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Monday, 17 August 2015

Soya Chunks / Meal Maker Manchurian / Vegetraian Recipe - Indo Chinese Cuisine

I love Indo-Chinese Cuisine for the unique taste and use of spicy tangy sauces which make their dishes mouth watering . Stir fries and Manchurian remain my all time favorite. Today I am going to share the recipe of one such delectable dish which is not only yummy but is healthy too. A dry Manchurian dish made from protein rich and nutritious Soya Chunks (nuggets) / Meal maker.

The Soya Chunks Manchurian is an excellent starter dish and a nice variation to the regular vegetable or Chicken Manchurian. The recipe is very simple and easy to follow . In this recipe the soaked soya nuggets are marinated in Schezwan sauce and Pepper powder and then shallow fried to make them crispy and then stir fried with spices and sauces which lightly coat the Soya chunks . I have use home made Schezwan sauce in this recipe. Generally the Manchurian balls are deep fried but I have shallow fried the Soya Manchurian balls to cut down the calories. The dish goes well with noodles or any other Chinese dish and is mostly served as starter.

  • 50 gram Soya Chunks / Nuggets 
  • 1 medium size Onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic fined chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp Schezwan Sauce
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp ground black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Salt to taste
  1.  Soak the Soya nuggets in hot water for 15 minutes. The Soya nuggets will absorb the water and become double its original size. 

    2. Squeeze out all the water from the nuggets and wash them thoroughly in running water in a colander. Now again squeeze out the water and place the nuggets in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp Cornflour, Salt , freshly ground black Pepper , 1 tsp Schezwan sauce and mix properly to coat the nuggets evenly. Let the soya nuggets marinate in this mixture for about 15 minutes.

  3.   Shallow fry the marinated nuggets in 2 tbsp Oil until they turn golden brown and crispy. Keep stirring.

   4.  Remove the nuggets and keep on an absorbent paper. You can see , some oil is still left in the wok, so I have used the same for stir frying and not added any oil .

 5.  Before stir frying the Manchurian,  keep all the sauces ready . I generally mix all of them and keep ready. Mix the Soy sauce, Vinegar and left Schezwan sauce together in a small bowl. In another bowl add 1/2  tsp cornstarch and mix with some water and add this to the sauce mixture.

   6.  Heat up the left over oil in the wok and add the chopped garlic and ginger and stir till the raw smell goes and it turns golden brown. 

   7.  Now add the chopped Onions to it. Stir the onions for few seconds on high heat. Now simmer the flame and add the sauce mixture and mix well .


    8.  Add the soya nuggets to this slurry and stir fry nicely on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Put off the flame once the gravy coats the Soya nuggets evenly.

    9.   Garnish the Soya Chunks Manchurian with Spring Onion greens and serve immediately.

If you are looking for more recipes using Soya Chunks check out Soybean Chunks Fried Rice , Nutritious Soya and Veggie Burger.