Soya mince and potatoes


My mother love soya mice, even soya chunks. I very seldom keep it in the house, well not because I don’t how to make, but because the chunks and the mince seem to be the only thing that I always knock over in the pantry and let me tell you , what a mission it is to clean up.

Normally I just vacuum it all up and pretend I never had soya to start off with.

My new Indian Culinary role model is Madhur Jaffery, thanks to Amazon, I was able to get my hands on some of her books. These Indian Cookbooks are a rarity in my hometown, but after searching the net my boyfriend Amazon could source it for me and bring it right to my door step within 7 working days of course.

I was reading one of Madhur’s book and I came across a recipe for soya mince and potatoes. Also a good friend of mine Haka Vaneshri and she gave me a tip on how her granny used to soak her mince. When I made this recipe I made sure to add Haka’s tip and let me tell you something, my dad ate the mince and he didn’t even know it was soya, even my mum, she couldn’t believe that it was soya, it didn’t taste like soya at all.


  • 1 x cup soya granules.
  • 1 x cup boiling water
  • 1 x tsp white wine vinegar.
  • 3 x potatoes, peeled and cubed.
  • Salt and pepper to season.
  • Generous pinch of asafetida powder.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • 2 x tomatoes, grated
  • 1 x tbsp. grated ginger.
  • 3 x cloves garlic, grated.
  • ¼ x tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 x tsp masala.
  • 1 x tsp dhania powder.
  • 1 x tsp garam masala.
  • Fresh coriander to garnish.


  • Soak the soya granules in the boiling water and vinegar, give it a good stir and set aside.
  • In a pan, heat some oil.
  • Fry the potatoe cubes on a medium heat until slightly golden brown, they do not have to be cooked through, they will still be slightly raw.
  • Remove from the oil and allow to drain on a paper towel for now.
  • Heat some oil in a pan, over a medium heat.
  • Add the asafetida powder and give it a good stir.
  • Add the onions and sauté till transparent.
  • Add the tomatoes and salt and allow to cook till the tomatoes are soft.
  • Add the grated, ginger and garlic and give it a good stir.
  • Add the turmeric powder, masala, coriander, stir and allow the mixture to come to the boil.
  • Add the soya mince with the water and vinegar and the fried potatoes.
  • Add enough water to cover the mixture, cover with a pot lid and allow to cook till the potatoes are done.
  • Remove from the heat, sprinkle with garam masala and chopped coriander.

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