Soya Mince Vegetarian Meatballs & Tomato Sauce

As a meat lover you can imagine my surprise when I received a gift of dry Soya Mince among other vegetarian items. I have never intentional tried to cook vegetarian food. Although I have tasted some very delicious feel good vegetarian meals. That’s why in my disbelief and surprise I was also very excited to have a try at making a vegetarian meal right of my head (or heart where I belief my passion for food resides)


Typical meatballs are soft, succulent and very beefy. So it was a challenge to work with this dry, crumbly item I had never seen before now. I have heard that Soya Mince (and other similar items) are very common in Indian vegetarian cuisines. I also once had a flat mate who cooked aromatic vegetarian meals that I sometimes could hardly tell were vegetarian meals.

So here is to expanding my food palate, see how I take this dry Soya mince to succulent meat balls.

Here’s the recipe:

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Soya Mince Meatballs & Tomato Sauce Yum
Soya Mince Meatballs in light tomato sauce
Course Main Dish
Course Main Dish
Soya Mince Meatballs in light tomato sauce
  1. In a bowl crush the crackers/hobnob into the dry soya mince and add all the dry seasonings.
  2. Whisk the eggs with the milk in another bowl and turn mix in the finely chopped ginger, garlic, onions and scent leafs.
  3. Pout the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix it altogether.
  4. Using your hands, mould the mixture into a balls (the size of a tennis ball) and place on tray.
  5. Heat the sunflower oil in a pan over medium heat until hot, place each meatballs into the oil in a batch of two and fry until golden brown on both sides whilst turning continuously.
  6. Remove the meatballs and drain excess oil in a sieve or napkin.
  7. Keep the meatballs in a refrigerator or freezer to use later.
  8. For the sauce, in a food processor or blender, purée the tomato and carrot with about 1/4 cup of water.
  9. Heat 1 Tbsp of sunflower oil in a clean pan over medium heat and fry the chopped garlic for a few seconds.
  10. Add the blended tomatoes & carrots, stir with a wooden spoon and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Season with the Suya Spice mix, chilli powder and salt.
  12. Add the Meatballs to the sauce, stir to make sure each meatball is covered in sauce and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from heat and serve.

Try it. Enjoy it. Xx

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