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September 10, 2013

Soya Chunks Kurma For Rice, Roti - Meal Maker Gravy - Soya Chunks Recipes

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Meal maker kurma

Hi friends, hope you all celebrated Ganesh chaturthi very well. We too had a great celebration with my in-laws :)  and back to routine.

I got this soya chunks kurma recipe ( meal maker gravy) from a magazine. It was mentioned that this gravy can be had with dosa , appam , roti and rice. Basically I love soya chunks/meal maker a lot. My Mom used to add them in biryani & kurma. But my MIL never uses it as my husband is not fond of it.
Though I like it very much, I couldn’t make often in my kitchen. Recently a reader in Facebook mailed me to post some soya chunks recipe for rice. As I have not yet posted any soya recipes, I really wanted to post one.. So I started searching for some recipes & finally I got this Tamil nadu style soya chunks kurma recipe from Aval vikatan. I have tried this South Indian meal maker gravy twice so far and I loved it with rice, roti and dosa.
Basically I like to mix kuruma kind of gravy with rice. I have already posted cauliflower gravy for rice and tiffin, my mom’s recipe very long back. This is also one such kind. Try this Soya chunks gravy and serve it as a side dish for rice, roti / chapathi and dosa !

soya chunks kurma

Soya chunks kurma / Meal maker gravy for rice and chapathi

Soya chunks kurma / Meal maker gravy for rice and chapathi

Soya chunks kurma / Meal maker gravy for rice and chapathi

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Meal maker/soya chunks – 1 cup ( I used big chunks)
  • Big onion – 2 to 3 (use 3 if small in size)
  • Tomato – 3  
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3 (slit)
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1 tsp
  • Ginger&Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Khus khus/poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp (soak in little hot water)
To saute
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 no
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Biryani leaf - 1 no
  • Kalpasi / Black stone flower - 1
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  1. Wash and soak meal maker / soya chunks in hot water for 20 minutes.
  2. Grind coconut mixture to smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil and add whole spices, onion, gg paste, green chilli and saute well.
  4. Saute tomato till mushy. Add spice powders and mix well. 
  5. Add water and cook well. Add coconut paste and some water.
  6. Squeeze the soya chunks and add to gravy. Boil well till thick.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice, roti, dosa !
  • Wash and soak meal maker in hot water for 20 minutes. It will double in size.  Squeeze the chunks and drain the excess water. Grind coconut and khus khus to a smooth paste and set aside.
soya chunks kurma
  • In a kadai, heat oil. Saute bayleaf, cinnamon and cloves. Then add g&g paste. Saute till raw smell leaves in low flame. Then add onions and slit green chillies. Saute well. Lastly add tomatoes and saute till mushy. Add turmeric powder, dhania powder,  red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix well .
soya chunks kurma
  • Add 1 cup of water and allow the onions and tomatoes to cook. Lastly add the ground coconut paste.  Add some water to bring in gravy consistency.
soya chunks kurma
  • Boil for sometime. Squeeze the soaked soya chunks well without water and add them to the gravy. Boil for sometime. Adjust the consistency by adding water if necessary. Garnish with coriander leaves.
soya chunks kurma
Enjoy mixing with rice or as an accompaniment for idli , dosa and roti !

  • If you want to make for chapathi, add 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder for more flavor. Otherwise it is completely optional.
  • Always soak in water and squeeze the meal maker before adding to the gravy for all the taste to incorporate.

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Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy and inviting gravy

lubnakarim06 said...

Indulging recipe....I too love meal maker a lot and love adding it to veg biryani and mix vegetable korma.....

Unknown said...

Looks delicious..our favourite at at home..

jaya's recipes said...

never tried it looks wonderful!

great-secret-of-life said...

my family's fav.. tempting clicks

Rumana Rawat said...

very inviting curry.. love to have now.. delicious.

Sona said...

Gravy looks very delicious and tempting.

Priya Anandakumar said...

one delicious gravy and super healthy too...

Unknown said...

Very delicious gravy. Love the clicks. Very healthy too.

Happy’s Cook said...

delicious gravy... reminding my hostel days..

Unknown said...

wow awesome and inviting curry...nice clicks...

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Unknown said...

tempting curry ....

Lifewithspices said...

yummm curry..

Divya Shivaraman said...

i am a big fan for soya chunks in birinji or curry loving this inviting dish

Menaga Sathia said...

Super curry,looks inviting!!

divya said...

looks gorgeous n tempting curry.....awesome clicks.

Sangeetha Priya said...

delicious curry...

Unknown said...

wow looks so inviting dear :) a very healthy and delicious curry !!

Unknown said...

Soya chunk gravy looks tempting.

Shruti J said...

Wow!!! Seems to be a protein-packed gravy :) Lovely recipe...

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Unknown said...

Looks yummmm ... shall try makin it

Unknown said...

Looks yummmm ... shall try makin it

Unknown said...

Looks yummmm ... shall try makin it

Unknown said...

Looks yummm... shall try makin it

Unknown said...

Really easy to make and very tasty. Even gets along well with bread.........!

Unknown said...

So easy to make and very tasty. Even gets along well with bread too

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for trying and the feedback :)

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Partage said...

is that 3 big onion?

Chitra said...

You can add less, 2 would be enough . As onion tomatoes are the base for this gravy,i have used more.