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Soybean Chilli

Soyabean also known as Nutrela, is very healthy and has a high protein content. Soyabean chunks have a very juicy and spongy taste. They are my personal favorite. This recipe is an indo Chinese recipe where these soya chunks are given a Chinese twist.

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Introduction
Ingredients
Step by step recipe with images
Tips and Tricks
Healthier version
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Introduction

This recipe is made by firstly boiling and then frying the chunks until crisp. Further they are tossed in seasoned sauce along with onions and capsicum. The sauce makes it much more juicer and yummy. It is spiced up well with green chillies and black pepper. It pairs up well with hakka noodles and fried rice. So go ahead and give it a try and please don’t forget to share your reviews in the comments section below.

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Ingredients

Ingredients (4 Person)
In order to make this yummy recipe for soybean chilli, you need;

1) 2 cups of soya chunks

2)Refined flour (maida)- 2 spoons

3)Cornflour- 1 tablespoons

4)Tomato ketchup-6 to 7 table spoon

5)Chilli sauce- 1 table spoon

6)Soya sauce-2 table spoon

7)Ginger – 1 table spoon finely chopped

8)Garlic – 15 cloves finely chopped

9)Green chilli – 5 to 6 finely chopped (or as per taste )

10)Vinegar – 2 table spoon

11)Black pepper-1/2 table spoon

12)Sugar – 1 table spoon

13)Onion- 1 cup finely diced

14)Capsicum- 1 finely diced

15)Salt – as per taste

16)Spring onion and coriander- few stems for garnishing

17)Olive oil or refined oil for frying and tossing

Step by step recipe with images

Boiling the soya chunks:

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1) Firstly take a pan and add 4 cups of water.

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2) Add a tablespoon of salt in it.

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3)Now add 2 cups of soya chunks in it.

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4) Boil it for 5 minutes o medium high flame. Finally when it turns soft and chewy, turn off the flame.

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5) When it cools down, squeeze off the excess water and keep it aside for later.

Marinating the soya chunks:

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1) Take a pot and the boiled soya chunks in it.

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2) Now add a tablespoon of crushed ginger, garlic and chilli.

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3) Add 2 tablespoon of refined flour in it.

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4) Add 2 tablespoon of tomato ketchup in it.

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5) Add 1 tablespoon of red chilli sauce in it.

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6) Add salt as per taste.

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7) Finally add half tablespoon of black pepper in it.

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8) Mix them well with you hands until it gets coated properly. Keep them aside for 30 minutes until the flavours gets absorbed.

Frying the soya chunks:

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1) Heat a pan with 2 cups of olive /refined oil. Make sure the oil is hot by adding few drops of batter into the oil, If the batter comes up without browning, Your oil is ready for the frying process.

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2) Now slowly add the marinated soya chunks into the oil and make sure that there are some spaces between them so that they do not stick together.

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3)Fry them on a medium high flame until they turns golden brown.

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4)Now put them on a tissue paper to make sure that it absorbs the excess oil.

Tossing the fried chunks:

1)Firstly dice 1 onion and 1 capsicum.

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2) Now heat a pan with 4 to 5 tablespoon of refined oil.

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3) Turn the flame to medium high and slowly add 1 tablespoon of crushed chilli, garlic and ginger.

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4) Saute it for a minute or so till it turns golden and aromatic.

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5) Now add the diced capsicum and onion to it and stir well for 2 minutes.

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6) Add a tablespoon of vinegar to it.

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7) Add a tablespoon of sugar and mix well.

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8) Now add salt as per taste.

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9) Add 4 to 5 tablespoon of tomato sauce to the mixture.

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10) Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to the veggies.

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11) Now add 1 tablespoon of red chilli sauce and give them a good stir. Turn the flame to low.

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12) Give them a good stir.

13) Now add 1 tablespoon corn flour in a glass of water. Mix them well.

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14) Add the slurry to the sauces and cook it for 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens and glossy.Add water if required and cook for a minute or so.

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14)Now add the fried soya chunks in the gravy.

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16)The gravy should coat the chunks well.

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17) Add some salt if required. Finally add 1/2 tablespoon black pepper to the gravy.

