Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The menu for today is Tandoori Soya, presented by a very special Guest  of mine,  Sobha Shyam from USA. She is  a special lady with  great culinary skills, blogging on   healthy and versatile recipes, that can satisfy the palate and pleases the eyes. do visit Sobha at:  http://sobha-goodfood.blogspot.com/

About me:

I am Sobha Shyam. I am from India, now residing in US. I am a Software Engineer by profession, but I have taken a break from work currently. Now I am enjoying as a full time mom to my 2.5 year old son.I started my blog Good Food with the intention of sharing my culinary experiments and recipes.
I always try to focus on making healthy dishes. I love to spend time with my family, travelling, reading and cooking.
I am very happy to share the recipe of Tandoori Soya with you all. This makes a great party appetizer or serve as a side dish.

Soya chunks is a Soy product which is said to be Textured Soy protein and is usually used as a meat equivalent by the Vegetarians.
It is high in protein and said to have almost the same protein content as in meat.

Tandoori is a dish which is usually cooked in a tandoor. Tandoor is a clay oven where the wood or charcoal is burnt to cook the food, thus exposing the food to open fire.
This is very similar to the barbeque method. Usually meat is marinated for long hours and cooked inside the tandoor. Tandoori chicken, Chicken Tikka are very popular recipes.

Since we don't have a Tandoor at home, I made this in our conventional oven. I have prepared using Soya chunks here, but followed the same method for preparing Tandoori Chicken.
It's a healthy recipe and hope you all will love it.
1 cup Soya chunks (I have used Nutrela brand)
1/2 of a large onion, diced
1/2 of a bell pepper, diced

For Marination:
4 tbsp Yoghurt
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Lime juice
How to cook Soya chunks :Boil about 3 cups of water in a vessel and add the soya chunks to the water. Let it boil for about 5-10 minutes.
Soya chunks will be doubled in size by now. Remove the vessel from stove, close it with a lid and let it remain so for 10-15
minutes. Then drain the water, allow the chunks to cool. Once cooled, gently squeeze out the water and keep aside.

In a bowl, beat the yogurt well. Add all other ingredients listed under For Marination and mix them well to form a smooth paste.
Add this paste to the soya chunks and mix so that the chunks get coated well. This should be kept in refrigerator for a minimum of 4-5 hours.
I kept it overnight and made the tandoori next day. Longer the marination time, better the taste will be.

I have used about 6 bamboo skewers. If you are using them, soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, else they might burn in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and spray some oil. On each skewer, slide in carefully the soya chunk, onion and bell pepper alternately.
Place it on the baking tray.Once all the skewers are filled and kept on the tray, spray some oil on them.

Bake for 10-12 minutes on one side. Slowly turn the skewers to the other side. Bake for about 10 minutes again. Keep an eye on the oven as all ovens vary.

Sprinkle some chaat masala or lime juice if you desire. Enjoy the Tandoori Soya !!
* I have used Nutrela brand Soya chunks here which is available in all Indian grocery stores.
* You can vary the quantity of the spices used for marination as per your taste.
Thank you Ms. Wan for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am very glad that we met in the blogosphere.
I am so happy and excited to do a guest post at your space and this is my first guest post :)


  1. :-) You know one thing? I am thinking to prepare this soya skewer and you posted it. Neat picture and tempting picture.

  2. Tempting picture..healthy and perfectly made..will surely try this.

  3. That looks so mouthwatering! Now I have to search for soy protein...

  4. How unusual. I have never heard of tandoori soya chunks.

  5. A healthy alternative for eating pork bbq..loved it Wan and soya have always been a healthy way to absorb bad fats stored in our body.Thank you Sobha for this post ;)

  6. Thank you Ms.Wan for publishing my recipe here. This means a lot to me and I feel so honoured, delighted and excited. Thanks a lot for giving me such a great opportunity :)

  7. hi UMA, great thinking, i must thank sobha, for her willingness to do this guest post for...THANKS SOBHA...
    have a wonderful day to you both

  8. Soya chunk? I've never heard of that before. Sounds like a very interesting ingredients :)

  9. Hi Suja, thanks for coming over and liking this great post by sobha, have a nice day dear

  10. Hi jasna, glad you came and thanks for the comment too, i will also go looking for soy chunks, just wonder how they really look like- ha ha
    have a nice day.

  11. hi three cookines, thanks for your visit and sweet comments, just visited your 2 latest posts, they are great topics. i am glad sobha guest post this soy chunk recipe. have a nice day

  12. Hi saji, how are you, guess you have covered the globe already , thanks for coming over and like that comment from you...interesting recipe from sobha

  13. hi Nash nordin, i tried a few times, cant access you new-face blog..unlike the others..sorry dear, will try again..

  14. hi Aarthi, thanks for coming over..yes awesome indeed, thanks to sobha.. have a nice day 2u

  15. I'm growing a fondness for soya chunks. They're so good!

  16. hi yummy chunklet, glad you came and like the soy chunks. i thank sobha for introducing them to me.
    have a nice day dear

  17. Oh, this looks delicious! I've made Tandoori chicken in the oven and loved it - using Soya/tofu is BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Wan - another great post and guest - as always, my friend!

  18. Unique and innovative recipe. Tandoori soya looks spicy, yummy and tempting. Very beautiful and colourful presentation.

