Vegetarian Keema Matar Masala (Plus How to Boil Soya Granules)

Updated on December 28, 2019
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Indian-style vegetarian keema matar
Indian-style vegetarian keema matar | Source

What Is Soya Keema?

The dish we are preparing is called vegetarian keema matar masala or soya keema masala. Soya keema is soybean mince, and masala refers to the spice mixture that goes into the recipe.

Soya granules are readily available in Indian and Asian markets. If you do not have access to this ingredient, you can make it at home by grinding soya chunks that have been soaked in water and softened.

It is important to wash the boiled soya granules or the ground soya chunks thoroughly to remove the soya smell.

The video below includes a brief demonstration towards the end showing how to boil soya granules. This demonstration should hopefully be useful for those who are unfamiliar with this ingredient.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons meat masala (optional; this is a vegetarian meat-flavored spice mix)
  • 50 grams frozen green peas, softened
  • 200 grams soya granules, boiled until soft and washed well
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Boil the soya granules first. Boil the soya in sufficient water until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Wash well, drain out the water, and keep in a colander to let any excess drain out.
  2. In a pan, add oil and saute the onions until light pink. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and saute until light brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes, salt, and all the spices. Cook until tomatoes become soft.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Add the green peas and boiled soya granules. Stir until everything combines well then cook, covered, until done. Stir every couple of minutes until most of the water dries out and the dish is cooked. Ensure the dish remains a bit moist when completely cooked.
  5. Serve with roti, paratha, naan, rice, or bread. You can also prepare soya keema stuffed bread sandwiches if you wish.
5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Vegetarian Soya Keema Matar Masala

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Rajan Singh Jolly


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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Yes, Shaloo, it certainly is, and the perfect veg protein alternative for vegetarians.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      7 months ago from India

      I love this easy and nutritious dish.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Thank you, Mohan Babu.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Glad you like the meal recipe. Thank you, Devika.

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      Mohan Babu 

      7 months ago from Chennai, India

      Never knew there is a vegetarian alternative to mutton keema. This looks as yummy as its non vegetarian counterpart.

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      Devika Primic 

      7 months ago

      I rated 5 because I like it and is a healthy meal.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      I hope you like this dish Aurelio. Thank you for visiting the article.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 months ago from Orange County, CA

      As much as I love Indian food, I was unaware of this dish. I'm going to try this out -- thanks.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Thank you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I not only have not heard of this; I don't even know how to pronounce it. :) Thanks for the education, my friend.


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