Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bendakaya-Soya Chunks Pulusu (Okra-Soya Chunks in Spicy Sauce)




I was wondering how soya chunks would taste in a tamarind sauce. After some thought, decided to combine okra & soya chunks. I was happy with the result! The soya chunks absorbed the spicy sauce - they were chewy & juicy! This sauce variety is good with rice.

Ingredients
Bhindi - 12 (wash, dry & cut into 1 1/2 " pieces)
Soya chunks - 12 (soak in warm salted water for 10 mins. wash & squeeze water)
1 big onion, thinly sliced and halved
1 big tomato, roughly chopped
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Red chillie powder (Paprika) - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Fennel seed powder - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 4, slit lengthwise
Cilantro (Coriander) leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 3 cups
For seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cloves (lavang) - 3, crushed
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dried red chillie - 2, tear and deseed
Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
Curry leaves - sprig

Method
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan, do the seasoning - starting with mustard seeds. When they crackle, toss in cloves, cumin seeds, red chillie, garlic & curry leaves
  2. Immediately add onion, saute just until tender
  3. Add in tomato pieces, salt & turmeric. Mix, cover & cook until tomatoes soften
  4. Add 3 cups water, tamarind pulp, green chillies. Toss in cut bhindi & soya chunks
  5. Let boil until bhindi softens, stir in red chillie, sambar and fennel seed powders.
  6. Boil for 10 minutes, turn the heat off & sprinkle chopped coriander leaves

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