Apr 5, 2012

How to Cook Soya Chunks / How to Prepare Meal Maker for Recipes – Back to Basics

Meal maker is one of my favorite I love it all time..But the one thing that turn me off is the smell which you get from it. I searched google about how to get the raw smell out of it and found this tip in one of the blog..I totally forgot in which blog I found this, so sorry about that..Adding milk to the cooking water takes off the smell from it..From that day onwards I am cooking soya chunks like that..

I was cooking so many recipes out of soya chunks recently, so I thought why not put this tip as a separate post, so that it will be helpful for all of you right..So here I am with the post…Feel free to share your way of cooking soya chunks, I would love to hear from you..


Soya Chunks / Meal Maker – 2 cups
Water – 5 cups
Milk – ½ cup


Heat milk and water in a sauce pan. Bring this to a good rolling boil.

Add in the soya chunks and switch off the flame. Cover with a tight fitting lid and leave it aside for 15-20 mins.

Drain it in a colander and wash it with lots of cold water.

Now squeeze of the extra water with your hands. Squeeze to get as much water out of it.

Now you  use it as per your wish.


For making Cutlets, you can put soya chunks in a blender or food processor and pulse it for few times to make it coarse crumb.

For briyani or korma, you can cut it in half and use it.

You can use it as whole in gravies too.

Heat water and milk in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil
Add in Soya Chunks
Switch off the flame and cook it covered
Leave it for 15-20 mins..
Drain it off
Rinse in lots of cold water
Squeeze of the extra water
Now it is ready for cooking
You can pulse it in blender
to get soya mince out of it
or chop it up
to use it any gravies..Its your choice..

Feel free to share your way of preparing soya chunks..

Check out all the soya recipes here..Click on the image for recipe...


  1. Thank you very much for your tips

  2. Nice tip

  3. Thanks for the tip. Will make soya chunks more often now.

  4. Hi Aarthi! Thank you for this really useful post; I personally don't mind the smell but I will tell this tip to my friends who do. When I cook soya chunks or mince, I soak it in warm water for a while and that usually gets it soft. I wonder what would be the smell if I boiled it in soya milk? I'll let you know the result if I try that out. I think cooking blogs should have information like this more often, so thanks again. One thing I worry about with soya, though, is that it is supposed to be processed using petrochemicals, which leave a toxic residue in the product. Do you know if this is true? I love TVP and I'd hate to have to stop using it...

  5. thanks a lot for the tip ......i havent ever used soya chunks but just yesterday bought a packet and was wondering how to start with it .....my question is before cooking it as per ur post ,are we supposed to soak it for so and so time or can we directly cook them? waiting eagerly for ur reply ......thanks

  6. @AnonymousYou don't have to soak it before cooking..You can do as per i have given..Just boil it and use..

  7. Soya is a great energy-boosting food that's high in protein yet low in fat. It is one of the recommended ingredients for some trying to lose weight. With a little seasoning, it can make a delicious side dish.


  8. Thanks for your tip my only trouble now is how to make veggie chunks taste good. I am trying to eat healthy but don't have a clue how to cook the thing.


  9. 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 :)

  10. i love ur post thanks

  11. Hi .i add soya chunks to oats..d only problem i face is despite d gravy being spicy chunks tastes bland..i mean just no taste..can u give a tip so dat my soya tastes better..
    Btw my soy manchurian tastes awesome..
    But i want to know how to enhace d taste when v r using boiled soy directly..do reply

  12. @doc gulActually soya chunks has no flavour on its own. it just sucks up the taste in which you add..so there is no way to increase the taste.one thing u can add it some salt

  13. Thanks for the info.;quite often I use to keep on boiling n boiling chunks on high flame. What ended in very chewy chunks...will try this method next time!!!

  14. Hello,
    Thanks for this tip... However can we do the same for soya mince? I have a packet full of soya mince and want to use it.

  15. Hey how to prep breadcrumbs as shown in picture.. Pls tell

    1. Check this

  16. when we squeeze the chunks after boiling, do we loose the nutritious values?


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