Recipe for soya kola urundai made with soya nuggets / meal maker. Recipe for meal maker kola urundai. Easy soya nugget fritters. Step by step pictures. The fritters can be air fried for it to be a healthy.
5 cloves garlic
1/2 inch piece ginger
3 green chillies
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 red chillies
2 tablespoon fried gram (pottu kadalai)
2 tablespoon fresh shredded coconut
2 cups meal maker / soya nuggets (about 100 grams)
1 teaspoon salt for boiling the nuggets
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 sprigs curry leaves, finely chopped
3 sprigs mint leaves, finely chopped
3 sprigs coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoon poha / aval
3 tablespoon besan *see notes
1 tablespoon rice flour *see notes
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Take a mixie jar and add in the garlic, ginger, green chillies, fennel seeds, red chillies, fried gram (pottu kadalai), clove and fresh shredded coconut. Grind to a coarse powder. set aside.
Bring a big bowl of water to a rolling boil. Switch off the flame. Add 100 grams of meal maker (roughly about two cups) and the salt to hot water. Let it remain in the hot water for 15 minutes.
After the said time, strain the water. Wash the soya nuggets in cool water. Once cold, take handful of the nuggets and squeeze them to remove the water. Press well to take out as much moisture as possible. Repeat with the remaining nuggets. Make sure to squeeze out as much water as possible. Set aside.
Take in a mixie jar and add in the soya nuggets. Grind the soya to a coarse powder / paste. Some mixie might not grind properly. In that case, try to cut the soya into half and then grind. For some reason, round spherical things dont grind well. So cut into two and then grind. Grind in batches if necessary. Set aside.
Take a bowl and add in the chopped onions, curry leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Add in the salt and garam masala. Add in the coarsely ground powder.
Add in the coarsely ground meal maker / soya.
Add in the aval / poha. Aval will help in absorbing the excess moisture. Mix well to combine.
Roll the mixture into bite sized balls.
Deep Fry Method:
Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add the balls to the oil. Do not crowd the pan. Also do not touch the balls for two minutes. They are very fragile. They will break and disintegrate in oil. So after adding the balls to the hot oil, just leave it for two minutes. Do not touch, turn with a spatula. When the kolas are golden, remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Air fry Method:
Sprinkle little oil on the balls and place them in an air fryer. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degree celcius. Try turning the balls after 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle little oil again after 7-8 minutes.
If you are going to be deep frying the mixture, add in the rice flour and besan. If you are planning to air fry, you may omit adding the flours. The addition of the flour will keep the balls from disintegrating in oil when deep fried.