Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Soya Chunks Kuzhambu-Meal Maker Masala Kulambu Recipe-Kuzhambu Recipes

Soya chunks also know as Meal maker or Soya nuggets are rich source of protein and fiber. It is a great meat alternative for vegetarians. They can be added to curries, soups, stew, kulambu, biryani etc. Today we will learn how to make soya chunks kulambu following this easy recipe.

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Soya Chunks Kuzhambu-Meal Maker Kulambu

Soya Chunks Kuzhambu-Meal Maker Kulambu

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Kuzhambu
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Soya chunks -10-12
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Diluted tamarind water - 1/2 cup
   Salt needed

   For the Masala

   Coriander seeds -2 1/2 tsp
   Jeera/ cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red chillies -4-5
   Fennel seeds/ sombu -1/2 tsp
   Cloves -1-2
   Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece

   Onion -1/4 cup chopped
   Tomato -1 cup chopped
   Grated coconut - 1/4 cup (used for thickening)
   Oil - 2 tsp for frying the masala

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Shallots/ pearl onions - 6-7 (cut it into half)
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped


Boil water in a pan with a little salt. Add soya chunks and switch off the flame. Let it remain in the water for 10 minutes. Drain the water completely, wash the soya chunks well under running water and squeeze out the water. Cut it into half and keep it aside. Soya chunks is ready now.

Soak very little tamarind (to be precise the size of a small marble) in 1/2 cup of water and extract it juice. Discard the pulp. If using tamarind paste, dilute 1/2 tsp (flat) paste in 1/2 cup of water. Since we are adding tomatoes, we do not need much tamarind. It is just to give the kulambu a slight tangy taste.

preparing kulambu masala

Heat oil in a pan, add coriander seeds, jeera seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, red chillies and saute well.  Remove from pan. Take care not to burn the chillies. (1)

In the same pan, saute the onions until it turns translucent, then add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become mushy. Add grated coconut and switch off the flame. Saute the coconut in the heat of the pan itself. Allow it to cool. (2)

Grind (1) and (2 ) together to a smooth paste. Our masala for the kulambu is ready.

We have soya chunks, tamarind water and masala paste ready, now preparing the kuzhambu is a breeze. 


Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add pearl onions, curry leaves and saute until onions turn translucent.

Add the soya chunks and saute for 2-3 seconds.

sauteing onions and soya chunks

Add the ground masala paste and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add diluted tamarind water, 1 cup of water, salt needed and cook on medium flame until the kulambu thickens. You can adjust the consistency of the kulambu as per your preference.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or as a side dish for idli, dosa.

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