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Soya Keema Masala- A Protein Loaded Vegetarian Entrée

Soya Keema Masala- A Protein Loaded Vegetarian Entrée

Soya Keema Masala- A Protein Loaded Vegetarian Entrée

Soya Keema Masala

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

Soya Keema Masala” is the result of my undying love for Keema (minced mutton/chicken) cooked in the Indian way. I can eat keema at-least once a week. Sounds crazy right! But obviously it’s not that healthy specially the red meat so I can not eat it every week. Also I have been advised by my doctor to increase my protein intake so I have been thinking about ways to increase the protein intake without relying to much on chicken and eggs.

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

And then I recalled the time, almost  10 years back when I went to one of my distant relatives home and they served this amazing “Soya Keema Masala” for the lunch.It was just amazing and it was hard for me to believe that it was just soya chunks; which by the way was my least favorite  ingredient. So taking inspiration from that dish I decided to cook my own version of “Soya Keema Masala”. My husband who almost hates soya chunks loved the dish so I can safely say that this experiment turned out to be a success.

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

Key to cooking this recipe is right timing for adding each ingredient and give it ample time to cook otherwise the raw taste of soya is going to spoil the whole dish. Its very important to cover and cook the dish during the last few minutes. And when it comes to spices, you can always increase or decrease the amount as per your liking. You can also try adding some green peas just like the regular keema recipe. Hope you guys love it as much I did.

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Total Time: 30 Mins
Preparartion Time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 30 Mins
Serving Size: 30 Mins


Soya Keema Masala- A Protein Loaded Vegetarian Entrée

2 Cups Soya Chunks

1 Onion, Medium, Chopped

2 Tomatoes, Medium Pureed

3 Green Chilies,Chopped

1 Bay Leaf

1 Black Cardamom

2-3 Cloves

5-6 Black Peppercorns

½ inch Cinnamon Stick

1 Teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste

1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder

1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder

1-1/2 Tablespoon Garam Masala Powder (Whole Spice Powder)

1 Tablespoon Lime Juice




Soya Keema Masala- A Protein Loaded Vegetarian Entrée

Soya Keema Masala

Vegetarian Soya Keema Masala

1.      Boil some water and soak the Soya Chunks into the hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the chunks are ready, take them out and squeeze them to drain extra water.

2.      Mince all the soya chunks using a grinder but be careful not to over grind the chunks.

3.      Heat oil in a pan and once the oil is ready, add cumin seeds into the pan. Once the seeds start to splatter then add bay leaf, black cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and sauté it for 2 minutes.

4.      Now add the fine chopped onions into the pan and cook it for 5-7 minutes or till the time they are golden pink in colour.

5.      Next step is to add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and give it a good stir. Next add the ginger garlic paste, chopped green chiili and let this mixture cook for 5 minutes or till the time oil gets separated from the spices.

6.      Next add the tomato puree into the pan and cook on slow heat for about 5 minutes.

7.      Add minced soya, salt and garam masala powder, lime juice into the pan and give it a good stir. Cook it for 5 minutes and make sure that soya is not sticking to the bottom.

8.      Add ½ Cup water, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.

9.      After 5 minutes, check if the raw taste of soya has gone, if it is still there add little bit more water and cook for another 5 minutes.

10.   Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and serve it hot with some chapati or naan

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