Soy Beans Chole | Soy Beans Gravy

SoyBeanChole

Soy bean / Soya beans / Soy beans is an edible legume/bean native to East Asia. Garbanzo beans are used for the traditional chole, but how about replacing it with soy beans? Here is my take on the traditional chole but with soy beans. I have already posted the no onion no garlic South Indian style channa masala. So today I am posting the other version with soy beans.

According to wiki, Soybeans are an exceptional source of essential nutrients, providing in a 100 gram serving (raw, for reference) high contents of the Daily Value (DV) especially for protein (36% DV), dietary fiber (37%), iron (121%), manganese (120%), phosphorus (101%) and several B vitamins, including folate (94%) (table).

SoyabeansChole

But these days as with any food, there are some controversies and adverse effects about soy beans also. Those are mixed results and I always believe in “Too much of anything is good for nothing”. So moderation plays a major role. I usually prepare dals and use soy beans in the place of kidney beans and garbanzo beans. The interesting thing about these beans is its shape. They are round but when soaked they become elongated and get this oval shape. Interesting thing huh? A fun way to teach your kids shapes while feeding them.

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The masalas that I use for these are coriander powder, red chili powder in the ration of 2:1 and kitchen king masala. Kitchen king masala is optional. Also I had tomato paste (store-bought) in hand so went with that and that comes in handy for quick week day meals. You can replace it with 3 to 4 chopped tomatoes. To make the process more simple, I just cook the gravy base and add soaked beans and pressure cook everything together. (One pot meal) Soy beans gets cooked easily so its one more added reason for me to use it.    (I missed to take two pics in between. I was in a call and couldn’t take pics.)

AfterSoaking

Soaked Soy Beans

 

So here is what I did,

Ingredients:

For Tempering:

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsps
  • Cloves – 2
  • Green Cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch stick
  • Hing – 1/2 tsp

Spices:

  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsps
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Other Ingredients:

  • Tomato Paste – 3 tbsps mixed in 1 cup of water or 3 ripe tomatoes finely chopped.
  • Finely chopped onion – 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Salt – 1.5 tsps (Adjust according to your taste)
  • Water – for soaking + 1.5 cups
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp (optional)

& The Main Ingredient 

  • Dry Soy beans – 1 cup

Steps:

  • Soak the soy beans for up to 4 hrs. I usually let them soak overnight.
  • Wash them and set aside.
  • Heat a pressure pan or pressure cooker and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing, cinnamon, clove and green cardamom.

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  • As they began to splutter, add the chopped onions and let it cook till the onion turns translucent.
  • Now add the tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with water and mix well.
  • Then add all the spices (coriander powder, chili powder, kitchen king and turmeric) along with salt, sugar and mix well.
  • Let it cook till the oil separates and now add soaked and washed soy beans and add the 1.5 cups of water.
  • Mix them well and check for salt.
  • Then add the chopped cilantro and let it cook for up to 3 whistles.

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  • Once the pressure is all gone, garnish it with more cilantro and serve hot with roti.

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Notes:

  • As I mentioned, you can use tomatoes instead of tomato paste. 
  • Also 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste can be used. I just our personal preference and usually I don’t add for chole.
  • You can pressure cook the beans first and then add it to the gravy. In that case, it boil nicely after you add the boiled beans. Again just to make it as one pot meal, I pressure cook it along with the gravy.
Soy Beans Chole | Soy Beans Gravy
A popular side for roti prepared in tomato based gravy with roasted spices with the twist of replacing garbanzo beans with soy beans.
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Prep Time
8 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
8 hr 45 min
Prep Time
8 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
8 hr 45 min
For Tempering
  1. Oil - 1 tbsp
  2. Cumin Seeds - 2 tsps
  3. Cloves - 2
  4. Green Cardamom - 1
  5. Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
  6. Hing - 1/2 tsp
Spices
  1. Coriander Powder - 2 tsps
  2. Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  3. Kitchen King Masala - 1/2 tsp
  4. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Other Ingredients
  1. Tomato Paste - 3 tbsps mixed in 1 cup of water or 3 ripe tomatoes finely chopped.
  2. Finely chopped onion - 1/2 cup
  3. Cilantro for garnish
  4. Salt - 1.5 tsps (Adjust according to your taste)
  5. Water - for soaking + 1.5 cups
  6. Sugar - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  7. & The Main Ingredient
  8. Dry Soy beans - 1 cup
Instructions
  1. Soak the soy beans for up to 4 hrs. I usually let them soak overnight.
  2. Wash them and set aside.
  3. Heat a pressure pan or pressure cooker and add oil.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing, cinnamon, clove and green cardamom.
  5. As they began to splutter, add the chopped onions and let it cook till the onion turns translucent.
  6. Now add the tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with water and mix well.
  7. Then add all the spices (coriander powder, chili powder, kitchen king and turmeric) along with salt, sugar and mix well.
  8. Let it cook till the oil separates and now add soaked and washed soy beans and add the 1.5 cups of water.
  9. Mix them well and check for salt.
  10. Then add the chopped cilantro and let it cook for up to 3 whistles.
  11. Once the pressure is all gone, garnish it with more cilantro and serve hot with roti.
Notes
  1. As I mentioned, you can use tomatoes instead of tomato paste.
  2. Also 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste can be used. I just our personal preference and usually I don’t add for chole.
  3. You can pressure cook the beans first and then add it to the gravy. In that case, it boil nicely after you add the boiled beans. Again just to make it as one pot meal, I pressure cook it along with the gravy.
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22 thoughts on “Soy Beans Chole | Soy Beans Gravy

  1. We know soyabeans are very healthy and use full for strongen the bones we but we refused to have it .. This is very innovative way to consume soya bean

    Thank you for sharing

    • That biryani has become staple in our house especially when friends come over, I try that only. I tried it with maradi moggu also. I wanted to update the pics but still not able to. Got seeraga samba rice bag yesterday. Need to do that and also the dindigul one.

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