Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Stir Fried Soya Chunks / Soya Nuggets

Re-hydrated soya chunks tossed in spice mix and stir fried on low flame until golden and crispy. Soy protein is considered to have a similar equivalent in protein quality to animal proteins. This dish tastes as good as meat or even better than that.


  • 1/2 Cup Soya Nuggets / Soya Chunks
  • 1 Litre plain tap water for cooking Soya Chunks
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Sprig of Curry Leaves (Optional)

  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • Salt to taste ( I used 1/2 teaspoon salt for 1/2 cup soya nuggets. Adjust according to your taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds for Garnish


1. Cook Soya Nuggets : Cook soya nuggets as per the instructions on the packet. Cooking time might vary depending on the size of the nuggets. Please read the instructions on the soya nuggets packet for the exact cooking time. This is how I cooked mine. In a large pot, bring 1 litre of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the boiling water. Then add 1/2 cup soya nuggets/ chunks. Cook it for 10 minutes. Use a large pot for cooking. Soya chunks when cooked in hot water froths on the top and it spills outside if the pot is very small

2. After cooking , drain the water immediately and let the cool for 5 minutes or until you can handle them with hands. Squeeze out water from the soya chunks.
3. Now add fresh tap water and rinse them again. Squeeze out excess water and transfer them to a plate


4. Mix Salt , red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder, garam masala in a small bowl and set aside


5. In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot, urad dal, cumin seeds, fennel seeds



6. When the seeds splutter, add curry leaves


7. Switch off the flame immediately

8. Add the spice powder mix we prepared in a bowl (at step number 4 ) and give it a good stir


9. Add cooked soya nuggets and mix well such that nuggets are well coated with spice mix


10. Switch on the flame and keep it at low heat setting. Let the nuggets get stir fried on low flame until they are crispy and golden


11. Stir them intermittently so that all sides are fried evenly and get crispier

12. Switch off the flame once done and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Hi Salsa,
    Great recipe. I wanted to ask though is there a reason that we switch off the flame and then add the spices and soya mix them and then put on the flame. Would the results be different if we didn't switch off the flames?

    1. Hi Jyotika,

      Thank you ! If you add red chilli powder in the hot oil with flame on, It fumes and gets burnt just too quickly. By the time you grab soya granules , the spice powder mix will be burnt and will be black color. That's the reason I always switch off flame if I am adding red chilli powder or any other spice powder in hot oil. Hope this helps :)