A stack and a curry…

by Sunita on June 4, 2008

I have always loved soya chunks ever since I was a child and can never stop from picking up a pack even now. But which ever way I prepare it, it always seems to get a lukewarm response from the other two-thirds of my family, as they are not at all enthusiastic about the ingredient. No one says anything, but their quiet and ‘not too eager’ faces, speak more than a thousand words.

This time, when I went shopping, I picked up a pack of soya (yet again! But this time round, it was minced)…

… with nothing particular in mind. While taking out the flour to make rotis the other day, my eyes happened to fall on the pack. Well, time to do something about it. So the pack was taken out, and since I was already in the mood to make rotis, decided to include the soya in it. And I must say, I was not disapointed. And this time, the other two- thirds of my family did seem to be happy enough to go for seconds…even thirds. And yes, this time, there were eager faces all around.

Soy protein is good for you too…

It is a good source of fiber. Soy protein is very healthy: it is rich in protein (about 70 %), very low in fat, contains no cholesterol and contains phytochemicals. These phytochemicals are strong antioxidants but have many other properties. Soy protein and its associated phytochemicals seem to reduce heart disease, osteoporosis and risk of cancer(from here).

What’s needed-

1 C soya mince, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes and strained
1 red pepper,thinly sliced (about 1 and 1/2 inches long)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 level tsp cumin seeds
3 pods of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp roasted and ground cumin
salt to taste
4 tblsp of plain yogurt
3 and 1/2 C whole wheat flour( a little extra for dusting and rolling)
2 tblsp of oil

How to-

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the onions and fry till translucent.
  2. Add the garlic,red pepper, carrot and stir fry over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the soy mince along with the garam masala , roasted and ground cumin and salt.
  4. Fry for another 3-4 minutes, remove from heat and cool a little.
  5. Transfer to a bowl, add the flour and yogurt and knead till everything comes together (it will be a sticky dough).
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Divide into 18-19 portions, shape each into a ball, slightly flatten and rioll in the extra flour.
  8. Roll out on a floured surface to about 6-6 and 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Place one on a griddle over slightly less tyhan medium heat and cook for about 20 seconds on each side and again for about 4-5 seconds on each side, or till brown spots appear.

There! The vegetable soya rotis are now ready to be enjoyed. We had ours with some tomatoey baby potatoes curry and a cucumber salad.

The directions for the curry is as follows…

What’s needed-

500 gms of baby potatoes, halved and boiled
3-4 tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 small bay leaf
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
2/3 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
5-6 whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies(more or less)
1 inch stick of cinnamon
3 cloves
a small bunch of coriander, chopped
1/2 C water
1 tblsp oil
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Place the tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, onion, peppercorns, 2-3 pieces of boiled potatoes and bay leaf in a pan, along with the water and 1/3 tsp of turmeric and salt. Cover and simmer over medium heat till the tomatoes are cooked.
  2. Transfer to a food processor and pulse everything together ( whole spices included). Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and brown the potatoes along with the rest of the turmeric and the roasted and ground cumin. Season with salt.
  4. Add the gravy to the potatoes and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the crushed red chillies, garam masala powder and half of the coriander, and simmer for about 30 seconds.
  6. Remove from heat and serve hot with rotis/nans/puris.
  7. Garnish with the rest of the coriander.

This is a very quick and easy curry to make, and does equally well on the taste front. We had ours with the soya rotis. The combination worked quite well…

…so I’m sending the rotis for dear Srivalli’s ‘roti mela‘.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha June 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Tofu and Soy flour I can handle. Roti looks yum, I make it too with Soy flour. Great gravy to go with it, love the color!:)


2 Happy cook June 4, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I am with your binch, i’ve never been a fan of soya. My mom used to buy them and make dishes and tell us kisd how good it was and etc etc….. i was always in a bad mood when she made them as i knew i had to eat something which i didnt like.
I love that potato curry, that looks super delicious


3 Laavanya June 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

I love soya like you.. something about the chewy texture. I bought a pack of granules but never thought of combining it with wheat flour – what a brilliant idea Sunita! Am bookmarking this. The potato curry looks so good too.


