Cook's Hideout: Methi-Soya Chunk Masala

December 14, 2006

Methi-Soya Chunk Masala

I’m back from my short and sweet India trip. Had a great time with the family, great home food, good long chats, quick shopping and bam.. I was on my flight back. I was a little sick when I started in India and was totally sick after getting here (I guess home sickness and the cold weather hit right in my face). I’m slowly getting back to routine cooking and blog hopping.
I had planned on participating in JFI-Jaggery and I had my mom cook Chalimidi with jaggery, but due to technical difficulties I couldn’t post anything from India. I’m going to post it sometime soon.
Getting back to the dish in question, Methi-Soya Chunks masala, I remembered seeing a dish with methi leaves and soya chunks on one of the food blogs, but I completely forgot which one and couldn’t find it again. I just went with my instincts here and it turned out pretty good. This would go well with Jeera rice or chapathis.

Methi leaves – 1 big bunch
Mini soya chunks- ½ cup (boiled per package directions)
Onion – 1 big
Tomato – 2 ripe
Green chilies – 2
Milk – ¼ cup
Corn flour – 1 tsp (mix with little water to form a smooth paste)
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – pinch
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds (jeera) – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add jeera and let the seeds splutter. Fry onions till they turn light brown.
  • Add tomatoes and cook covered till done.
  • Add methi leaves, turmeric, cumin powder and red chili powder. Cover and cook till the leaves wilt, about 5 minutes.
  • Mean while dry fry the boiled soya chunks (optional). I just like the texture of fried chunks.
  • After the leaves are wilted, add the milk and bring it to a slow simmer. Add the fried chunks and salt, cook for 3-5 minutes. Add corn flour mixture and cook for 1 minute or until the gravy thickens. Serve with rice or chapathi.


  1. Welcome back Pavani! Hope you are feeling better now:)Dish looks delicious, I will try.

  2. Nice recipe. I usually make soya with tomato and onions. The methi is a surprise ingredient. Will surely make it sometime.

  3. hai pavani

    recipe is looking good....thanks for sharing..

  4. Pavni:
    Welcome back and hope u will feel better soon.Soya with methi might taste good .Never tried this combo
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Welcome back Pavani! Very healthy recipe.
    Get well soon.

  6. Hi Pavani,welcome back!Hope you had a good time in India.hmm.chalimidi with jaggery that.My MIL makes ariselu with using chalimidi made with jaggery.

    You have a nice recipe today..will try this one of these days.

  7. Hi Pavani,
    Welcome back.Thanks for sharing protein rich dish.

  8. Hi Pavani
    This dish looks very yummy! I never tried soy chunks. Could you please recommend any store where i can buy these Soy chunks? Are they available in the frozen section.

    Thanks for sharing this unique combination recipe.

  9. Hi Pavani,
    Welcome back!
    I am in a very soya chunks phase at the moment and love everything that has it! Definately trying it out.

  10. Thank you Asha.. I'm feeling way better now.. Do try the recipe and let me know.

    Hi Lakshmi.. Methi definitely makes this dish even more tasty.
    Thank you Swapna.

    Thank you Seema. Do try and let me know if you liked it.

    Thank you Arjuna. I'm feeling much better now.

    Hi Vini, chalimidi with jaggery is just creamy and yummy. Will post the recipe soon.

    Thank you Menu Today.

    Hi Deepa,You can find Nutrella brand Soya chunks in most of the Indian stores. They are not sold in the frozen food section. You should ask the people in the store to help u find them. Do try it and let me know. Thank you.

    Hi Praveena, Yes.. right now, even I'm in the soya chunks phase.. Dont know why.. but hey.. as long as its healthy.. I guess its not bad. Thank you.

  11. Hi Pavani,
    this is Mythreyee of try this recipe blog. is my new blog. The main Idea of this blog is to spread the awareness of 'Cooking for Health' for the Indian Community.

    I choose a theme and publish a round up of recipes and articles relating to the theme.

    The Current theme is Leafy Vegetables and it would be great if you can send your permanent link for this delicious healthy methi soya chunk masala to I shall be delighted to add your recipe in the Jan 10th Roundup. For more details visit


  12. Hi Mythreyee,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I'd be very glad to send you the permalink. I didn't know about your Cook for Health blog. I really liked your idea of compiling healthy dishes all in one place. I am adding this to my blog roll.
    Thank you. Keep visiting and happy blogging.

  13. hi Mythree..

    Thanks for you wonderfull recipe..
    i tried it and came out very well. but i used totakura instead of methi.. even though it was awesom..
    thank u and waiting for some more new recipes..

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