If you’re a Tamil vegetarian and looking for some tasty dinner ideas, look no further! We’ve put together a list of ten delicious recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and meet your dietary needs.

Recipe: Soya Chunks Curry


  • Soya chunks
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • Garam masala powder
  • Coriander leaves


  1. Boil soya chunks in water until they become soft. Squeeze out excess water from them.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and sauté onions until golden brown.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for few seconds.
  4. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste along with little water.
  5. Cook until the tomato is tender then add cooked soya chunks into it and mix well.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Cooking Time & Temperature Guidelines

Cook time: 20 minutes
Temperature: Medium Heat

My Pro-tips:

  1. To enhance the flavor of this dish, soak soya chunks in warm water mixed with salt before boiling them. It adds an extra salty flavour to the soya which works perfectly as per recipe’s requirements.

Seasoning Options:

Mint chutney or lemon juice make excellent side dishes that complement this curry well!

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:

This recipe can be made using any regular cooking pot/pan or pressure cooker.

To sum up:Soya chunks curry is a quick-and-easy yet flavorful vegetarian meal packed full of protein-rich ingredients such as soybeans etc., perfect for weeknight dinners on busy days!


Q1. What are some popular types of vegetarian curries in Tamil cuisine?
A: Some popular vegetarian curries in Tamil cuisine include sambar, rasam, aviyal, and kootu. Sambar is a lentil-based curry that typically includes vegetables like drumstick or pumpkin. Rasam is a tangy soup made with tamarind extract and spices. Aviyal is a mixed vegetable curry made with coconut and yogurt. Kootu is a dish that combines lentils and vegetables for a hearty yet healthy meal.

Q2. Can you suggest some easy-to-make vegan side dishes to accompany these dinner recipes?
A: Yes! Some simple yet delicious vegan side dishes to serve alongside these dinner recipes could be roasted vegetables (such as cauliflower or sweet potato), quinoa pilaf, sautéed spinach with garlic and lemon juice, or cucumber-tomato salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

Q3.What can I use instead of paneer in these dinner recipes if I cannot find it locally?
A: Paneer is an essential ingredient in many Indian vegetarian dishes; however, if you cannot find it locally or prefer to avoid dairy products altogether, there are several alternatives you can use instead. Tofu or tempeh make good substitutes for paneer since they have similar textures and absorb flavors well. Another option would be using cooked chickpeas or white beans as replacements for paneer; they provide protein along with mild flavor that won’t clash against the spices used in the recipe