soyabean aloo

Soyabean Aloo Recipe

Soyabean aloo-more popularly known as aloo nutrela ki sabzi or meal maker curry is an Indian curry made with soya nuggets and potatoes. It has a delicious onion-tomato curry base flavored with Indian spices.

This side dish is made with potatoes and soy chunks commonly referred to as soy nuggets or meal makers. It pairs beautifully with rotis and other Indian bread as well as any flavor of rice.

A lunch made up of around 50g of soy chunks has a higher protein content than one made up of meat, eggs, and milk. Additionally, it contains a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B, and amino acids. I would advise you to do the same, but make sure you have thoroughly washed and peeled the potato. I will reuse the stock in which I will be boiling the potato and the soy pieces in order to extract the maximum nutrition.

This Indian curry is also called Aloo Soya, Aloo nutrela, soya nuggets curry, or meal maker curry in some regions of India.

Nutrela is one of the most popular soya food brands in India. It’s popularity can be guessed from the fact that people in India often call soya chunks, nutrela.

ingredients for soyabean aloo

  • 2 cups Soya Chunks
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

for gravy

  • 3 Potato boiled, peeled & cut into big pieces
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric 
  • 2 Small Cardamom
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • Tomato puree
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tbsp Fenugreek Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves finely chopped

Instruction for soyabean aloo

  1. In a pan add water, and salt and let it boil.
  2. Next, add soya chunks mix, and boil for 3-4 minutes.
  3. After 3-4 minutes drain the excess water and let it cool down completely.
  4. Now heat a pan and add oil, next add boiled soya chunks, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder,
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring in between.
  6. In the same pan add oil, next add potatoes, sprinkle salt, turmeric powder, and red chili powder, and fry till crisp.
  7. Take off the crispy potatoes and place them in a bowl. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and cumin seeds to the same oil and stir thoroughly.
  8. Next, add onions and cook till onions turn brown.
  9. Once onions are brown add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, Kashmiri lal mirch, coriander powder, salt, and tomato puree.
  10. Mix everything well cook till masala releases oil.
  11. When masala releases oil, add soya chunks, potatoes mix and cook with masala for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Next add water, mix and let it take a boil.
  13. Fenugreek leaves, garam masala powder, and coriander leaves should all be added after it has boiled.
  14. Next cover and cook for 5 minutes on lowest flame.

Serving suggestions

Generally, meal maker curry is eaten with Indian bread like Roti or Paratha. If you want, you can also enjoy it with a rice dish like jeera rice, vegetable rice, or just plain steamed rice.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with flavored rice like jeera pulao, ghee rice or rotis or any Indian breads. Also you can Serve hot with roti, naan, parantha or rice

To store, allow the curry to reach room temperature and then transfer to an air-tight container. It will be fine for 2-3 days.

Tips and variations

  • Always use soya chunks of a good quality.
  • Squeeze out all the water from soya chunks after boiling.
  • If you want to soak soya chunks instead of boiling, soak them for atleast 15 minutes in boiling water.
  • You can make soya chunks curry without potatoes too.
  • You may also add other vegetables like green peas, cauliflower, and carrots to this dish.


Calories 539kcal
Fat 39g
Carbohydrates 40g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium 208mg

soyabean aloo


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