As we know, soy is a major source of vegetarian protein and so my mom used to cook soy chunks or meal maker since our childhood, I am particularly fond of its chewiness when cooked and crispiness when not cooked (Yeah weird, but I used to snack on them ;)). But for some reason, may be because it resembles meat in texture and looks, my husband does not like it at all. I buy it part of the groceries and try different recipes to feed him that; of all recipes Manchurian gave me quite a success.
1. Meal maker - 1 cup
2. Onion - 1
3. Green chillies - 1
4. Capsicum - 1
5. Corn flour - 2 tbsp
6. Salt to taste
7. Chili powder – 1tsp
8. Pepper crushed – ¼ tsp
9. Oil – 2 tbsp
10. Garlic – 3 cloves finely chopped
11. Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
12. Soy sauce - 1 tsp
13. Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp
14. Vinegar – 1 tsp
15. Spring onion for garnishing (if available)
Step 1: Boil meal maker in salt water; drain and wash and rinse with cold water, squeeze out and keep aside
Step 2: Mix corn flour, salt, chili powder, pepper, ginger-garlic paste in a bowl with few drops of water to make a thin paste
Step 3: Coat the masala paste to meal maker and shallow fry them till crisp. Drain oil and keep aside.
Step 4: In the same tawa, add garlic, onion chopped, green chili, capsicum one by one in that order and sauté them for just 1 minute
Step 5: Add tomato sauce, soy sauce and adjust salt/ chilli. Sprinkle some more crushed pepper for flavor.
Step 6: Finally add fried meal maker, spring onions and toss and serve as starter. This is dry.
Step 7: If you require with gravy, before you add the meal maker add corn flour dissolved in water to the masala and stir until thick. Then add meal maker and cook for 1 min before serving.