When I first think of this dish, my initial thought is the clubbing of Naan with Minced Soya. Ever tried eating flatbread with a Chinese dish? Bet you haven’t


I know it sounds awful! Something cooked in ginger garlic and soy sauce being eaten with an Indian bread? Absolutely unthinkableBut if you go by my word, don’t keep this dish just in your thoughts; try it in your kitchen and then gorge on it!
Coming back to the star of this combo, which is chilli garlic minced soya. In my view, minced soya is the perfect substitute to minced meat for a vegetarian and is the closest a vegetarian can come to enjoying the flavours of meat. I know a purist would think of my views as blasphemous!
It was my hubby’s cousin who introduced me to this preparation of minced soya. To be honest, I had never tried minced soya till then. And what an introduction it was! I was bowled over by the superb flavours. I marvelled the clubbing of those flavours and how well they went along; the naan and the soya that had been subtly flavoured. To some the amount of garlic may look intimidating but in this dish, more the merrier. It does not over whelm the dish…take my word for it. In fact I used more amount than I have mentioned.

This dish is actually deceptive by all means. Going by its appearance, it looks bland though it is anything but bland. The flavours of garlic and ginger along with the soy and chilli sauce makes it lip smackingly good. Eaten with a buttered naan sprinkled with nigella seeds is oh so yum. This dish is nearly effortless and needs only sautéing and then adjusting the flavours to taste.
Am I sounding like I am trying desperately hard to sell this dish to you? Well heck, you bet I am! Coz knowing how tasty it is, I know what you will be missing out on if you don’t give it a try!
I used the following ratio to cook the soya:
1 cup (heaped) soya mince
1 medium plus 1 small onion (sliced)
5 cloves garlic (sliced thinly)
1 inch ginger (julienned)
2-3 green chillies (Slit length-wise in two)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp green chilli sauce
1 generous pinch ajinomoto (optional)
1 tbsp tomato purée or you can use a tsp of tomato ketchup (optional)
¼ tsp black pepper powder
1 tbsp cornflour (I didn’t use it…actually forgot it)


Heat four and half cups of water and once it starts to boil, add the minced soya
Cook for one and half minute at medium heat and strain it.
While in strainer, run it under water. Once cool, squeeze out the excess water from the soya. Keep aside.
In a wok, heat the oil and add onion, ginger and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.
Add the green chillies and stir fry for 15 seconds more.
Add the minced soya and season it with salt, soy sauce, green chilli sauce, ajinomoto, tomato purée and black pepper powder. (Use the salt judiciously since the sauces too have salt in them)
Give it good stir till all the flavours have incorporated well.
Add the corn flour to three tbsp of water and mix well. Add this to the minced soya, stir well and cook for half a minute. 
Taste the soya and adjust the seasoning if required.
Serve with hot Naan.

Serves 4


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