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SOYA KHEEMA - a really tasty protein curry



Oil – 3 tbsp

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Cinnamon Stick 1 inch piece

Black Cardamom 1

Green Cardamom 2

Whole Cloves 2

Onion - 2 large, finely chopped

Ginger - 2 tbsp, minced

Garlic - 2 tbsp, minced

Green Chilies - to taste, finely chopped

Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp

Red Chili Powder - to taste

Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp

Cumin Powder – 1.5 tbsp

Tomatoes 1 large, finely chopped or puree

Tomato paste – 1 tbsp,

Black pepper, 1 tsp

Salt - to taste

Green Peas, cooked or boiled 1 cup (if using frozen soak in warm water for a minute and drain) Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Water - as required

Cilantro – 1 small bunch finely chopped


  1. In a pan heat oil on medium heat.

  2. Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, black and green cardamom, cloves,

  3. Mix onions and salt, stir well, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stirring frequently.

  4. Add garlic, ginger, stir well. Cover and cook till the onions are browned and oil separates.

  5. Add green chilies, tomatoes, and tomato paste, and mix well. Cover again and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

  6. Uncover and cook for a while till the oil separates. From now on cook uncovered.

  7. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander, black pepper, and cumin powder. Stir well.

  8. Add the soya kheema, salt to taste and a little water . Mix well. Do not add excess water as this preparation is a dry one.

  9. Add cooked green peas and garam masala powder. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes, so that any excess moisture evaporates. Then add chopped cilantro.

Serve hot with Naan/Roti/Rice

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