Soya chunks Kulambu - Soya Chunks Kuzhambu - Meal Maker kuzhambu - Side dish for rice recipe

My kids love meal maker. I always feel it tastes nice in spicy recipe. When I wanted to do puli kulambu for this weekend lunch my son asked for spicy one. So I thought of trying out with soya chunks. Soya chunks are rich in protein and fiber.. But adding these spices I am not sure whether it is healthy anymore :-). But it is definitely tasty one even if you are not comfortable with Soya chunks due to the smell this recipe might work well for you. 

Meal Maker / Soya chunks - 150 to 200 g ( I have added 200g but if you want it bit lesser you can add 150g)
Small onions / Shallots - 1 cup (sliced thinly)
Tomatoes - 1 
Garlic - 5 pods
Ginger - 1 inch
Grated coconut - 1/4 teaspoon
Cashewnuts - 10
Sambar powder / chicken masala / fish masala - 1.5 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Gingerly oil - 1 tablespoon
Black Vadagam - 1 teaspoon 
(if don't have black vadagam replace it with mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon, Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon, Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon, Fenugreek seeds - 1/8 teaspoon)
Curry leaves - 10
Red chillies - 2 (Don't add if you want less spicy)
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Tamarind - Marble size. (Soak it in warm water and make it to 3 cup tamarind water)


Boil water and salt. Add meal maker and cook it. Switch it off and drain the water. Wash it with water and squeeze out the water.  Leave it aside
Heat 2 teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add ginger, garlic and fry till slight brown color. Add onion (reserve 3 teaspoon of onion) and fry till onion is transparent. Add Tomatoes and fry till mushy. Add turmeric and sambar powder. Fry for another 2 mins. Add coconut and fry for another 1 min. 
Add soaked cashewnuts. Switch off the flame and let it cool off. Grind to smooth paste with 1/2 cup of water.
Heat rest of the oil in a pan. Add red chillies (if using), curry leaves, Black vadagam or the tempering ingredients mentioned above. Fry till the mustard seeds in pops. Add remaining onion and fry till transparent. Add grinded paste, Tamarind water and mix well. Let it boil for 2 mins. Add cooked meal maker. Mix well
Add required salt, Chilli powder and mix well. Let it boil for 3 mins.  Boil it for 10 mins or till you get desired consistency
Serve hot with steamed rice, Idli or dosa