A few years ago I tasted a soya dish & disliked it instantly. I vowed never to eat it again. Sometime back I was flipping through my favourite author Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe book and stumbled upon the recipe of the Soya Granules Sabzi which I thought I should try since I had a box of Nutrela Soya Granules lying around without a purpose (I tend to randomly buy boxes with interesting packaging at the supermarket :P ). The outcome was surprisingly tasty & its something I keep making for breakfast at least twice a month as it goes very well with chapathis. My husband who was terrified at the thought of having 'soya' for breakfast is not complaining anymore!
I personally feel that this dish is a very good substitute for the scrambled eggs (egg burji) and I was able to demonstrate this to my dear husband by serving some to a guest recently & passing the dish off as 'scrambled eggs'. After two morsels my guest was surprised to note that it was soya & not eggs :). What's different about this dish is that instead of soaking the soya in water, you need to soak it in warm milk with a pinch of salt. This gives a nice creamy texture to the granules and adds to its taste.
Soya Granules Sabzi
- 1 cup soya granules
- 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 1 inch ginger finely chopped
- 1 green chilli finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder (you can increase it to 1 level tsp if you have a tolerance for spice)
- oil for frying
- salt to taste
- coriander leaves chopped - 1/4 cup
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1. Wash the soya granules & drain - squeeze out the excess water if any & place in a bowl
2. Add some warm (almost hot) milk to the soya, add a pinch of salt & keep aside to soak for 20-30mins
3. Heat oil in a pan & add jeera. When they change colour add the chopped onions and fry till golden brown
4. Add the chopped ginger & green chillies and cook for half a minute
5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they mash up a bit - takes about 2-3 minutes
6. Add the chilli & turmeric powder and cook till oil leaves the masala
7. Add the soya granules and mix well. Add half of the milk used to soak the granules and cook till the granules are soft - this takes at least 10minutes on slow fire.
8. Add salt to taste & leave it on slow fire till the dish is almost dry
9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves & serve hot with chapathis or steamed white rice