Vegetarian Kheema Masala Recipe (With Soya Granules)

Updated on December 6, 2019
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Kheema Masala With Soya Granules
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This vegetarian kheema masala dish is made with soya granules instead of meat. Simple to make and very flavorful, the dish also contains peas and aromatic spices.

This curry pairs best with naan, although you can also serve it with roti, paratha, or even rice. It is a very healthy dish with all the goodness and health benefits of soybeans. For non-meat eaters, it is a high-protein vegetarian option for a main course.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 3 to 4 persons


  • 2 tablespoons desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups soya granules
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh green peas
  • 1 onion, medium sized, pureed
  • 2 tomatoes, medium sized, pureed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon sendha namak (rock salt or table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder, or 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon meat masala (optional)
  • 1 liter water, for boiling the soya granules
  • 400 milliliters water, for the gravy


  1. Boil the soya granules. Pour 1 liter of water in a wok. Keep the heat on high and let the water come to a rolling boil. Add the soya granules.
  2. On medium heat, boil for 5 minutes, until the soya granules are soft. Remove from heat and strain. Wash well under running water until they are nice and clean and devoid of smell. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the masala now. Add the clarified butter to a pan. Keep the heat on medium and let it melt.
  4. Add onion puree to pan. Saute until they turn light pink, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and chopped green chili. Saute until the mixture turns medium brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato puree to the pan and cook until the masala leaves oil, about 2 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to low and add in all the spices: coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt, and meat masala. You can skip the meat masala if you wish. Cook for half a minute and keep stirring.
  8. Add the boiled soya granules and green peas. Stir and continue cooking until the granules turn brown, about 7 to 10 minutes. Raise or lower the heat as needed.
  9. Raise heat to high and add 400 milliliters water as well 2 tablespoons cilantro. Mix well. You may add more or less water depending on the consistency of the gravy you like. Let the water come to a boil.
  10. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  11. Plate the dish, garnish with the remaining cilantro, and serve with naan, roti, or paratha.

Veg Kheema Masala Recipe (Soya Granules Recipe)

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      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thank you so much, Peggy.

      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        20 months ago from Houston, Texas

        I have never cooked with soy granules but would be tempted to try it with this recipe. Your flavorings sound great! Thanks.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thank you for your input Rinita.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        I hope you try it. Thank you Dora.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Good. Thanks manatita.

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        20 months ago from london

        Awesome! Right up my street! Being vegetarian and all. Thank you so much!

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        Dora Weithers 

        20 months ago from The Caribbean

        The soy granules are available in our health food store. The dish looks tempting. I intend to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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        Rinita Sen 

        20 months ago

        I remember when we were kids, mom used to trick us by adding soy granules in other curries because we never liked soy. Your recipe sounds great. Soy can be controversial but is of course a great protein source for vegetarians.


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