of Ghee/butter in a kadai and sauté onions.

5) Once they turn pink, add cashews and tomatoes and sauté until the raw smell goes away. Let this mixture cool down.

6) Once it cools down, grind it into a paste by adding little water and keep this aside.

Gravy method:

7) Now, Fine-chop the onions and tomatoes given under “Ingredients”.
8) Heat another tbsp of ghee/butter in kadai and add the cumin seeds, ginger-garlic paste, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, poppy seeds and anise and sauté.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

9) Now, add the chopped onions and pudhina and curry leaves and sauté until they are translucent.
10) Add chopped tomatoes and sauté well until they turn mushy. Add the necessary salt, turmeric powder, Red chilly powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder and keep sautéing until the raw smell goes away.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

11) Now add the fried meal makers/soya chunks and sauté.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

12) Then, add the ground paste to this and mix well. Add water, a little more that your desired consistency and bring to boil in medium flame.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

13) As the gravy thickens, keep the stove in low flame. This should not take more than 5 -7 minutes. Switch the stove off.

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

14) Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy with your Poori/Chapathi/Naan/Parathas/Kulchas 🙂

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelightMeal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Meal-maker/Soya chunks masala gravy from HomeMakingDelight

Tit-Bits:

1) Adjust the Red chilly powder per your taste.

2) Add curry leaves and coriander leaves to your recipes, whenever you have it in stock (Don’t think that they are optional). This would not only enhance the taste but also would have a good impact on your health/hair.

3) If the soya chunks are not boiled and fried properly, then it would become too much chewy. Take care of boiling and frying it well.

4) Squeeze the water completely out of soya chunks before frying them.
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