Thursday, March 17, 2011

Soya Chunks Kurma

I've been absconding because work has been rather busy and there were quite a few things going on... To add on, I have a project on Queensland, Australia due on April 1st - actually, my 5 year old daughter does, but we all know who will and can browse for information, print pictures and create a huge chart for display at the school's International Festival! She is very excited about it and am sure she will help me as much as she can but it's still one more thing for me to do... We also have to figure out a way to do it while the little brother is out of the way. She also has a 'test' at her carnatic vocal class the coming weekend so every evening we've been practicing sarale varasais and getting her to perfect that and her taalam has been rather daunting. I thought all my stressful school days are over but the truth is that they are back!

Coming to this kurma recipe... I have to talk about soya chunks - i love these chewy little, protein packed fellas - always have and I can't believe that this is the first kurma recipe that i'm posting that involves them. This gravy is creamy with coconut milk and you can even add peanuts but I went with almonds instead and pressure cooked it so that made the soya chunks kind of melt in the mouth and they absorbed the flavour of the gravy beautifully.


SOYA CHUNKS KURMA Ingredients: Soya chunks - about 25 pieces Peas - half cup or so (I used frozen) Onion - 1 medium (if big, use 3/4) - chopped Tomato paste - 1 to 2 tbsp diluted in water (substitute with 1 pureed tomato) Coconut milk - 1/3 cup (you can also use coconut milk powder mixed with warm water) Salt - to taste Garam masala - 1/4 tsp Coriander leaves - for garnish Oil - 3 tsp (divided) To Fry & Grind: Garlic - 5 cloves Ginger - 1 inch piece Green Chillies - 5 to 6 Poppy seeds - 1 tsp Almonds / Cashews - 12 Coriander seeds - 2 tsp Cumin seeds - 1 tsp Chilli powder - half to 1 tsp (to taste) Curry Powder / Kitchen king masala - half tsp Method: 1) Boil water in a wide mouthed bowl with a bit of salt and add the dry soya chunks (Nutrela). Switch off the stove, cover and allow to cook for 15 min. This makes them soft and they also become quite big. If too, big you can halve them after squeezing out all the water from them (once cooled). Set them aside. 2) Meanwhile, fry the ingredients to grind in a tsp of oil for a few mins. Allow to cool and grind to a fine paste with some water.


3) In a cooker, heat the remaining oil and fry the chopped onions till soft and translucent. Now add the diluted tomato paste (or tomato puree) followed by the ground paste. Fry till the paste is almost dry.


4) Add the frozen peas at this stage and salt as required, along with the well drained soya chunks & garam masala. Add sufficient water and coconut milk to form gravy of desired thickness.


5) Cover and pressure cook this for about 7 minutes or 2 whistles.


6) Once the pressure is released, transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle coriander leaves as a garnish. This pairs well with chapathis/rotis. Note: This can be just cooked in a pan but I think pressure cooking makes the soya chunks taste even better.


17 comments:

  1. Cant wait to try soy chunk in kurma laavanya. Looks yummmy! Drool worthy pics :)

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  2. I have never tried soya chunks...and you know what could be the reason! This recipe makes me think about trying them.The gravy looks extremely delicious.

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  3. Kurma looks marvellous...Prefect pair for rotis, thanks for trying bok choy kootu Laavanya, regarding that site i have already did the necessary,once i send a mail they remove immediately everything and restart again, again i send a mail to the owner and let me wat he will reply,thanks a ton for letting me know..

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  4. the gravy looks so delicious..made soya chunks long ago..yours tempts me to try once again..

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  5. Even i have never tried soy chunks in kurma. fantastic gravy

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  6. Looks yummy. never added chunks in kurma. good idea too :)

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  7. This kurma is super tempting..lovr the pic too!!!

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  8. The thing is we don't even remember if we have worked so hard at school days or even our parents. Here, parents are real backbone for kids education! Does she go to Barathanatyam class too?
    I had veggie along with the kurma , soya alone sounds tasty!

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  9. Seems you have a busy schedule coming up!

    Kurma looks delicious.. Would love to try it with rotis..

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  10. Looks yum! I love soy chunks. My mom used to add it in veg briyani.

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  11. drool worth kurma! have to try sometime. I have kurma masala as I am very lazy to use so many ingredients:)

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  12. Korma looks delicious with soya chunks

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  13. when to put garam masala :)
    - Vijay

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  14. Vijay - good catch - have updated the recipe. Right after adding the soya chunks is good or even towards the end of the process would be fine.

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  15. Hi Laavanya, I tried your korma and it turned out delicious! Have an award for u in my space, please collect it.

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