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
1 tsp corn flour
Piece of cinnamon stick
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.