Friday, September 11, 2009

Chili Soya

As we all know 'Chili Chicken'is a popular chinese dish. I tried to make another version specially for veggies who love chinese preparations. I named it as 'Chili Soya' as I have replaced Chicken with Soya chunks. It is having the same taste as that of a chili chicken but it is a veg preparation where using egg is optional. I personally recomend this recipe to all my viewer friend as it is as delicious as it looks.


100 gms Soy chunks (nuggets)(I have tried with Nutrella brand Soya)
100 gms cornflour
1 egg (Pure veggies can avoid using egg)
2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
Pinch of food color
1 large onion (cut into cubes and separate all the layers)
1 Capsicum (diced)
4 green chilly (choped)
5 Garlic cloves (chopped)
1 tbsp. soya sauce
1 tsp. Chili sauce
1 tsp vinegar
3 tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp red chili powder
Spring onion
Chili Soya


1. Soak Soya nuggets and pressure cook with 1/2 tsp.salt. Squeeze out excess water and keep aside.

2. Mix 1/4 cup corn flour, 1 egg (optional), 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, food color, red chili powder and salt in a bowl with water to make a smooth batter (batter should be thick enough to coat the soya properly without dripping). Now heat oil in deep bottomed pan. Now deep soya chunks in the batter and drop into oil and deep fry those soy balls until it becomes Golden brown in color. Take it out and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a nonstick flat bottomed pan. Add copped garlic and chopped chili. Now add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add onion and capsicum and saute again for 3 to 4 minutes.

4.Add soya sauce, chili sauce and vinegar. Stir vigorously and add tomato sauce, pepper powder salt and sugar. Keep on stirring for 3 to 4 minutes. Add soya balls and mix properly with the curry.

5.Mix 1 tbsp of cornflour in 1 cup cold water and pour the mixture in the pan. Add chopped spring onion. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 5 to 6 minute. when the gray become thick take it out and serve in a bowl.

Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve with Noodles or fried rice.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Semai payasam (Vermicelli Kheer)

Semai payasam (Vermicelli Kheer)

Payasam or Payesh is a well known dessert/sweet dish. It can be made for any occasion specially during festivals. Semai Payasam is made with Semolina Vermicelli, milk and dry fruits. It is extremely delicious and easy to cook and take less cooking time as compared to other versions of Kheer.


250 gms vermicelli (broken)
2 litrs milk
1 cup sugar
40 gms Raisins
50 gms Cashew nut
1 tsp. Ghee
2 Bay leaves
4 cardamom (Coarsely grounded)


1. Soak raisins in water for at least 2 hours.

2. In a pan add ghee. Now add broken vermicelli and roast until it become golden in colour. Take it out and keep aside.

3. Take a large pan or handi and add milk and boil it. Reduce the flame and add bay leaves. Stir the milk for 8 to 10 minutes so that the volume get reduced to 1/3. Now add 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir well to mix the sugar uniformly.

4. Add roasted vermicelli, soaked raisins and cashew nut. Stir continuously for 6 to 8 minutes. Now turnoff the flame and pour it in a serving bowl. Sprinkle cardamom powder and stir it with a spoon .

Decorated with cashew halves and the payasam is ready to serve.

This post goes for the event "FIL- Milk" conducted by Sanghi of Sanghi's Food Delights

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Soya Beans Curry

'Soya Beans' are considered to be "Food Powerhouse" of nutrients, mainly proteins. It also contains all the essential fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, lecithin, riboflavin, thiamin, fiber, folic acid and iron. So it acts as perfect replacement for meat, fish and dairy products specifically required for the vegans and vegetarians. So if you are looking for a way to get healthy lean protein in your diet, try incorporating some soy protein sources into your diet.

This curry is made specifically keeping in mind all those nutritional benefits of Soya beans.


1 cup Soya beans
1 large potato (Diced)
1 carrot (diced)
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon stick
2 clove
2 cardamom
1 tsp cumin
1 Large onion (grated)
1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp tomato puree/ tomato sauce
Chopped coriander
Sprouted Mung


1. Soak Soy beans overnight. Boil them in a pressure cooker along with little salt. Drain out excess water and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan and fry diced potato pieces until golden brown. Take it out Keep aside. To the remaining oil add bay leaves and whole garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, clove) and cumin.
When cumin turns black add grated onion and ginger garlic paste. Fry them and add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chili powder and little water. Fry the masala until the oil gets separated from it.

3.Now add fried potato pieces, diced carrot and salt. Saute for 5 to 6 minute with regular stirring. Now add boiled soy beans and stir again.

4. Add tomato puree or tomato sauce and garam masala powder and 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir for sometime and add 1 cup water. Cover it and cook it for another 6 to 8 minute in medium flame.

Garnish with chopped coriander and sprouted mung. Serve with roti , naan or plain rice.

This post goes for "Food for seven stages of life- Pregnancy(Zero hour)" hosted by Sudeshna of "Cook like a Bong" and Radhika Vasanth of "Sourashtra Kitchen". All the best for such a great event.


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