I feel so proud of myself for creating these homemade vegetarian soya balls. Proud because I am after turning something I have been hiding from into a delicious thing that my meat lover family was very happy to eat. It’s creative, it’s simple enough, it’s nutritious and cheap too, just half a packet of the soya mince that’s been in my press for a while. It hadn’t been used because I didn’t like what I made last time.
I decided recently to stop stockpiling food, from now on I won’t be buying until the food in the presses and fridge is used up. It reduces waste, helps me to keep the presses organised and ensures we’re eating more fresh food. Pantry staples are another matter though, I have to have my spices and such bits and pieces fully stocked or I’ll feel panic as if there’s no food in the house. Anyway, I decided it was finally time to use the unwanted soya mince. I put it to soak in the morning but I didn’t know what I was going to do. When it was time to make dinner in the afternoon I stood at the kitchen counter and starred at the soaking soya until it clicked! (Think outside the box. What else can you make with soya? burgers? no I didn’t want burgers! Sausages? I don’t know how to! Meat balls? Oh I can try!)
I tried to treat it as I would mince meat but instead of egg I used corn flour for binding . I am relieved that soya mince has found it’s place in my kitchen again. Feels good that I managed to create something that my little ones were actually asking for more of. Perhaps this could be a snack for kids’ school lunch box, Yay!
I then cooked the soya balls in a simple tomato sauce. I wish I had made some spaghetti but at that stage my rice was already cooking, actually rice turned out to be a good compliment to the nutty flavor from the soya balls and the tomato sauce. Do you have any soya mince recipes?
- [b]Soya Balls[/b]
- 2 cups of dry soya mince
- 1 tea spoon of cumin
- 1 large white onion
- sprigs of thyme and parsley
- salt and white pepper to taste
- 3-4 table spoon of cornflour
- [b]Tomato Sauce[/b]
- 1 table spoon of coconut oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes or passata
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 inch of ginger
- 1 tea spoon of smoked paprika
- 1 tea spoon of cumin
- Salt to taste
- Bunch of thyme and parsley
- Soak the soya mince in cold water for couple of hours. When you are ready to cook drain the water from the soya then squeeze to remove most of the moisture out.
- Place in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped onion, cumin, herbs, salt and pepper. Give it a good mix. Now add the cornflour and mix to make a dry dough. Take some of the mixture in the palm and squeeze to see if it binds together, if not add some more cornflour and a drop of water.
- Add some coconut oil in a frying pan. Place each balls at a time in the hot oil. Fry for between 8-10 minutes or until it’s all sealed and browned around. Remove from the pan and place aside.
- [b]Tomata sauce[/b]
- Add some more oil in the same pan. Add chopped onions and cook till translucent. Add passata, garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin and cook for about 10 minutes or till oil is bubbling on top. Place the soya balls one at a time and gently stir. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Garnish with a generous amount of fresh thyme and parsley