  19. Its nice to have the soy version of tandoori for a change, looks lovely and very delicious. Btw, there's also the soy version of mutton as well as fish too which I cook from time to time.

  20. cooking varieties (wan)December 14, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Hi Ann, thanks so much for coming over, wow, it feels so fresh to come back from a cruise at the caribbean... i sure envy your way of taking a break after working very hard on your blog with daily postings, so much contribution to society in the world of culinary. have a nice day.

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  22. hi reshmi, thanks for the visit and sweet comment. have a nice day

  23. hi urmi, how nice of you to come over with great comments, surely my guest shobha will be very pleased, to have you continue visit our sites. do try out this healthy and easy to prepare soy chunks tandoori. have a nice day

  24. hi nava, thanks for visiting and as per your comment.. i have not seen soy chunks before, but you seem to be very familiar , you must have found this in KL. soy chunks mutton and fish? how did that happen... i cant visualize.. need to find out on this from you. have a nice day

  25. Healthy combo and looks appetizing! Thanks Shobha and you for this great post...

  26. hi treat and tricks, appreciate you coming over with sweet comments and thank you note to sobha too, do visit her site ok. have a wonderful day

  27. Wow...my mom loves soy chunks. This is so perfect for her! Good morning dear! ;)

  28. Great! another healthy recipe, thanks for sharing Sobha! I love it alternative to pork meat if we don't want to gain weight. And it is less expensive, mom can save more with this recipe. Thank you so much Wan ! Great morning too!:)

  29. aren't there any crab chunks at the tip of the stick?..you removed my crab up there! glutton! you ate them all??grrrrrrrr!!!

  30. that I.B.G. has a code only fow you?? hehehe..how sweeeeeet *wide grin*

  31. It would be nice to try this. Full of protein, healthy for the body.

  32. A very delicious , healthy recipe.... a must try for me because I never thought of tandoori nuggets!
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely guest post.

  33. what a healthy and delicious recipe!

  34. hmp hmp..you didn't reply on my comment *pout*..I'll take all those tandoori soya sticks for free..walking out hmp *whispering*..Wan needs specs Sie heehehe..

  35. hi Love to cook Msia. thanks for your visit, may be you can share this recipe with your mom..do come again

  36. hi sagittarian, hey thanks for coming over, glad you like .this post by sobha and have a nice day

  37. hi beanizer, yay yay , thanks for coming, now i can go over and put more comments for you. ha ha
    sorry about the crabby, got to take out- expiry date around the corner..
    need new supply...wait first huh.. have a nice day

  38. this is something different. Maybe can eat it with our Satay sauce kan? Nyum2....
    I love soya but I cannot ate them to much. Angin badan~

  39. wow...that looks delicious....very healthy n yummy :-)

  40. Healthy and flavorful recipe with all great ingredients.

  41. hi balqis, thanks dear for dropping by with sweet cooment

  42. hi kalpana sureesh, many thanks for coming and your sweet cmment too. will visit you soon. have a nice day

  43. hi lunaticg, thanks for coming and for your remarks l iguess you add

  44. hi Quay Po, thank for coming over with those great comments. have a nice day

  45. hi only fish recipe. thanks for coming and putting sweet comment

  46. Hi Wan, nice posting. And it sure looks delicious.
    Love it with all those spices, and onions....
    Good for bbq's too. I can just imagine the exotic scents of India see these pics.
    I guess it will require some coordination and patience too.....not to mention love of cooking.
    You have a nice day, Wan, and stay young.

  47. hi Lee, thank you for coming over with your sweet comments on this authentic tandoori recipe.
    yes, i guess you can bbq them too and this does'nt take long to get cooked. healthy and flavorful. Have a wonderful day Lee

  48. hi IBG, thanks for your visit, but i cant respond to your comment, cos i dont understand your mayan/ martian language... ha ha

  49. Hi Sie dearest, very sorry, overlooked to reply, tho i have read your comments..thanks for telling me, i will be more alert on yours next time ok,,no problem all the "done" tandoori here are yours to take home for you and honey..

    Hi Sie, many thanks for your sweet comments, hope you will try out this healthy recipe and when "done" courier some to me ok. take good care of yourself, you both sound so cheerful and thats great.... have a wonderful day

  50. Hi beanizer, welcome back , got writers block, let me think what to comment for your blog... may be i just put some alien codes like Grrrrr Brrrrrr crabby crabby from the pacific
    go to See Sie don't panic..... encoded

  51. hi peachkins thanks for coming, your comment didnt go to my mail, instead weht direction to "moderation" only found out last night, have a nice day

  52. Hi Sobha, thank you so much for being my guest. The tandoori soy chunks you posted is a great recipe, easy to prepare, healthy to eat and delicious to the palate..
    Appreciate your willingness to do this Guest Post, have a wonderful weekend

  53. That's quite lovely. I'm sure the soya chunks prepared this way is very tasty.

    Spoon and Chopsticks

  54. hi spoon and chopsticks, thanks for coming and have a nice day

  55. This sounds like a really tasty recipe. I love those pictures :X

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  57. This was indeed a very god recipe..i was looking for it and found this which was so neatly described..n the tips added about ovens and skewers were also helpful.Thanks a ton.

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