Malai Soya Chaap curry is rich and spicy soya chaap recipe. Soya Chaap is cooked into creamy and mildly spiced flavourful masala gravy which is made with rich malai or milk cream. Perfect to serve with Paratha, naan, roti or pulao.
If you have ever tasted soya chaap in punjabi weddings or parties and loved it this malai soya chaap recipe is most likely the dish you have tried already. It's A delicious vegetarian dish that looks like meat and tastes the BEST!
If you have not tried soya chaap till now DO give that a try with this soya chaap recipe. It's easy to make and packed with comforting flavours to the max.
The readymade soya chaap is not always gluten-free. It has white flour (maida) as one of the ingredients. Ideally, soya chaap is prepared with soybean chunks and flour but many manufacturers use all-purpose flour to bind the dough. So read the label carefully if you are looking for a 100% gluten-free soya chaap.
The soya chaap adds great variety to the vegetarian menu. Especially if you are planning an Indian menu for the dinner party. For those who are looking for a delicious vegetarian curry other than paneer makhani, soya chaap masala is the answer.
What Is Soya Chaap?
Soya chaap is kind of seiten or mock meat. It is made using soy flour or soy chunks and wheat flour. A dough is prepared using these ingredients which is wrapped around a wooden stick to make chaap.
This looks like mock chicken leg pieces and tastes meaty even. These soya sticks can be used in all meat recipes to replace meat as it absorbs flavours like that.
You can prepare vegan curry with soya chaap, coat it with tandoori masala and make these Afgani malai Tandoori soya chaap to serve as snack or party appetisers.
Nutrition In Soya Chaap
Soya chaap is good source of protein for vegetarians, but be warned that it contains flour so it has a large percentage of carbohydrates as well. All in all just like any ingredient the nutrition in soya chaap depends upon how you cook it.
Is Soya Chaap Gluten-free ?
No! It's not. Ready made Soya chaap that is available in the market is generally not gluten-free. If you want gluten free soya chaap you can either make them at home or purchase gluten-free soya chaap from super market after checking the nutrition label carefully.
How to Make Delhi Style Malai Soya Chaap Recipe
Go to any North Indian wedding or party this soya chaap gravy finds a proud place on a vegetarian table. Tandoori soya chaap is a popular street food especially so in winters in Delhi.
Grilled pices on soya chaap masala with naan or dry soya chaap kababs wrapped in rumali roti served with thinly sliced onion and mint chutney on street carts sells like hot cakes.
Having lived in Delhi for so many years I have tasted them all and love them. But this malai soya chaap curry is what I make very often at home. Earthy flavours, thick rich and aromatic gravy these punjabi style soya chaap always leaves you craving for more!
However, this malai soya chaap recipe can hardly be called a healthy recipe because a considerable amount of cream is used in the gravy and that makes it quite rich. But, I have a healthy and tasty Afghani soya chaap recipe if you want a healthy soya chaap recipe.
How to Make Punjabi Style Soya Chaap Curry?
If you love punjabi style malai tikka dishes this punjabi chaap curry will definitely be your favourite. It’s a dish that is most suitable for party or special occasions. It’s a purely vegetarian dish but the look and texture are almost the same as some of the chicken dishes and is loved equally by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Basically any curry you cook with paneer, chicken or fish you can cook that with soya chaap. It's vegan and vegetarian both.
A recipe that is very easy to cook. I just marinate the soya chaap pieces with a simple marinade and cook it in the creamy malai gravy. It takes only 20 minutes of active cooking time. You can serve the malai soya chap with Paratha, chapati or pulao.
Ingredients for Making Punjabi Soya Chaap?
You need all of these ingredients to make this delicious soya chaap recipe.
Soya Chaap is the main ingredient of the curry. You can buy freshly made soya chaap or make this curry with dried soya chaap. I will talk about both the methods.
