Jun 252013
 

Losing weight is an ongoing battle that I struggle to keep pace every now and then. When I curiously asked my doctor how come I don’t lose weight even though I eat consciously and try to exercise as much as I can. His simple answer a typical male answer where everything in the universe can be simplified in to a single equation amount of weight loss = calorie in – calorie out(expelled during exercise or other strenuous activities). Is he a doctor or an engineer? I was internally groaning and biting my cheeks trying to stifle a smile remembering my college days especially one of the classes taught by the Department head. This particular professor is famous for throwing equations aimlessly and stunning us to silence with its complexity. Oh I’m one among a notorious gang of five backbenchers who used to live in our own world especially when we can’t speak the language filled with equations. So it’s not rocket science to confer that I’ll not understand this particular equation to see results but I did conclude through actual experimentation that I should eat healthy and in moderation without any over indulgence. Being a vegetarian I take extra care in trying to eat more protein and a more balanced meal only when I feel hungry enough to eat and not stick to some time-table. The weight loss is a little slow to my liking but I’m happy that the results stick which provides hope to maintain this lifestyle for long period of time.

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When I had to choose a recipe from Radhika’s (Tickling Plates) blog I was so happy to find a protein filled gravy that’s perfect and tasty as a side for roti. The gravy was perfect to our tastes and my husband was quite impressed and didn’t quite miss that the koftas were pan-fried instead of deep-fried. I did add paneer in the kofta to make my kids like what they eat but its optional. Off to the recipe…

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Soak soya chunks in hot water for about 10-15 minutes till they double in size. Squeeze excess water from them and blend them in a food processor or blender. Add this ground soya chunks, boiled & mashed potatoes, crumbled paneer, cumin powder, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, finely chopped mint leaves, salt and mix well. If they appear moist, add either bread crumbs or corn flour and mix well.
Make small balls of the kofta and heat a paniyaram pan. Roll the koftas to coat lightly with all-purpose flour and shallow fry them in the paniyaram pan. Turn them throughout every few minutes to cook evenly on all sides. Remove them from the pan when done on all sides. Alternatively they can be deep-fried in oil. Keep aside.

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In a deep pan heat 3 tsp oil. Add cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. Let the oil infuse the flavors for few minutes. Add chopped onions and saute till they are translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes turn soft. Switch off the flame and let it cool. Transfer this into a blender/food processor, add mint and coriander leaves. Grind the ingredients into a smooth paste. Keep aside. In the same pan, heat remaining oil add bay leaf, coriander powder, red chilli powder and sauté over low flame taking care not to burn them. Now add the ground paste and salt and cook closed with a lid for 5 mins. Add little water incase it becomes dry and garam masala powder and let it further cook for 2 more mins. Add the koftas to this gravy and drizzle cream on the top. Serve hot with rotis / naan. Enjoy!

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Soya Chunks Kofta Curry

Ingredients

    For the Koftas:
  • Soya Chunks / granules – 100 gms
  • Potato, boiled – 1
  • Paneer -- 1/4 cup (crumbled)
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint leaves – 3 Tbsp
  • Corn flour – 3 to 4 Ttbsp (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • All purpose flour – 4 to 5 Tbsp
  • Oil – 4 tsp
  • For the Gravy/Curry:
  • Onion – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste --1 Tbsp
  • Mint leaves – 1/2 bunch
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 bunch
  • Cardamom – 1
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Cream – 2 Tbsp (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp

Instructions

    Method for Koftas:
  1. Soak soya chunks in hot water for about 10-15 minutes till they double in size. Squeeze excess water from them and blend them in a food processor or blender. Add this ground soya chunks, boiled & mashed potatoes, crumbled paneer, cumin powder, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, finely chopped mint leaves, salt and mix well. If they appear moist, add either bread crumbs or corn flour and mix well.
  2. Make small balls of the kofta and heat a paniyaram pan. Roll the koftas to coat lightly with all purpose flour and shallow fry them in the paniyaram pan. Turn them throughout every few minutes to cook evenly on all sides. Remove them from the pan when done on all sides. Alternatively they can be deep fried in oil. Keep aside.
  3. Method for Curry:
  4. In a deep pan heat 3 tsp oil. Add cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. Let the oil infuse the flavors for few minutes. Add chopped onions and saute till they are translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes turn soft. Switch off the flame and let it cool. Transfer this into a blender/food processor, add mint and coriander leaves. Grind the ingredients into a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  5. In the same pan, heat remaining oil add bay leaf, coriander powder, red chilli powder and sauté over low flame taking care not to burn them. Now add the ground paste and salt and cook closed with a lid for 5 mins. Add little water incase it becomes dry and garam masala powder and let it further cook for 2 more mins. Add the koftas to this gravy and drizzle cream on the top. Serve hot with rotis / naan.
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  2 Responses to “Soya Chunks Kofta Curry”

  1. Love the Koftas Jay.. I have also made a similar dish inspired by Radhika’s post

  2. Good one manni.

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