Cooking with Shruti
Shruti Chhajer Ranka, director of the beautiful jewellery brand, SHRUTI SUSHMA, has a real eye for beauty. Always elegantly jewelled (but, of course!) she and her mother, Sushma, are passionate jewellery designers, infusing royal designs with contemporary feels.
Her talent for making fancy dishes in a few easy steps is incredible. She can make a killer loaf of bread, homemade granola and travel far and wide for the perfect crisp salad. Check out her awesome recipe for healthy soy patties, great to snack on or serve as a side dish.
Learn more about Shruti below.
10 Questions with Shruti
Day Job: Director at SHRUTI SUSHMA
Lives in: Bangalore
In the kitchen, I cannot live without: 100 per cent well-stocked pantry! Sea salt and cinnamon.
Current food obsession: Zoodles & Roasted Vegetables
If I could cook for anyone: Our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi! He works very hard!
A traditional family dinner is: A salad, lentil, seasonal sautéed vegetables, rice/roti
Go-to comfort food: Hummus
Would love to travel to: Anywhere in Europe
Currently reading: The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
My motto: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
Shruti’s Recipe for Soy Patties
I don’t have the time to cook on a daily basis, but love trying on different recipes that is quick, easy and delicious! However I don’t like being in the kitchen for too long so I like a well-stocked pantry and also have a checklist in place before I enter the kitchen (because I don’t like to start cooking without all the ingredients). Being a vegetarian, my husband and I try to keep a check on our protein intake and these soy patties fit perfectly.
These are perfect for someone who likes clean healthy eating and believes healthy food can be tasty as well. A perfect warm protein snack!
Serves/Yields: 6 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins
1 ½ cups soy chunks
1 medium onion
5 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger piece
2 tbsp chickpea flour
3 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
3 tsp olive oil + more for grilling
Mint + coriander chutney
Soak the soy chunks for 10 minutes in hot water. Squeeze the water out of the soy chunks and grind until coarse
Grind onion garlic ginger in a blender keep aside
In a pan heat the olive oil.
Sauté the onion-garlic paste until brown, and then add garam masala, chili powder, turmeric and salt and stir to cook.
Add soy chunks to the mixture and combine to coat with the masala.
Stir in chickpea flour, and then the hot water to thicken the mixture into a dough-like consistency.
Cook for 5 more minutes before adding the coriander leaves.
Turn off the stove and let the mixture.
Once the dough has cooled completely, divide the mixture into 6 balls and roll them into patties.
Heat a non-stick pan, coat with a brush of olive oil and grill the patties on both sides for a few minutes.
Serve with mint and coriander chutney.
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