4 Sukanya Ramkumar June 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Soya Roti sounds so healthy. Looks so good. Perfect photographs. That was a amazing side dish. Really wanted to give them a try.


5 Kalai June 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Sounds so healthy and they look delicious, Sunita! :)


6 Medhaa June 5, 2008 at 1:22 am

We love Soya chunks and mince, great recipe never made in rotis. Looks YUmmy, Love the potato curry too. Great Entry


7 SMN June 5, 2008 at 5:03 am

Sunita, just finished my breakfast and came to off and when i saw this im hungry again.. not fair girl.. im not getting time to cook proper food here..

Envy u.. luks yummy.. nice click too


8 Srivalli June 5, 2008 at 5:28 am

Sunita, that stack looks lovely..so colourful and healthy…thank you for the wonderful entry!


9 Jayashree June 5, 2008 at 6:48 am

I want the entire stack….curry, salad and all that….looks delicious!!!


10 delhibelle June 5, 2008 at 6:59 am

what an absolutely delicious meal..and the soya mince rotis are a fab idea!


11 sunita June 5, 2008 at 8:36 am

thanks…I haven’t tried soy flour though:-(

Happy cook,
:-D D…maybe you could give this a try…my bunch didn’t even realise what was in the rotis :-P


12 sunita June 5, 2008 at 8:37 am

yes, I love the texture of soya chunks…do give this a try :-)

thanks…do giver them a try…very simple to make..especially the curry :-)


13 sunita June 5, 2008 at 8:38 am

thanks :-)

thanks ..we did enjoy the meal :-)


14 sunita June 5, 2008 at 8:39 am

you poor girl…sorry to be tempting you thus :-D D

you’re most welcome dear…loved participating :-)


15 sunita June 5, 2008 at 8:41 am

Do go ahead and be my guest :-D D

thanks…do give them a try…hope you like them as much as we did :-)


16 kittie June 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

I’d love to eat more soya – I’ll have to give these a try. The curry looks really tasty too!


17 Happy cook June 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Sunita i have something for you in my place


18 Sia June 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

now thats a killer recipe suni. who would have thought to mix soya mince with atta and make roties. ofcourse u did it:)
and those baby potatoes in tomatoey gravy looks yum.


19 JZ @ Tasty treats June 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm

beautiful pictures as usual, sunita!! and the potato curry looks tempting (i am not a great fan of potatoes..even then…)


20 Hetal June 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm

healthy rotis….and the curry also looks delicious.


21 Suganya June 5, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Blessed is your family yo devour this stack and curry.


22 Susan June 5, 2008 at 6:41 pm

For anyone who thinks soy is bland and strange, I urge them to get a good gander at these beautiful recipes. The flavors just leap right out of the screen!


23 Cham June 6, 2008 at 4:20 am

I can eat this plain roti, healthy and delicious looking pic :)


24 Andhra Flavors June 6, 2008 at 8:42 am

I dont like meal maker one… but..love this soy granules.
i have one click with soya granules. i will post soon.


25 Andhra Flavors June 6, 2008 at 8:59 am

You have some thing on my blog.


26 sunita June 6, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Thanks…do give them a try..they go well together :-)

happy cook,
Thanks dear :-)

Necessity, my dear :-)


27 sunita June 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm

thanks…glad to be able to tempt you :-P

thanks :-)

But then,”gkhar ka murgi…” :-D


28 sunita June 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Thanks…I simply love soya :-)

Thanks…yes, they taste goood even on their own :-)

andhra flavors,
Looking forward to your recipe…thanks for the award :-)


29 Vanamala June 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Gravy looks gr8t..nice & healthy roti…


30 Namratha June 6, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Sunita, this combination looks gorgeous and very inviting!


31 sunita June 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Thanks :-)

thanks…we did enjoy this meal indeed :-)


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