Soya Matar Pasanda

I came across this recipe on a packet of soya chunks. It read tasty – and you know what I mean, no?

The dish did justice, but then I am partial to tomato gravies.  I try my best to make my vegan options as tempting as possible for my non-vegetarian husband. The soya nuggets, P says are closest to non-veg, and I remind him as always.

Recipe: Soya Matar Pasanda (Textured soy chunks and peas in tomato gravy)


Soya mini chunks or any chunky textured soy protein – 2 cups (cooked as per instructions on the pack)
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
Garlic grated – 2 tsp.
Onion paste – 1/2 cup
Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder – 2 pinches
Red chilli powder – as per taste
Salt – to taste
Green peas (shelled) – 1.25 cups
Coriander cumin powder – 1 tsp. (Or use a tsp. of coriander powder and 1/2 tsp. of cumin powder)
Oil – 2 tbsp.


Heat oil and splutter the cumin seeds. Add ginger, garlic, onion pastes and fry on slow fire till it gives out a good aroma and the mix turns light brown.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and peas and cook till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Add water to cook to get desired consistency. I kept it a little thick-ish as I served it with parathas.

Add soya chunks and coriander cumin powder, and cover and cook till the masalas blend well.

Garnish and serve hot.



Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Sheetal

    Super easy and tasty recipe..loved it.. Thanks

  • Sonali Bhaumik

    Its a nice & wonderful dish.
    I have tried and made a delicious Soya Manchurian dish. Please check the video and prepare it in your home.
    Sure you will love the dish as it is 100% vegeterian but rich in protein. Please like my video and subscribe to my channel 🙂

  • Uma

    Hi this recipe was awesome…Pls do visit ma blog and pass on ur comments…I am new to blogging:
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  • Sunshinemom

    pg, my family was a little defensive when I first introduced soya, as it is not an oft used ingredient in traditional homes! But now they love it:)

  • PG

    Bahut hi pasand aya! Have to make it too. Soya is not a big hit inmy family, but this recipe might change it. 🙂

  • Sunshinemom

    Nidhi, thanks for tagging me for the meme…will do it soon! This is an interesting one!

    Alka – Banana aur dikhana…aapke haathon se to acchha hi banega:)

    Vani – thanks!

    Dershana – Righto boss! Hey..thank you my dear friend…such a pleasant surprise:)

  • Dershana

    sunshinemom, I have a surprise for you on my blog. C’mon over…:-)

  • Illatharasi

    Looks delicious:) will try this!

  • Alka

    Of course pasanda pasand aaya….no scope for not like it;-)
    I am always on hunt for recipes that give me some variation to make nuggets and chunks of soya,and this is ofcourse bookmarked to try next time i make soya

  • Nidhi

    Something for you on my blog. Check it out!

  • Sunshinemom

    Anamika, Thank you for visiting, and the nice words:)

    Dershana, I have to actually resist not using this balti for too many dishes:) Now you make me feel like having chhole and bhaturas:)

    Bee – Hope you do! Should taste good with those fresh garden potatoes:)

    Nidhi – Welcome! I C we have similar tastes here:)

    Valli, thanks! I enjoy juggling!

    Rashmi, thank you! Sunke acchha lagaa:)

    Shreya – do try! Its a quick dish!

    Thank you, VP, Cham, TBC, Sukanya!

    Aparna – you should! My kids love nutrela, but I can’t really generalise!

  • Aparna

    I think I need to get “soyaing” soon There’s so much to be amde with it.
    Btw, I did enjoy reading those “chatty” posts.

  • Cham

    I love soya should be delicious one 🙂

  • TBC

    Pasanda bahut pasand aaya!:D
    It’s a good way to use up/incorporate soya chunks in meals.

  • Sukanya Ramkumar

    This is so good and healthy. Loved the color of the gravy. YUM!


    pasanda bahut pasand aaya 🙂 pic has turned out really well

  • Shreya

    Soya Matar looks amazing.. never tried it before, at home..

  • delhibelle

    bahut pasand aaya..thanks for sharing:)

  • Srivalli

    Thanks for the lovely entry H, and for those sweet words..what do I do without friends like you??…:)

    and hey how difficulty it must be..being a vegan, with Veg and non Veg folks..kudos for managing it so well

  • Nidhi

    I second that…I do not like sweet mixed with salt or the other way round in a dishes.
    It looks tempting! Bahut Pasand aaya.

  • bee

    this looks beautiful. i might try them with potatoes.

  • Dershana

    Looks really yummy…and of course the balti is lovely too. a restaurant we used to frequent from office, back in bangalore, used to serve the chole that came with batura in lil copper buckets too.

    happy friendhip day to you.

  • Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    hey sunshinemom
    first of all thanks for passing by my blog..i like this unique innovative matar pasand with soya.

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks Aparna, that is a copper balti I just could not resist buying during one of my shopping sprees!

  • Aparna Inguva

    Looks yummy. And the cutest kadai too!

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