Colorful Spicy Soya Chunks

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Is it just me or is the time really flying by? It’s already May, almost halfway through the year. It feels like just yesterday when I was wishing ‘Happy New Year’ to everybody, making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. Since I am on a break from work, I really thought that this year was going to be a slow year for me. No work, no deliverables, no time constraints and yet, the time just flew by..

I used to tell my Mom that being a house wife is going to be pretty simple and it may be boring at times. But, I was so so wrong! It’s like a full time job.. How many of you are with me on this ? But, I am loving every second of this job.. It’s one job where I am my own Boss 😉 Wonder what hubby will say once he reads this 😛

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As the Boss, I decided to make Soya Chunk curry for lunch. Oh, I am sure Hubby would have agreed with me on this! Soya Chunk is one of our favorite item and I usually like to eat it a little spicy. I remember my mom making a dish with soya chunk which tastes like a spicy chicken dish and she would call it chicken curry for vegetarians. My mom is not a big fan of non-veg dishes. So, she used to make this dish very often. I tried that dish several times but nah.. it never turned out like her dish. I am still trying to make that dish and hopefully, I would be able to share that with you someday. Till then, enjoy this soya chunk dish 🙂

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Soya Chunks are very commonly eaten in India in various different ways. They come in a box and the most commonly available brand is Nutrela. In-fact, the brand is so popular in India that people refer to them as Nutrela rather than soya chunks. You will get a weird stare from your shopkeeper if you mentioned soya chunk instead of nutrela. These chunks are TVP(Textured Vegetable Protein), which are made from textured soy flour in the form of nuggets or chunks. They are highly rich in protein and super easy to make. This recipe that I adapted is from Edible Garden. I just gave it a few twists of mine here and there.

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Colorful Spicy Soya Chunks


  • 2 cups soya chunks
  • 1 bunch green onion/scallions, cut in 1/2 inch length
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 orange/red bell pepper, cut in cube size
  • 1 to mato, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs sesame seed
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 1 tbs ginger paste
  • 1 tbs garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek chili paste
  • 2 tbs dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbs fresh dill
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  1. Boil 4 cups of water with some salt and soak the soya chunks in them for at-least 10 minutes. The chunks should become soft and tender. Keep them aside.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tbs oil and add garlic, ginger and dry red chillies.
  3. After a couple of minutes, add chopped onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook till the onions are translucent.
  4. Add tomato, soya sauce, chopped chillies and saute until the tomatoes are cooked and it turns into a thick sauce.
  5. Next, add bell pepper, green onions and chili paste. Add a little bit more salt(if requireand cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Take the soya chunks out of the water, squeeze them to remove excess water and add it to the pan.
  7. Mix everything properly and add 1 cup hot water.
  8. Once all the water is soaked up, check for salt and add if required.
  9. Finally, add fresh dill and garnish with the roasted sesame seed.

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  • Raji
    May 5, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Lovely medley of flavours Kankana…though I don’t like soya a lot but I guess making it this way by adding dill and sesame would make this dish a lot more tastier…going to try this out.

  • thepickyeater
    May 5, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    we make soya at home sometimes. im glad i found this recipe !looks good… thanks 🙂

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    May 6, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    I’m with you! I’m a stay-at-home-mom, and I am so busy all day long. Now that I started a blog, I can only continue blogging by cutting down on my sleeping hours. It’s true. I also feel like we just started 2011, then it’s May alrady…almost half of year is gone. No wonder I forget how old I am! Anyway… looks so delicious Kankana! I never had soya but looks flavorful with all these fresh ingredients and spices!

  • Nishi
    May 6, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Great recipe Kankana!!! Loved the way you have arranged the dill leaves. Great photographs 🙂

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
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    May 6, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Being a housewife is a full time job indeed…it needs plans and has its deadlines..but as you said…it is enjoyable..the queen of you own kingdom 🙂
    Those soya chunks look delicious..I once bought a box of soya chuncks and then I didn’t know what to do with it..I didn’t want to try just any recipe..because if it didn’t turn out well I’d judge the chuncks while it could be the recipes fault.. You gave me something to try…thanx

  • Priya
    May 6, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Give me that bowl,will finish it in no time…tempting soyachunks..

  • Priya Mahadevan
    Priya Mahadevan
    May 6, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    This looks really hearty and delicious! I tried these too after tasting at a friend’s house. But when i soaked them as they recommend, I thought they looked too much like meat and hence have stopped preparing them
    I may try one more time after seeing this 🙂

  • Nandini
    May 6, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    I surely would want to try it this weekend…Awesome recipe…

  • yummychunklet
    May 6, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I just bought a package of soya chunks, so this recipe will be made this weekend!

