soya chunks fry recipe

Meal maker fry | Soya chunks fry | Soya chunks recipes

By Swasthi on August 2, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Meal maker fry or soya chunks fry recipe in 20 minutes.Soya chunks also called as meal maker or vegetarian textured protein is a good source of protein for vegetarians.

soya chunks fry recipe

To make the soya chunks, soya bean is soaked, grinded, milk is extracted and used for other purpose and only the pulp is made into chunks and then dehydrated. Quite a lengthy process and hence they have a good amount of dust or impurities accumulated in them.

To remove the impurities, soya chunks need to be soaked thoroughly, softened and left in the water for a while, for the debris to melt and get settled at the bottom.

Soya chunks fry recipe, that I am sharing today is a simple stir fry that can accompany your meal either with rice or chapathi.

One important ingredient that brings a great flavor to this meal maker fry recipe is the saunf or the fennel seeds. If your garam masala already has fennel, you could skip it, I just pulse a bit more of the fennel seeds in a jar with the garam masala to make it more flavorful.

Meal maker fry or soya chunks stir fry recipe

Meal maker fry | Soya chunks fry recipe | Soya chunks recipes

Soya chunks fry also known as meal maker or vegetarian textured protein is stir fried in onion tomato mixture.
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Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • ¾ to 1 cup soya chunks
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion very large , sliced
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • 1 to 2 green chilies sliced
  • ¾ to 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt as needed
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ to ¾ tsp garam masala or kitchen king masala
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Boil soya chunks in lot of water for 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size, Leave them in the water for a while. Rinse them at least twice and squeeze off the excess water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin and curry leaves. Saute till cumin begins to splutter.
  • This step is optional. Marinate soya chunks with 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste, 1/4 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp of garam masala. Keep this aside for 15 mins.
  • Add hing, chili, onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic and fry till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Fry till mushy.
  • Add chili powder and masala powder. Mix and fry.
  • Add soaked nuggets and mix everything well.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 3 to 5 minutes without burning.
  • Fry on a medium heat for 2 mins until a good aroma comes out.
  • Garnish soya chunks fry with coriander leaves.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Meal maker fry | Soya chunks fry recipe | Soya chunks recipes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, add soya and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes till they soften. Leave them aside for some more time for the dirt to settle down.

How to make meal maker fry or soya chunks fry with step by step pictures

how to boil soya chunks

2. Rinse them off in water and squeeze to remove frothy water inside the chunks

3. Repeat the rinse. Squeeze off the water and keep them side. If you are using large chunks, you could chop one chunk to 2. You can also marinate soya chunks with 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste, 1/4 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp of garam masala. Keep this aside for 15 mins.

4. Slice onions and chop tomatoes

5. Heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, cumin when they begin to splutter, add onions and green chilies.

tempering with curry leaves spices to make soya chunks fry recipe

6. Fry till the onions turn transparent. Add grated ginger garlic. Fry till you get a nice smell. Do not burn.

frying onions ginger garlic for soya chunks fry recipe

7. Add tomatoes, sprinkle salt and turmeric.

addition of tomatoes for soya chunks recipe

8. Fry till the tomatoes turn mushy. Now you must be left with a moist onion tomatoes mix that is sufficient to coat the nuggets well. Otherwise add in another chopped tomato and to the pan and cook further till it turns moist and soft.

addition of spice powders for meal maker fry recipe

9. Add red chili powder, garam masala powder and mix well.

10. Add soya chunks. Mix everything well.

add drained nuggets to make meal maker fry recipe

11. Cover and cook till they turn soft, moist and flavorful. This takes about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir fry for 2 mins until it smells good.

cooking on a low heat to make meal maker fry recipe

12. Garnish soya chunks fry with coriander leaves.

garnished soya chunks fry

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Thank you for these great recipes. I am particularly grateful for the various soya chunk recipes, like this one. During this lockdown, many of our usual foods are not available. One bit of advice: The end of the recipe was confusing until I realized that you don’t really mean “stir fry” in the usual sense. It might be better to say “Remove the lid and stir for 2 mins until the sauce is completely reduced.

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Thank you Swasthi for the delicious recipe..

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Hi swasthi this recipe looks great ..
Can I add capsicum to this ?

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This recipe looks nice and simple. I was searched for something like this one. Thanks.

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Wow dheedhi superb loved it thank you so much??.The soya chunkzz fry was outstanding. Even if I don’t know to cook my mom made it great.Thankzz Swasthi dheedhi. Gr8

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Very good recipe, thank you for sharing this.

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Wow, nice recipe swathiji 🙂 ? will try it for sure and will tell my feedback

Made the soya keema it’s very nice never been so tasty before ur recipe is good I like it very much I will try out all ur recipes Thkq Swathi???

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I need to know where to get the soya chunks? I’m in Eastern Cape, Ngcobo

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Soya is nt my favourite but today aftr trying this recipe in lving it thanks for the recipe

Give me receipes by images only. and how to make egg puffs without Microwaves

excellent…simple process

nice and different taste

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How to make soya chilly?

I saw Ur soya chunk karma.. I’m longing to cook n taste…

I tried this recipe it was awesome

Good and it is simple method in less time
Easy to leran

I like soya chunk very much but i don’t know how to do it, will i just soak and grained the soya beans that is the chunk or any other thing is to add. Please teach me

Really it is very quick & easy to make at the same time TASTY ALSO.

healthy and yummy stir fry

Healthy dish.. And looks very delicious too !!

Looks pretty simple and amazing!

Excellent stir fry, an excellent side dish for some sambhar rice.