Sunday, June 25, 2006

Soya-Chineseleaves--Masala

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A packet of Soya chunks was lying in my pantry for quite some time.Before buying itself my husband had declared that he doesnt like soya...Hence I was quite apprehensive and kept on postponing....Yesterday I thought of putting a little wool over his eyes...Made a Soya Masala with some chinese leaves(cabbage's cousin)and served it as minced mutton masala! Once the certificate came as first class I dramatically revealed that it was his hated soya chunks...he gave me a clownish look and said that he was too hungry to notice!!I keep telling him not to keep any prejudice about any food as bad...in some combinations they may taste really good...and it did taste good...
So here is my Soya Masala.

Ingredients:

Soya chunks-100g(soaked slightly &cut into pieces)
Meat Masala-2tbsp(Available in any Indian shop)
Chilli powder-1/2 tsp(optional)
Garlic powder-1tbsp
Ginger-25g(pounded)
Chinese leaves-250g(chopped fine)
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Fennel seed powder-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4tsp
Bay leaves-2
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Turmeric powder-1 pinch
Baby potato-4(cut into pieces)
Tomato sauce-1tbsp
Parsley-1 small bunch
Water,Salt,Oil-As required

Method:

Pressure cook the chopped soya chunks&potato with 1 cup water,a pinch of turmeric,meat masala,and chilli powder added to it for 4 minutes.(Soya balls are chopped so that the masala really seep thro' and it is pressure cooked so as to save the soaking time).Now Heat oil in a wok.Saute bay leaves, curry leaves,fennel seed powder,cardamom powder, cinnamon powder,ginger and garlic powder(I was running short of garlic).Now add this to the cooked soya and potato.Mix well.Add enough water(half a cup) and add the chopped chinese leaves.(It gives a peppery taste).Saute everything together for nearly 5 mintues.Finally add chopped parsley and serve it hot with Chappathi/Paratha.

1 comment:

Sherin said...

I never liked soya.I think this is something I can try for a difference