Thursday, 22 September 2011

Soya Meat Curry/stew

Soya meat or Soy chunks are most popular among vegetarians & also with non-vegetarians. It is an alternative protein source using soy beans.Anyway in Sri Lanka we can buy small packets of soya meat with different flavour.Chicken,prawns,fish etc etc. Inside the pack, there is a small sachet of spices including the flavor. It is easy to make.

However in Singapore, we can buy soy, but there is no sachet inside it. Only are soy chunks.
First I thought I will not be able to cook it tasty without the sachet that we have used to use in Sri Lanka.

But now I cook it with my own spices & I know it is healthier, because no MSG is added.

Here is my recipe:


1 cup soy chunks
1 tomato sliced
1 onion sliced
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbs curry powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp corn flour
Piece of cinnamon stick
Curry leaves
Piece of a pandan leaf (rampe)
Thick coconut milk ½ cup
Salt to taste
2-3 cups of hot water to soak soy chunks


Soak soy meat /chunks in hot water for about 10 minutes. Add some salt to the water when soaking.

Meanwhile, mix all spice powders above & roast it until golden brown.

Once the soy chunks are soaked, drain water. Squeeze it to remove any excess water

Mix all the spices (which we roasted earlier) with soy chunks, keep aside.

Heat about 2-3 tbspn oil in a pan.
When it is hot, add mustard seeds.
When it is pop out, add onion.
Once onion are tender, add the soy mix & mix well.
Then add tomato & curry leaves/rampe. Mix well.
Cover & cook for few minutes.
When all tomato pieces have become soft & as a sauce,add thick coconut milk.
Adjust salt to taste.
If you want more gravy, add some water or if you do not like, make the gravy to dry.


  1. Great recipe,i love all ingredients in it,I almost can smell those spices here :) what is fenugreek seed ??

  2. Flavorful recipe...First time here....lovely space...Following it..

  3. Thanks Ridwan & Reshmi, happy to see you here & @Ridwan,we use fenugreek seeds as a spice for our most of the food.Often called 'Methi'... If possible,pl check this link for a pic

  4. hi amy, the soy chunks in sri lanka is quite a variety with other ingredients mixed in, but i will avoid them if they put msg.
    these days so many food contain msg
    your curry stew looks appetizing too

  5. I gonna try making this :)

  6. wow!! thanks for all the comments...


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