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Soya chunks and green peas kurma

Soya chunks are rich in protein and are considered to be a vegetarian subsitute for meat. Making kurma with soyachunks was very tasty and excited me a lot. This masala can be served with rotis, parathas and jeera rice.

Prep time : 20 minutes
Cook time : 25 minutes
Serves : 4

  •  1 cup soya chunks
  •  1/4 cup fresh green peas 
  •  1 onion 
  •  2 green chillies 
  •  2 cinnamon 
  •  2 cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 
  • few curry leaves 
  • few coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp garamasala powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder 
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
  • salt 
  • 3 tbsp oil
For Onion tomato paste
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 star aniseed
For coconut paste
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 6 cashew nuts

Cooking Directions 

1. In a bowl add the soya chunks and salt. Now add the boiling water to the soya chunks. Cover it and keep it aside for 40 minutes.

2. Drain it and rinse the soya chunks in cold water for 3 times. Then squeeze it nicely to remove the excess water.

3. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add the sliced onions.When the colour slightly changes add the fennel seeds and star seed.Saute well till it becomes translucent.Then add sliced tomatoes and saute well till the raw smell goes off. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Transfer it to the mixer jar and grind it nicely along with ginger garlic paste. No need to add water for grinding. 

4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai and add the cinnamon, cloves and  finely chopped onions. Saute it for a minute and add the green chillies and curry leaves.

5. When the onion turns golden brown add the ground onion tomato paste and all the masala powders one by one. Then add the soya chunks, green peas and required salt. Mix them thoroughly and add 1/2 cups of water. Close the lid and cook them on low flame for 6 to 9 minutes. Now grind the coconut and cashew to a fine paste.

6. Open the lid and add the coconut paste and some more water.  Close it and cook them in low flame until the oil seperates on the top of the gravy. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.


To remove the raw smell of the soya chunks you have to soak them in hot water for 20 minutes and wash them in running water for 3 to 5 times.
If you are using dried green peas, soak it in water for 3 to 5 hours and pressure cook for 3 to 5 whistles.

If you try this recipe for Soya chunks kurma send us your comments below and share the recipe for your friends and family. 


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