SOYA MANCHURIAN

This is my first attempt at making soya Manchurian. I tried it both baking and deep frying the nuggets before adding them to the sauces. Both ways tasted really good and crispy but the soya nuggets did absorb a lot of oil while deep frying. I drained on them a on a paper towel to soak up all the oil before adding the veggies. This is a dry Manchurian dish and to make this into a gravy, half cup of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of corn flour can be added and cooked for a few minutes and the nuggets can be added after that.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Soya nuggets, 1 cup.
2. Red onion, 1.
3. Bell peppers (any color), ¼ of each color or a whole one.
4. All purpose flour, around ½ cup.
5. Corn flour, 2 tablespoons.
6. Rice flour, 1 tablespoon.
7. Chili powder, 2 teaspoons.
8. Salt as per taste.
9. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
10. Garlic, 2 cloves.
11. Aji-No-Moto or MSG, 1 teaspoon, (optional).
12. Soy sauce, 2 tablespoons.
13. Tomato-garlic sauce or ketchup, 1 tablespoon.
14. Spring onions, 1 bunch.

PREPARATION:
Take a cup of soy nuggets and put them in boiling water for 2 minutes until the nuggets are puffed up. Let them sit for 5 minutes, then rinse them well, and drain them. Mix the corn flour, all purpose flour, rice flour, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, ginger-garlic paste, salt, and Aji-No-Moto along with some water into a smooth paste for dipping the nuggets. The batter should be thick enough to coat the nuggets. If needed, a pinch of food color can also be added to the batter. Deep fry the nuggets or bake them by placing them on a well-greased baking dish and bake them at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the nuggets turn crispy.

Meanwhile cut the green bell peppers and red onions into the long, thin strips and chop the garlic into very small pieces. Heat a pan with some oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the cut bell peppers, onions and crushed garlic and let them sauté for a minute. Then add 1 teaspoon of chili powder, salt, and tomato sauce and mix everything well and sauté for 5 more minutes under low flame and switch off the stove. Then add the baked or fried soya nuggets into the mixture and mix everything well. Garnish with spring onions on top and serve hot with rice or rotis.

COCONUT, LEMON, AND CURD QUINOA






This week I also tried quinoa as a rice substitute. Quinoa is the super-grain packed with protein. It contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.It has magnesium, fiber, manganese and copper and a very ideal rice substitute because of its light texture. I tried making a couple of rice dishes like lemon rice, coconut rice, and curd rice with quinoa. Everything turned out pretty good, I really loved the quinoa curd rice very much. If you love the quinoa in soups or salads, then you are sure to love these dishes. I am not posting the recipes of the rice dishes. You can prepare your version of any variety rice by substituting the rice with quinoa.

48 comments:

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh Gita, that looks absolutely delicious...you know I like soya chunks..they are good source of protein and best meat alternate'...this is incredible:)

Quinoa Upma sounds very interesting too, you rock...

Shri said...

I am not bog on soya chuunks but your dish looks yummy!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

different one dear..looks perfect and tempting me to have a bite

Pari said...

Hi. I have been wanting to make this for quite some time and it's been slipping out of my mind..LOL
This looks so good dear and I will prefer the baked version.
Quinoa is not available here but have been reading so much about it.

neetzkitchen said...

Superb ones!!!!!

Nandini said...

Absolutely Delicious manchurian!Quinoa upma looks tasty. Wish we cud get quinoa here.

Sushma Mallya said...

I Havent tried anything with soya chunks till now,but looking at ur tempting dish,feel like getting it now and making this for dinner...looks very delicious gita

Priya said...

Just love anything with soya granules, i was planning to make out manchurian with soya since quite a long, tempting manchurian, lovely spread of quinoa dishes, yet to put my hands over them too..

Kanchan said...

I really like your innovation, first taking up soya for chinese dish and then using quinoa !!

அண்ணாமலையான் said...

its a high protein dish

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow that sounds innovative and yum....Quinoa recipe looks yum too....

PALATABLE said...

The soya dish and upma look superb, very healthy but never tried before..

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Babli said...

Soya manchurian and upma looks delicious and I am feeling hungry seeing the mouth watering pictures.

Sowmya said...

wow ...looks perfect,innovative,healthy n yummy too..you rock!i don't like soya chunks..but this is something different..I 'll try this soon..thanks for the recipe dear..

priya said...

looks so yummy and spicy, dear...healthy ....tempting clicks!

Asha said...

Very unique, looks mouthwatering.

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! The manchurian looks really yummm... healthy and delicious :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh wow thats a yummy treat...looks so tempting and delicious..

Jagruti said...

really lovely looking dish...soya manchurian looks tempting..never made it, so next on the menu and Quinoa Upma look delicious...

great job done..

Sujatha said...

I've tasted this dish at a friend's place and loved it.. haven't tried it yet.. may be I should.. picture looks super delicious..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Manchurian looks extremely delicious. Nice idea to use soya nuggets. Upma seems perfect dear.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wow! soy Manchurian my favorite and quinoa recipes looks excellent da:)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Wow two different dishes ...
Soya manchurian looks very delicious. Lovely click of upma...

Astra Libris said...

Gita, thank you so much for your continued kind, thoughtful comments... You bring such a wonderful smile to my day! :-)

Your soya manchurian looks soooo delicious... and I LOVE quinoa too!! :-)

Vrinda said...

Gr8 innovative recipe Gita and very healthy too...looks yumm

Panchpakwan said...

1st time her..lovely collection of recipes...
soya munchurianlooks healthy and innovative recipe..

Usha said...

Soya manchurian looks delicious ! Using quinoa in place of rice is a great idea, so healthy !

Animisha said...

wow nice creativity gita
soy manchurian!
Am gonna try this recipe this weekend made by ur own hands in ur house.
U really make my heart melt.

Gulmohar said...

Wow, that's awesome..Even those who are not soy fans wouldn't resist this :-)
Got to try Quinoa soon, Have been hearing about it a lot lately :-)

Siddhi S said...

wow gita this soya manchurian luks tempting...i vl try it surely now as ur recipe is superb...n quinoa upma luks very interesting

AdukalaVishesham said...

any Manchurian is always welcome being the healthy Soy the better it is... and thanks for giving insight abt the nutritional value of Quinoa.. didnt know it will work as great substitute for rice...

Cham said...

Soya manch should taste delicious! Never made manch with soy!

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Aparna said...

looks yummy yummmmmm:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very nice,good idea to make manchurian with soy chunk!

shanthi said...

This looks delicious and creamy. Would love to have it

Akal's Saappadu said...

your manchurian looks great, really appetizing!!!

the coconut / lemon/ curd versions using quina is interesting and worth a try !! nice recipes!!!

Prathibha said...

I made this once...looks yummy

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

That looks absolutly delicious.
See soon.

Kalai said...

I made this one..we liked it a lot. Healthy & delicious. thanks for sharing Gita.

suvaiyaana suvai said...

looks delious!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

See my judgement is right now its nutritious soya this time, looks fabulous and tempting!!!

Devasena Hariharan said...

that picture looks really mouth watering

Yasmeen said...

Manchurian with soy nuggets is a great idea Gita and so is the quinoa curd :D

Devi Meyyappan said...

Woow.. nice recipe:):).. looks yummmy! and delicious!!.. I'll try this some time!!.. and I've read about the benefits of quinoa,, never tried it though.. thank you :)

Pavithra said...

WOW that looks yummy ... baking is a healthier choice as u said.. When u get time, do drop in my blog. As like you, am trying to post some healthy, simple recipes.Will definitely try it in a week ...

? said...

Interesting recipe: quinoa with curd; must try it.