  • Krithi
    May 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    I totally agree with you Kankana… Having wrking for all these years (that too in IT which demands more hours) I was feeling I will be very bored staying at home.. But I keep myself occupied with cooking, cleaning, reading and blogging.. and this is a welcome break!
    Soy chunks looks so good.. love the sesame topping..
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  • jeyashrisuresh
    May 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    sounds very new to me but quite interesting and protein packed one

  • Meghna
    May 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    I rarely cook with Soy Chunks… I usually use Tofu… but this is an easy recipe for lunch or a side dish! I love that your use of dill…

  • Manju
    May 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    oohh, this looks so easy to make too! Not a fan of soy chunks, but may try the same recipe with something else.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    May 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Time really flies so fast, Kankana especially when you’re having fun! 🙂
    I agree with you — being a stay home wife/mom is a full-time job and you’ll never run out of things to do!
    Your soya chunks look awesome!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    May 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Ok boss:)) you made right decision on making this delightful meal!:)
    I love everything!!! And yes, life as a woman :)) especially stay at home is full time job, and times just fly so fast!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Manu
    May 6, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Here is something I hadn’t even heard of before: soya chunks! At first I really thought it was chicken! You always manage to surprise me. This dish is so colorful and it does look very tasty. And yes… being a housewife is a full time job… and with 2 little ones it’s a DOUBLE full time job!!! hehehehehe 🙂

  • cakewhiz
    May 6, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    i agree… time is flying but at least you are having fun while life is running by 😛

    i have only tried soya chunks once while i was doing my at undergrad and it was awful! i don’t think mine was cooked properly because it didn’t look as good as yours.

    and once again, your pictures have left me just staring at the screen in admiration! heheh

  • RS
    May 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Lip Smacking soya chunks:)

  • torviewtoronto
    May 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    deliciously done soya wonderful flavours

  • sonia
    May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Hi Kankana, The soya chunks are looking so healthy and colorful. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  • Jojo
    May 6, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I’ve never seen soya chunks in the grocery store, but I’ve seen packages of smaller TVP that cooks up more like ground meat. The flavours of this dish look wonderful, maybe I could use tofu instead?

  • tasteofbeirut
    May 7, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Glad to be introduced to this product! These look so versatile and easy to use! and what a great alternative to meat! I will be trying your recipe soon.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    May 7, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Lovely recipe. This looks so colourful and healthy!

  • Sarah
    May 7, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    nice… Ive never tried soya till now.. except soya sauce 😛 This looks lovely …

  • Joanne
    May 7, 2011 at 5:05 AM

    I’ve never seen soya chunks but I’ll have to keep looking because these look delicious!

  • Greedy Rosie
    Greedy Rosie
    May 7, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    I’ve been home for almost a year now, and really resisted it at first – thinking that I would be bored and unfulfilled. Not so! I love looking after my family, and yes, being the boss sometimes (of the kitchen, at least!)

    I don’t eat a lot of soya – I remember TVP from having a vegetarian sister when I was little and not liking it much, but your recipe does look great, Really nice combination of flavours

  • akila
    May 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    looks fantastic and inviting…

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    [email protected]
    May 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Housewives should get a paycheck!! A very fat paycheck! It is the toughest job I have ever had. 🙂

    Your dish, as always, looks wonderful… I love seeing your creations!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    May 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Mmm I love soy. These look flavorful and filling!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 8, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    i do hear from my sis, i completely agree a she has never ending things do with two toddlers around! and soya curry is indeed very colourful and likey the sesame seeds garnish!

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    May 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    I have never had this but it looks so delicious! I love your photos too! I am passing along several awards to you that you can get here:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • rebecca
    May 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    looks great and your right being a housewife is busy esp when you have kiddies

  • Tiffany
    May 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Time is TOTALLY flying! I was just thinking this! And this colorful dish looks amazing!!!

  • Ameena
    May 8, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    I love this modern spin on desi food…it looks delicious!

    My husband thinks he’s boss too…but really, the one who takes care of the house and food is always the boss!

  • tigerfish
    May 8, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Soya chunks is new to me…in Chinese cuisine, the veggie version of “meat” is often replaced with gluten. And I don’t really enjoy gluten.

  • Manu
    May 9, 2011 at 4:28 AM

    Hello Kankana! I am passing along several awards to you that you can find here: You know how much I love your blog, right??? 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Rosa
    May 9, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Delicious looking! I’d love to try those soya chunks, but I don’t think that I woulod find them where I live…



  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
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    May 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    So pretty and flavorful! I’ll have to look for soya chunks.

  • Swathi
    May 9, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    soya chunks can be this beautiful, i didn’t know. awesome recipe.

  • daksha
    May 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    hi!kankana i’m a house wife and agree with u and nami time is go so fast,i’m started a bloging by cutting down on my sleeping hours. oh….so buzy womens here:). and ur soychunke looks delicious.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    I love Soya …Yummy Recipe

  • Kristi Rimkus
    Kristi Rimkus
    May 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Your pictures are absolutely mouthwatering. I’ve never tried Soya. I will have to see where I can find it.


  • The Mistress of Spices
    The Mistress of Spices
    May 25, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Yes, Boss! This is a great recipe…I too love soya chunks!