Plant proteins are found in foods like beans, lentils, nuts and whole grains, these are not complete protein But soybeans and protein foods derived from soy such as tofu, tempeh, soy milk or soy protein powders are an exception .Plant proteins are lacking one or more essential amino acids, so they’re considered incomplete, but Soybeans are a complete protein .
So moving on with my Kebabs theme for this week I have chosen to cook Soybean Kebabs . These kebabs were on my party menu whenever we had guests , somehow they have got lost in all these years . The soya is soaked and minced like meat , soaked ground bengal gram is also ground . Thereafter both are cooked . cardamom , garam masala lend a special flavor to these kebabs . I remember eating similar Kebabs in Lucknow , which were served with a huge roti . These rotis were cooked on a dome shaped griddle and are called Ulte Tawe ki Roti.
I made the kebabs in the shape of a Tikki and made them on a nonstick griddle . I served them with Ulte Tawe ki Roti along with onions and mint chutney . The roti turned out very soft , unlike the maida rotis that turn rubbery . The recipe for the parathas shall follow soon.
It is interesting to note how this is made into a roll , the roti is placed on a flat surface , a layer of chutney is applied , then the kebab is smashed on the roti , some onions and chat masala are thrown in and the roti is wrapped up into a roll .
This makes them into a perfect indulging snack with drinks or with tea. In fact I don’t mind eating these as my dinner . We can also pack these for picnics or travel , they are a perfect Protein Rich meal .
1 cup soya granules
3/4 cup split bengal gram
1 small boiled potato , mashed
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp chilly paste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp shahi jeera
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 ” piece cinnamon
Wash and soak the channa daal for 4-6 hours.
Soak the soya granules in hot water for 15 minutes . Make sure the pot is covered .
Roast the spices and make a fine powder.
Drain the channa dal and grind to a paste.
Drain the soya granules water , squeeze out all the excess moisture and mince it in a grinder .
Heat oil .
Add the minced soya and roast till the raw smell goes away .
Add the daal paste to the roasted soya and roast till there is no moisture .
Add ginger, garlic , chilly paste.
Add the mashed potato.
Now add the red chilly powder ,lemon juice , salt and spice powder .
Roast for a minute , at this point you can add a tsp of extra oil .
Check for spices and adjust according to taste.
Remove from fire , let cool.
Make sure that everything is combined well.
Pinch out balls to make flat , slightly thick cakes .
Roast on a non stick griddle and serve with onions and mint chutney .
From the streets of Lucknow