Soya chunks or meal maker is a rich source of protein. Vegetarians can get enough protein from soya chunks. The soya chunks is prepared from dehydrating the pulp left after extracting milk from the soya beans. Hence it has many impurities. So once we soften the soya chunks it should be rinsed 2-3 times. Also it should be squeezed well so that it can absorb the gravy well.
This is my own recipe of meal maker gravy. I just randomly picked the ingredients and tried it for lunch. It came out awesome and tasted exactly like a chettinad dish. It tasted heavenly with rice. It goes well with roti and biriyani or pulao. It is a great substitute for meat. With a spoon of ghee it will taste like a mutton gravy. Out of all, in this recipe less oil is used. It is a treat for diet followers.
- Meal maker/Soya chunks – 1/2 cup
- Shallots – (8-10)
- Tomato – 2
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Pepper pods – 1/2 tsp
- Red chili – 4
- Coriander seeds – 3 tsp
- Curry leaves – (2-3) sprigs
- Coconut pieces – 1 1 /2 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Split urad dal – 1 tsp
- Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
- In a kadai, add water, soya chunks and litlle rock salt. Cook it for 5 minutes. Drain the excess water and wash the soya chunks 2-3 times. Squeeze out the excess water and keep it aside.
- Dry roast the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, pepper pods, coriander seeds and red chili in a kadai.
- Then add whole shallots to it.
- Finally add chopped tomatoes and curry leaves to it.
- Allow the mixture to cool. Add the mixture along with coconut pieces in a mixture grinder.
- Grind it into a fine paste.
- Heat oil in the kadai.
- Add mustard seeds and split urad dal to it.
- Once the mustard seeds splutters and urad dal turns golden brown, add the grind paste and water to it.
- Add salt to it. Cook it for 2 minutes.
- Now add the squeezed soya chunks pieces to the gravy and cook it for 3-5 minutes in low flame.
- Finally garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or roti.
- Here I have used big soya chunks as such. It can also be chopped into 2 or 4 pieces after squeezing excess water.
- Small soya chunks are also available in super markets. Small soya chunks can also be used.
- Coconut can also be added along shallots while sauteing. There may be a slight difference in the taste of the gravy.
- For a variation, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and star anise can be added along with cumin seeds for a added kick.
- As the soya chunks is squeezed well it will adsorb the gravy and thickens. If you want the consistency to be this adjust water and the seasoning accordingly.