Dairy: Yogurt To marinate soya chaap, fresh cream
Fats: Oil, Dry coconut, almonds
Fresh: Onion, coriander leaves, green chilli
Seasonings and Spices - Salt, black pepper powder, 1 lemon juice, kasuri methi, Red chilli powder, black pepper powder, kitchen king masala
Step by Step Making Soya Chaap Curry
Prepare the Marinade and Marinate Soya Chaap
First Remove the Soya chaap from the stick and cut it into slices. [photo 1,2,3]
In a bowl add these soya chaap chunks and ingredients of the marinade salt, black pepper powder, curd and lemon juice. [photo 3,4,5]
Rub the all of these nicely overchunks, cover the bowl and keep this bowl in refrigerator for 40-45 minutes. [photo6]
To make Gravy for Soya chaap
To malai gravy first of all make a dry masala for the gravy.
Grind together dry coconut, kasuri methi and almonds. Keep them aside. [photo 1,2]
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan and add chopped onion. Saute the onions till these are light pink in color and add ground coconut masala. [photo 3,4]
Cook it for 2-3 minutes on slow heat till coconut is slightly toasted and fragrant.[photo 5]
Now add marinated soya chaap pieces and cook everything for 3-4 minutes on the slow heat while stirring it continuously.[photo6]
Add cream/malai and mix it well.[photo 1,2]
Now add red chilli powder, pepper powder and kitchen king masala. [photo 3,4]
Mix everything well, add ¼ cup water and cook for another 4-5 minutes. [photo 5,6]
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, slit green chillies and serve the malai soya chaap gravy hot with phulka paratha or rice.
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Recipe Notes and Tips
- Keep stirring the gravy frequently so that it does not stick to bottom and cream does not curdle.
- Add salt after cooking the cream to prevent the curdling of the gravy.
- To make vegan soya chaap curry replace yogurt with cashew yogurt and fresh cream with coconut cream.
More Such Recipes To Try
Afgani Soya Chaap Recipe
Paneer Do Pyaza
Dhaba style Aloo Matar
Instant Pot Aloo Matar
Recipe Originally Published on 17 Feb 2017. Updated with more details and pictures but recipe remains same.
Malai Soya Chaap Curry - How to Make
For making marinade for Soya chaap
- 500 g Soya chaap
- For Marinade!
- 2 tablespoons yogurt/curd
- ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoons black pepper powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice extracted
For making Soya Chaap gravy
- 70 g Dry coconut
- ¼ teaspoon kasuri methi
- 15 almonds
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- 100 g fresh cream
- 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
- 1 tablespoon kitchen king masala
- leaves corianderfor garnish
- green chilli for garnish
Marinade the Chaap
- Remove the Soya chaap from the stick.
- cut it into 1-1.5 inch chunks.
- In a bowl add these soya chaap chunks and ingredients of the marinade. Add salt, black pepper powder, curd and lemon juice rub the chunks, cover the bowl and keep this bowl in refrigerator for 40-45 minutes.
To make Gravy for Soya chaap
- Now to make malai gravy first of all make a dry masala for the gravy.
- Grind together dry coconut, kasuri methi and almonds. Keep them aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan and add chopped onion.
- Saute the onions till these are light pink in color and add ground coconut masala.
- Cook it for 2-3 minutes on slow heat till coconut is slightly toasted and fragrant.
- Now add marinated soya chaap pieces and cook everything for 3-4 minutes on the slow heat while stirring it continuously.
- Add cream/malai and also red chilli powder, pepper powder and kitchen king masala.
- Mix everything well and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, slit green chillies and serve the malai soya chaap gravy hot with phulka paratha or rice.
Could we use frozen chaaps for this recipe?
Yes you can use frozen chaaps but thaw them before.
What is soya chaap? Is it soya nuggets? Thank you.
No soya chaap is different than soya nuggets.
In the US I have never seen soya chaap. What is a substitute that I can use instead?
Soya chap is made with soya flour and wheat flour is readily available in Indian Markets. I think you can use seiten if you are vegetarian or for non veg you can use chicken though none of both taste or look like soya chaap
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preeti kaim vedwal
i made this... it was delicious..thanks
I cooked this my family became fan of this dish Thank you for such super recipe
I am glad Nupur that you and your family enjoyed that 🙂 my family loves it too!
Wonderful article very easy to understand.
Hey, can we use soya chunks for this?
My first time cooking with chaap... came out so well! Thank you for this recipe 🙂