SOY good!

If you’re at bored with the same potato or cauliflower or capsicum curries as a sidekick to your chapathy, boy do i have a zinger of a side dish that is bound to make you look forward to lent season (or any season for that matter!) Presenting chatpata veges cooked with a secret twist! SOYA GRANULES! Without a doubt the perfect substitute for meat when it comes to texture (with this recipe, even taste!) and need i mention all that protein? A highly versatile ingredient, a little extra cooked and stored away goes a long way with all your vegetable curries!


Soya granules (cooked as per  instructions on the packet): 4 tbsp
Pepper powder (for soya): 1/4 tsp
Garlic paste (for soya): 1/2 tsp
Cauliflower: half a head
Capsicum: half
Onion (large): 2
Sweet potato (white, small): 1
Garlic paste: 1 tsp
Pepper powder: 1/4 tsp
Garam masala: 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
Tomato sauce:1 tbsp


To prepare the soya:

– After straining the cooked soya, put into a skillet with oil
– Add garlic paste and pepper and fry until dry and brown (think beef ularthiyathu)

(Tip: always best to keep some granules cooked and ready in the fridge. You never know when hunger strikes and you would want to make this dish! You could always turn them into sandies, pop into an omelette or just eat it on its own!)

To prepare the veges:

– Cut the cauliflower into florets, clean and put into a cooker.
– add 1 tbsp of water and cook.
– the moment you hear a whistle, release the pressure gently and then open the cooker.
(Tip: this prevents the cauliflower from getting mushy)

– Repeat with sweet potato (2 whistles) and cut into the same size as the cauliflower
– Slice capsicum and onion lengthwise
–  In a skillet, add oil and saute the  onions until caramelized
– Add pepper and all the masalas and cook well
– Add garlic paste. Cook well, then add tomato sauce
– Once the masala smells thoroughly cooked, add capsicum, followed by sweet potato and cauliflower.
– softly mash up the potato for a heartier feel to the dish
– Serve it up, rolled in piping hot and buttered chapathis or stuffed in bread. It also makes for an excellent school snack for your kids! Enjoy!

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