Indian-Style Soya Makhani Masala Curry

Updated on May 14, 2019
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This soya curry is prepared in the North-Indian style and is very similar to the way butter chicken is prepared. Hence, the name soya makhani ("makhani" means buttery). It is a very delicious and creamy dish.

For this recipe, we use soya granules to thicken the gravy, which reduces the amount of cream and cashews that are required. If you wish to add more cream and cashews, however, you can always do so.

Serve this curry with roti, paratha, or naan.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 35 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soya chunks, preferably medium-sized
  • 1/4 cup soya granules
  • 3/4 cup hung curd
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 inches ginger, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 black cardamom, crushed coarsely
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 8-10 black pepper corns
  • 10-12 cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 4 tbsp fresh cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 liter water

Instructions

  1. Boil the soya chunks and granules until soft then strain them out and wash thoroughly under running water. Squeeze out the water.
  2. In a large bowl, add the boiled soya chunks and granules. Add in the hung curd, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well and cover the bowl with a lid. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. While the soya is marinating, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1/2 tsp jeera, the crushed black cardamom, 4 green cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns, and cloves. Stir for about 15-20 seconds.
  4. Add in the chopped ginger, garlic cloves, cashew nuts, chopped onion, and tomatoes. Stir to mix well then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes turn soft. Stir a few times while it is cooking. Remove to a bowl and allow the mixture to cool down.
  5. While the mixture is cooling, roast the soya. Keep a pan on medium heat, heat 1 tbsp oil, and then put in the marinated soya. First, stir-cook the soya until the water dries up then roast it until it turns light brown stirring constantly. Transfer to a bowl.
  6. Add the cooled spice, onion, and tomato mixture to a blender jar and puree until fine. Add 1/2 cup milk and blend again then remove to a bowl.
  7. Prepare the gravy now. Keep the same pan on medium heat, put in 1 tbsp desi ghee and 1 tbsp butter. Let them melt. Reduce heat to low, add the bay leaves and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and stir a few times.
  8. Put in the pureed mixture, raise heat to medium and stir cook for about 2 minutes.
  9. Add in 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, and 1 tsp coriander powder. Mix nicely and then stir cook for about 5 minutes. If you feel the gravy is getting thick add a little milk (we added 1/4 of a cup).
  10. Add the roasted soya and kasuri methi and stir for a minute. Reduce heat to low-medium and add in the fresh cream and cilantro. Mix well and stir-cook for a minute. The dish is ready.
  11. Remove the dish and garnish with a little cilantro. Serve with roti, paratha, or naan.

Indian-Style Soya Makhani Masala Curry

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        Miebakagh57 

        4 months ago

        Hi, Rajah, not at all, please.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

        Thank you, Miebakagh.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        This comment is noted.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hello, Rajah, it is well appreciated. You'll welcomed. Thanks.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

        Thank you, Bill.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

        Thank you, Katee.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

        I understand your point, Miebakagh. It is worth the extra effort though. Thanks for visiting.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

        Very true, Dora. The gravy is the one usually prepared for butter chicken. Hope you can find the ingredients to try out this dish. Thank you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 months ago from The Caribbean

        The soya chunks dish looks like butter chicken, indeed. I can almost taste it. Wanted: some Indian friends to help me find the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hi, Rajah, with all these 26 ingredients plus water, don't you think it is quite large to strangers or foreigners like me? That is my opinion, but the dish may have cultural significance. However, some of the ingredients may not be available in my Mall. Thanks for sharing.

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        Katee Shew 

        4 months ago from Canada

        Looks really good!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Passing this on to my wife. She's the curry person in our family. I might try a sample. :)

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