Soya Matar Pasanda

I hadn’t heard of any other pasanda except ‘Paneer Pasanda’ before I read this recipe in the Nutrela Soya Mini Chunks Packet.  I have had pasanda just once, and was put off by the sweetness in it.  Like I have said several times before, I am not one who appreciates sweet, spicy and sour together in one dish.

When Sia announced JFI – Soya for August ’08, I for one was thrilled.  I like its chewy texture, and enjoy tofu too, especially the spiced variety.

The dish turned out very tasty but then I am partial to tomato gravies. My husband is non-veg and does not get it at home, as I the kids and I are vegetarian and I even try to block out the smell of non-veg cooking by drawing the glass across the window. Ideally we are a family of a vegan, two vegetarians and one non-vegetarian, and I try my best to make my veggie options as tempting as possible. The soya nuggets, P says are closest to Non-veg, and I remind him as always – without the cruelty involved. He nods sagely.

Recipe: Soya Matar Pasanda (Textured soy chunks and peas in tomato gravy)


Nutrela soya mini chunks OR any textured soy protein, chunky variety – 2 cups (Cooked as per instructions on the pack)
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
Garlic grated – 2 tsp.
Onion paste – 1/2 cup
Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (Finely chopped)
Turmeric powder – 2 pinches
Red chilli powder – as per taste
Salt – to taste
Green peas (Shelled) – 1 cup heaped
Coriander cumin powder – 1 tsp.
Oil – 2 tbsp.


(The recipe calls for frying the granules after cooking. I omitted this.)

Heat oil and splutter the cumin seeds. Add ginger, garlic, onion pastes and fry on slow fire till the light brown.

Add tomatoes, haldi, red chilli powder, salt and peas and cook till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Add water to cook to get desired consistency. I kept it a little thickish as I served it with parathas.

Add nutrela chunks and coriander cumin powder, and cover and cook till the masalas blend well.

Garnish and serve hot.

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  1. Looks yummy. And the cutest kadai too!

  2. Thanks Aparna, that is a copper balti I just could not resist buying during one of my shopping sprees!

  3. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    hey sunshinemom
    first of all thanks for passing by my blog..i like this unique innovative matar pasand with soya.

  4. Looks really yummy…and of course the balti is lovely too. a restaurant we used to frequent from office, back in bangalore, used to serve the chole that came with batura in lil copper buckets too.

    happy friendhip day to you.

  5. this looks beautiful. i might try them with potatoes.

  6. I second that…I do not like sweet mixed with salt or the other way round in a dishes.
    It looks tempting! Bahut Pasand aaya.

  7. Thanks for the lovely entry H, and for those sweet words..what do I do without friends like you??…:)

    and hey how difficulty it must be..being a vegan, with Veg and non Veg folks..kudos for managing it so well

  8. bahut pasand aaya..thanks for sharing:)

  9. Soya Matar looks amazing.. never tried it before, at home..


    pasanda bahut pasand aaya 🙂 pic has turned out really well

  11. Sukanya Ramkumar

    This is so good and healthy. Loved the color of the gravy. YUM!

  12. Pasanda bahut pasand aaya!:D
    It’s a good way to use up/incorporate soya chunks in meals.

  13. I love soya should be delicious one 🙂

  14. I think I need to get “soyaing” soon There’s so much to be amde with it.
    Btw, I did enjoy reading those “chatty” posts.

  15. Anamika, Thank you for visiting, and the nice words:)

    Dershana, I have to actually resist not using this balti for too many dishes:) Now you make me feel like having chhole and bhaturas:)

    Bee – Hope you do! Should taste good with those fresh garden potatoes:)

    Nidhi – Welcome! I C we have similar tastes here:)

    Valli, thanks! I enjoy juggling!

    Rashmi, thank you! Sunke acchha lagaa:)

    Shreya – do try! Its a quick dish!

    Thank you, VP, Cham, TBC, Sukanya!

    Aparna – you should! My kids love nutrela, but I can’t really generalise!

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  17. Of course pasanda pasand aaya….no scope for not like it;-)
    I am always on hunt for recipes that give me some variation to make nuggets and chunks of soya,and this is ofcourse bookmarked to try next time i make soya

  18. Looks delicious:) will try this!

  19. sunshinemom, I have a surprise for you on my blog. C’mon over…:-)

  20. Nidhi, thanks for tagging me for the meme…will do it soon! This is an interesting one!

    Alka – Banana aur dikhana…aapke haathon se to acchha hi banega:)

    Vani – thanks!

    Dershana – Righto boss! Hey..thank you my dear friend…such a pleasant surprise:)

  21. Bahut hi pasand aya! Have to make it too. Soya is not a big hit inmy family, but this recipe might change it. 🙂

  22. pg, my family was a little defensive when I first introduced soya, as it is not an oft used ingredient in traditional homes! But now they love it:)

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  24. Its a nice & wonderful dish.
    I have tried and made a delicious Soya Manchurian dish. Please check the video and prepare it in your home.
    Sure you will love the dish as it is 100% vegeterian but rich in protein. Please like my video and subscribe to my channel 🙂

  25. Super easy and tasty recipe..loved it.. Thanks

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