When ever we plan of making a side dish for chapatti using Spinach or Palak, we tend to make the traditional dishes like Palak Panner, Dry Aloo Palak, Aloo Palak Gravy I have been experimenting a lot with Soya Chunks of late and try to make use of it as an alternative to veggies and meat. Here I am posting a variety where I substitute Paneer in Palak Paneer recipe with Soya Granules. The soya granules went perfectly well with pureed Spinach. I have made this quite a number of times that its easy and delicious.
Go ahead and try this variation and let us know how it turned out for you.
– Boil 3 cups water in a heavy bottomed pan and add the soya granules into it. Bring to boil and switch off flame. Cover and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
– Squeeze out the water and rinse throughly a couple of times more. Squeeze the water out of the granules and keep aside covered till required.
– Boil ½ cup water, add little salt. Chop the Spinach stems and add. Boil for 1 minute on medium heat. Now add in the leaves, stir and switch off flame.
– Cover and allow it to blanch for 4-5 minutes.
– Drain and save the water.
– In a mixer jar add the blanched spinach stem and leaves along with green chill and blend into smooth puree. Keep aside .
– On medium flame heat oil in a pan, add in the cumin seeds and bay leaf. Fry till cumin seeds crackle.
– Now add in the chopped onion and fry till translucent. Add in the ginger and garlic and fry for few seconds till raw smell goes.
– Add in the tomato sauce and cook till oil separates. Add in the Palak puree and mix well.
– Add in the soya granules and the spinach blanched water along with salt to taste and garam masala powder. Simmer for 2-3 min. Add additional water to achieve desired gravy consistency. I had added another ½ cup of water.
– Serve hot with rotis, chapatis, phulka or wheat parathas.