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Soy granules look like tiny pellets, about the size of a cake decorating sprinkle. They are an excellent natural source of soy proteins, which can be used as a vegetarian, healthy and economical meat substitute. They help include the goodness of soya into your everyday diet, in tasty and interesting ways.
How to select
• Soya granules are usually available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins.
• Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness.
• Whether purchasing in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage, and that the granules are whole and not powdery.
How to Store
• Store dried soya granules in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep for up to 12 months.
• Cooked soya granules will keep fresh in the refrigerator for about three days if placed in a covered container.
• Mix soya granules into any dish to include the goodness of soya into it. It can be used in all kind of dishes - Indian, Chinese and Continental.
• Modify your Upma recipe by adding soya granules for an iron and protein boost.
• Poha made with a mixture of beaten rice and soya granules will become a hit with your family!
• Soya granules can be combined with a variety of rice dishes, curries and subzis.
• You can also spice it up with daily spices and relish it with roti, bread or rice.
• Mix sprouts and soya granules into salads or use as toppings for sandwiches.
• Add soya granules to vegetable stews and soups.
• Tacos can be stuffed with soya granules along with the gravy.
• Munch on a handful of roasted soya granules or sprinkle them on cereal, yogurt, apple sauce, etc., for a little crunch and a lot of nutrients.
• Soya granules are rich in vitamins, minerals, isoflavones and lecithin, nutrients proven to help lower cholesterol, prevent cancer and loss of bone mass.
• Soya is strongly recommended for diabetics, expectant mothers, growing children, cardiac patients, weight-watchers and the aged.
• A 100 per cent vegetarian high quality protein source that does wonders for young and old.
• Especially great for growing children, as it provides critical vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein.
• Eating more high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and soya nuggets helps to lose weight.
• Soya granules are one of the best non-fish sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
• Soy protein may provide positive results for people with high blood pressure.
• Soy protein is beneficial to women in post-menopausal years.
• Soya is low in fat and sodium, and may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Soaked soya granules
Prior soaking of soya granules eases cooking. To do this, first wash the soya granules. Then, bring water to a boil and add the soya granules. Allow it to cook for five minutes and then turn off the heat. Let it stay for 4-5 hours. Now, drain and rinse the soya granules. Soaked soya granules are now ready for use in recipes.