My Spicy Kitchen

Collection of my Recipes…

Soya Nuggets Curry October 9, 2010

I am not a big fan of soya nuggets and these nuggets are strangers in my kitchen. However, I like soya granules and cook it once in a while. The reason I don’t particular like soya nuggets is, no matter how much spice I add to it, it always tastes bland and I also do not like the texture of nuggets. I have eaten soya nuggets at my relatives places and it tasted fine. I tried following their recipe but cooking good soya nuggets just wasn’t my cup of tea! I normally soak the nuggets in boiling water, squeeze out all the water from the nuggets and cook it along with a vegetable such as spinach or beans.  No matter how I cooked, it never appealed to my taste buds.

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Edamame August 31, 2008

I did not participate in last months JFI event and this month, I could not make up my mind on what to send. First I thought of tofu. I am not a big fan of tofu, but I do eat it.  However, I don’t cook it very much at home, because I am the only one who ends up eating it. Then I thought of Soya chunks. This is not a regular food in my kitchen either. I have eaten it at my relatives and friends places, but whenever I cook it at home, it never turns out good. I use to get the soya chunks in a plastic bag, which doesn’t have cooking directions. So this time, I bought Nutrela soya chunks, which has cooking directions on the box. I followed the directions and cooked it couple of times. I once added it to beans stir fry and was good. The second time around, I added it to spinach and wanted to blog about it. I took the pictures but, for some reason, I didn’t feel like putting it in my blog. So, I was back to square one, and nothing to send to Sia for JFI – Soya.

Two three days ago, when at the frozen section in a grocery store, edamame caught my eyes. That suddenly reminded me of Edamame at Nobu, a Japanese restaurant in midtown Manhattan. They steam or boil the soya pods in salted water and serve it as an appetizer.  Edamame is served as an appetizer in most of the Japanese restaurants and that was the first time I have been to one. I usually avoid Japanese cuisine, because the first thing that comes to my mind is sushi and I don’t like sushi.  Anyway, I picked up the edamame from the freezer section and knew what my entry would be for Sia. Edamame is young Soya bean inside a Soya Pod.


Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1-2

  • ½ lb Edamame
  • Salt to taste
  • Boil 3-4 cups of water in a sauce pan. Once water boils, add salt and soya pods and boil it for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the water and serve hot or cold as a snack or an appetizer.
  • Split the pod, eat the soya beans and discard the pod.

This quick, easy, tasty and healthy edamame is making its entry into JFI: Soya hosted by Sia. JFI is a monthly food event started by Indira of Mahanandi.