This easy soya fry recipe is minimal effort and maximum flavour, great for a snack or as a side dish. Soya is high in protein and low in fat. It’s perfect for both the health and taste conscious.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves: 2

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup soya chunks (see notes)
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 4-5 pods of garlic, chopped
  • 2.5 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder or more if you like it hotter
  • ½ tsp lime pepper (see notes)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (garam masala)
  • 1.5 tsp chicken masala (see notes)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Salt to taste

  1. Soak the soya chunks in 1.5 cups water and ¼ cup milk for 30 minutes.
  2. Squeeze the water out after 30 minutes and roughly pull apart the chunks into smaller bits.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the curry leaves. Saute for a minute and add the sliced onions.
  4. When the onions start turning pink, add the ginger and garlic.
  5. Continue sautéing till the onions start turning golden brown.
  6. You don’t have to brown the onions completely but once they start turning slightly golden, add the chilli powder and turmeric.
  7. Cook for a minute and add the soya chunks.
  8. Put in the coriander powder, garam masala, lime pepper, and salt.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add the tomato puree.
  10. Once the tomato puree has coated the chunks well, continue roasting on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  11. Now add the chicken masala powder, stir well, and continue cooking for about 10-12 minutes.
  12. Do not add any water or cover the pan. The entire dish must be cooked uncovered.
  13. Soya chunks take a while to roast. They also absorb a lot of salt.
  14. Check for seasoning. Add a little bit more salt if required.
  15. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
  16. Enjoy as a snack or side dish.

Jovi’s Notes
I have used organic soya chunks from Clearspring for this dish. These are made from 100% European soya beans and are vegan.

If you do not have lime pepper, you can use regular black pepper. I have used Santa Maria lime pepper for this dish.

I have used Everest Chicken Masala for this dish. This is just a spice mix and is 100% vegan.