Cook's Hideout: Soyachunks-Aloo-Matar Masala

October 09, 2006

Soyachunks-Aloo-Matar Masala

When I was in India, I never liked the taste or the texture of soy chunks (meal maker). Even after coming the U.S., the tried cooking with them once before and I didn’t like it. But after tasting soy meat and soy burgers and seeing recipes on other blogs, I decided to try our good old Nutrela soy chunks. Just to be on the safe side with the texture I bought mini chunks instead of the regular ones and I loved the way this dish turned out.
I took an easy route and made Soy chunks-matar masala recipe printed right on the box, with the only exception that I added potato to it. If you don’t buy nutrela brand soy chunks, here’s the recipe for you.

Soy chunks – 1 cup (boiled as per package directions)
Potato – 1 large chopped
Peas – ½ cup (I used frozen, thawed peas)
Onion – 1 medium chopped
Tomatoes – 2 medium chopped
Ginger+garlic paste – 1 tsp
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste


  • Fry the onions in 1 tsp of oil till lightly browned. Remove from heat, when cooled, grind into a paste.
  • Fry the boiled chunks in 2tsp of oil, till slightly browned on all sides.
  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan, add ginger+garlic paste, onion paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add chopped potatoes and ¼ cup of water, cover and cook for 5 minutes or till the potatoes are just tender.
  • Add tomatoes and cook covered for 5 more minutes.
  • Add red chili powder, garam masala, peas, soy chunks and season with salt. Add some water if you want more gravy. Cook for another 5 minutes, garnish with coriander and serve with rice or chapathis.

We had our soyachunk curry with home-made naan. I will post the recipe on 16th October for World Bread day (event hosted by Zorra).


  1. Even i dont cook with soy.Seeing your dish makes me want to try it.

  2. Thats a lovely looking healthy dish Pavani. I recently started cooking with soya. Will try this soon...

  3. Hi Pavani,

    I have been looking for another recipe for soy chunks. This sounds great -- thank you for sharing it :)

  4. Never cooked with soya,Pavani! Looks delicious!!Thanks and will try!!:)

  5. Thanks Rashmi, Shilpa, Linda, Asha. Do try it out and I'm sure you'll like it.


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