Soya Chilli Recipe | How to Make Chilli Soya Chunks

how to make soya chilli recipe

Soya chilli (सोया चिल्ली) is a popular choice of Indo-Chinese appetizer for many vegetarians. Many home-cooks struggle with coming up with the perfect soya chilli recipe (सोया चिल्ली रेसिपी), mainly because they don’t know how to get rid of the pungent smell of the soya chunks. The smell is inherent but not impossible to get rid off. Once that’s done, soya chunks taste delicious; very much like chicken actually. For the uninitiated, soya chunks are also known as textured vegetable protein and soya meat. They are made from the soybean flour that is left behind after the extraction of oil from the soybean.

In today’s recipe, we will see how to make the dry version of chilli soya chunks. It is a delicious appetizer that’s healthy too. To top it off, it’s an incredibly easy and quick recipe. I highly recommend that you use mini soy chunks so that it’s flavorful right till the center. If at all you cannot find them, you may go for the regular soy nuggets that are larger. Cutting them up into halves after boiling works too. They won’t have a bland tasting center if you do that. Also, use good-quality, branded soya chucks. I have used Ruchi’s Nutrela.

Tips to Get Rid of the Smell of Soya Chunks

  • Boil the soya chunks with some salt for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the soya chunks and refresh them several time with plenty of fresh water.
  • Squeeze the soya chunks every time you refresh them so that the water takes away the smell with itself. After 3-4 times, the water will run clear and that’s when your soya chunks begin to taste good.

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Now let’s see how to make chilli soya chunks or as some people call it, chilli soya nuggets.

How to Make Soya Chilli Recipe at Home

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Soy Chilli Recipe | Chilli Soya Chunks | Soya Chilli Dry
 
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Soya Chilli is a lip-smacking appetizer of healthy soya nuggets stir fried with a hot and tangy sauce. It's a great way to incorporate soya in your diet which is an excellent vegetarian source of protein.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
For Preparing the Soya Chunks/Nuggets
  • Mini soya chunks - 1 & ½ cups (150 grams)
  • Cornstarch - 3 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Red chili powder - ½ tbsp (byadgi)
  • Ginger-garlic - 1 tbsp, finely crushed or ground to paste
  • Water - for boiling the soya chunks
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
For Making the Soya Chilli Sauce
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Spring onion whites - ¼ cup, chopped
  • Spring onion greens - 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Ginger - ½ tbsp, grated or finely crushed
  • Garlic - 2 tbsp, minced
  • Green chilies - 2, split lengthwise
  • Onions - 2 small, halved and layers separated
  • Capsicum - ½ cup, chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • MSG/Ajinomoto - 1 tsp
  • White vinegar - ½ tbsp
  • Red chili sauce - 1 tbsp (Use Del Monte for the best result)
  • Light soy sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup - 1 tbsp
  • Cornstarch slurry - 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. First of all, let's prepare the soya chunks. Boil the soya chunks in enough water for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the soy chunks. Refresh it with lots of fresh water. Squeeze it to get rid of the excess water.
  3. Now marinade the soya chunks by adding to it the cornstarch, salt, red chili powder (byadgi), and crushed/ground ginger-garlic. Mix well.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick kadhai or wok. Add the marinated soya chunks and saute for medium heat for a minute while stirring constantly. Then saute on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Let the soya chunks get some golden color and become a slightly crispy. The pungency of the soya chunks will be gone by now. Take them out in a bowl.
  6. Add 2 tbsp oil in the same kadhai/wok. Toss is the spring onion whites, ginger, and garlic. Stir-fry on high heat until the garlic turns fragrant. Do not let the color of the garlic change.
  7. Add the capsicum, onion layers, and green chilies and stir-fry until the capsicum is tender yet crunchy.
  8. Add the light soy sauce, white vinegar, tomato ketchup, and red chili sauce. Mix.
  9. Season the soya chilli sauce with salt, sugar, and MSG/ajinomoto.
  10. Add the cornstarch slurry and bring it to a boil.
  11. The soya chilli sauce looks glossy. Add the soya nuggets in the sauce and toss them well.
  12. Garnish with spring onion greens. Give it a final toss.
  13. Chinese soya chilli recipe is ready. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Soya Chilli Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

These are the ingredients for preparing the soya chunks for the soya chilli recipe.

soya chilli ingredients


Step 2

Boil 1 & 1/2 cups (150 grams) soya chunks in enough water for 10 minutes.

boiling the soy nuggets for making soya chilli dry


Step 3

Drain the soy chunks. Refresh it with lots of fresh water. Squeeze it to get rid of the excess water.

boiled and squeezed soya chunks for making chilli soya nuggets


Step 4

Now add 3 tbsp cornstarch, salt to taste, 1/2 tbsp red chili powder (byadgi), and 1 tbsp crushed/ground ginger-garlic to the boiled soya chunks.

marinating the soya chunks


Step 5

Mix well.

marinated soya nuggets


Step 6

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick kadhai or wok. Add the marinated soya chunks and saute for medium heat for a minute while stirring constantly. Then saute on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.

sauteing the marinated soya chunks


Step 7

Let the soya chunks get some golden color and become a slightly crispy. The pungency of the soya chunks will be gone by now. Take them out in a bowl.

sauteed soy chunks


Step 8

These are the ingredients for the soya chilli sauce.

ingredients for the soya chilli sauce


Step 9

Add 2 tbsp oil in the same kadhai/wok. Toss is 1/4 cup chopped spring onion whites, 1/2 tbsp grated/crushed ginger, and 2 tbsp minced garlic. Stir-fry on high heat until the garlic turns fragrant. Do not let the color of the garlic change.

sauteing the spring onion whites, ginger and garlic to make chilli soya chunks


Step 10

Add 1/2 cup chopped capsicum, 2 small onions halved and their layers separated, and 2 green chilies split lengthwise. Stir-fry until the capsicum is tender yet crunchy.

stir-frying the capsicum, onions and green chilies for chilli soya nuggets


Step 11

Add the 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp white vinegar, 1 tbsp tomato ketchup, and 1 tbsp red chili sauce. Mix.

adding soya sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, and ketchup to make the sauce for soya chilli dry recipe


Step 12

Season the soya chilli sauce with salt to taste, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp MSG/ajinomoto.

adding sugar, salt, and msg/ajinomoto to the sauce


Step 13

Add the cornstarch slurry made with 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cups water. Bring it to a boil.

adding cornstarch slurry ti the stir-fried veggies


Step 14

The soya chilli sauce looks glossy and ready.

the sauce for chinese chilli soya recipe is ready


Step 15

Add the soya nuggets in the sauce. Toss them well and cook for a few seconds.

adding sauteed soya nuggets to the sauce


Step 16

Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped spring onion greens. Give it a final toss.

garnishing the chilli soya bean chunks with spring onion greens


Step 17

Chinese soya chilli recipe is ready.

chinese chilli soya recipe is ready


Step 18

Serve hot. Enjoy!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Sunaina Parekh
    November 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

    wow..luks so testy

  • Reply
    Rekha Ruparel
    January 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    soya chilli bahot ache lag rahe hai..yummy

  • Reply
    Jayesh Karad
    January 21, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    amazing stuff!

  • Reply
    Ira H
    January 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    wow..yummy

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    sejal kambli
    March 27, 2018 at 11:09 am

    wah.. bahot achi recipe hai. meri favorite chinese dish.

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 30, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Sejal

  • Reply
    Besty
    January 4, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Fantastic soyachunks

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