If you’re looking to replace some of your animal sources of protein, or if you just want a simple way to add more protein to a dish, soya chunks may be exactly what you’re looking for. They’re essentially fat-free, chock-full of fiber, and loaded with healthy plant-based protein. They’re also super easy to cook and you don't need any oil to make them tasty and delicious. To make it simple for you, we’ve answered a few of the most common questions that people have about how to cook soya chunks without using oil.

Question 2 of 8:

How do you prepare soya chunks?

  1. Dried soya chunks are tough and hard, but they’re super easy to rehydrate so they’re nice and soft. Fill a pot with 4 cups (950 mL) of water and bring it to a boil. Add in about 2 cups (192 grams) of soya chunks and allow them to boil for a few minutes until they expand and soften.[2]
  2. Soya chunks can have a strong odor once they’re rehydrated, so run them under a cold tap to cool them down and help remove the smell. Once they’re nice and cool, squeeze out the extra liquid a handful at a time until you’re left with rehydrated chunks that are ready to use![3]
    • You can use the soya chunks as is or mince them into smaller pieces if you prefer.
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Question 4 of 8:

How can I add more flavor to soya chunks without using oil?

  1. Make a simple marinade by mixing together 1 tablespoon (6.39 grams) of Tandoori Masala powder, 1 teaspoon (2.71 grams) of red chili powder, 1 teaspoon (1.69 grams) of coriander powder, 1 teaspoon (1.69 grams) of garam masala powder, 1 teaspoon (2 grams) of ginger paste, and some salt. Soak the rehydrated soya chunks in the marinade overnight or for at least 8 hours so they soak up all of the tasty flavorings.[5]
    • Soya chunks don’t have much of a flavor on their own, but you can soak them in any type of marinade that you like and they’ll take on the flavor of the ingredients you use.
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Question 5 of 8:

How can you use soya chunks in a dish?

Question 7 of 8:

Can you add dry soya chunks to recipes?

  1. If you’re making something like a chili or a stew, you don’t need to soak or boil the soya chunks first. You can simply drop them into the dish and they’ll soak up all of the delicious flavors and juices. It’s an easy way to add more protein without having to use oil to flavor the soya chunks.[9]
Question 8 of 8:

What is a simple oil-free recipe for soya chunks?

  1. Puree 2 tomatoes and add them to a pan with just enough water to thin them out. Then, add peas, ginger paste, salt, and some red chili powder (if you want some heat). Let the sauce come to a simmer and let it cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes so it thickens up. Then, mix in your soya chunks and enjoy this simple masala dish![10]
    • You can also add green chilis, onion, and garlic to your tomato puree for even more flavor!
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