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18) Your soyabean chilli is ready to be served. Tastes best when served hot.

Tips and Tricks
1) Don’t over fry the soya chunks as it may turn dark brown and chewy.

2) The gravy should be stirred continuously in order to avoid lumps.

3) Any changes to the quantity of water or cornstarch in the slurry will result to thickening of the gravy which will make it taste starchy.

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Healthier version

Healthier version
1) If you want to make a healthier version of it, opt for shallow frying it in 4 to 5 teaspoon of oil instead of deep frying it.

2) You can either avoid the coating by just dusing the soya chunks with salt and pepper and shallow frying it in the pan or instead, you can use wheat flour mixed with cornflour in equal quantities insted of refined flour.

3) Or you can simply toss them after boiling.

Recipe card

soyabean chilli

Soyabean chilli

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indo-chinese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  •  2 cups of soya chunks
  • Refined flour (maida)- 2 spoons
  • Cornflour- 1 tablespoons
  • Tomato ketchup-6 to 7 table spoon
  • Chilli sauce- 1 table spoon
  • Soya sauce-2 table spoon
  • Ginger – 1 table spoon finely chopped
  • Garlic – 15 cloves finely chopped
  • Green chilli – 5 to 6 finely chopped (or as per taste )
  • Vinegar – 2 table spoon
  • Black pepper-1/2 table spoon
  • Sugar – 1 table spoon
  • Onion- 1 cup finely diced
  • Capsicum- 1 finely diced
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Spring onion and coriander- few stems for garnishing
  • Olive oil or refined oil for frying and tossing

Instructions
 

Boiling the soya chunks:

  • Firstly take a pan and add 2 cups of soya chunks (medium sized) in it along with 4 cups of water.
  •  Add a tablespoon of salt in it.
  • Now boil it in medium high flame for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep on stirring it.
  • Finally when it turns soft and chewy, turn off the flame.
  • When it cools down, squeeze off the excess water and keep it aside for later.

Marinating the soya chunks:

  • Take a pot and the boiled soya chunks in it.
  • Now add a tablespoon of crushed ginger, garlic and chilli.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of refined flour in it.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of tomato ketchup in it.
  •  Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce in the chunks.
  • Add salt as per taste.
  •  Finally add half tablespoon of black pepper in it.
  • Mix them well with you hands until it gets coated properly. Keep them aside for 30 minutes until the flavours gets absorbed.

Frying the soya chunks:

  • Heat a pan with 2 cups of olive /refined oil. Make sure the oil is hot by adding few drops of batter into the oil, If the batter comes up without browning, Your oil is ready for the frying process.
  • Now slowly add the marinated soya chunks into the oil and make sure that there are some spaces between them so that they do not stick together.
  • Fry them on a medium high flame until they turns golden brown.
  • Now put them on a tissue paper to make sure that it absorbs the excess oil.

Tossing the fried chunks:

  • Firstly dice 1 onion and 1 capsicum.
  • Now heat a pan with 4 to 5 tablespoon of refined oil.
  • Turn the flame to medium high and slowly add 1 tablespoon of crushed chilli, garlic and ginger.
  •  Saute it for a minute or so till it turns golden and aromatic.
  • Now add the diced capsicum and onion to it and stir well for 2 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon of vinegar to it.
  •  Add a tablespoon of sugar and mix well.
  •  Now add salt as per taste.
  •  Add 4 to 5 tablespoon of tomato sauce to the mixture.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to the veggies.
  •  Now add 1 tablespoon of red chilli sauce and give them a good stir. Turn the flame to low.
  •  Give them a good stir.
  • Now add the fried soya chunks in the gravy.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon corn flour in a glass of water. Mix them well.
  • Add the slurry to the chunks and cook it for 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens and glossy.Add water if required and cook for a minute or so.
  • The gravy should neither be too thick nor too thin.
  • Add some salt if required. Finally add 1/2 tablespoon black pepper to the gravy.
  • Your soyabean chilli is ready to be served. Tastes best when served hot.

MORE CHINESE RECIPE:

1) Manchurian recipe

2) Recipe for American Choupsey

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