Soya Beans (Edamame) and Potatoes Curry (Soya bateta nu shak)

I got my first taste of green soya beans (also called Edmame beans) in Japan where they serve them boiled and cold in their pods as a starter.

I usually buy frozen soya beans from the supermarket and cook them either with potatoes or add them to other vegetables to make a mixed vegetable curry.  Today we made this  simple soya and potato curry called soya bateta nu shak.

Fresh or frozen soya beans can also be used to make kachoris.

What are soya beans?

Soya beans, soy beans or edamame beans are vibrant green, protein-rich beans commonly used in Asian Cuisine.  Soya beans are full of proteins and vitamins so great for vegetarians and vegans.

Mature Soya beans are often used to male soy milk or tofu.  They can be used for cooking too but need to soaked overnight and cooked in a pressure cooker as they take a long time to cook. so it’s a good idea to cook a large batch and freeze into small bags to use.  Once cooked, you can use them in any recipe.



Ingredients to serve 4 people:

  • 2 medium potatoes -washed and diced.
  • 2 cups of frozen soya bean
  • 1 tbls oil (Most cooking oils are fine but try and use one which is low in saturated fats and trans fats)
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chilly powder (or as required to your taste)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cummin (jeera) powder.
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • One cup of passata or any tomato products like tinned tomatoes.
  • 2 tsp lemon
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar or jaggery
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander


1. Dice the potatoes into cubes and the soak them with the frozen soya beans  in warm water.
2.  Heat the oil in a saucepan.  Add the mustard seeds and once they start popping – drain and add the diced potatoes and soya beans to the saucepan.. Add the salt, turmeric, chilly powder, sugar or jaggery and stir well.


3.  Add a cup of water to this mixture and put the lid on.  Cook this for 5 minutes on a medium heat, stir and cook for 5 more minutes. Once the potatoes soften, add the passata or tinned tomatoes, cumin powder, grated/minced garlic and lemon juice and let it cook for 5 minutes.


4. Once cooked garnish  with fresh coriander and serve the  soya beans and potato curry hot  with purischappatis, bhakriparathas, theplas, naan bread, khichedi, plain rice or even bread rolls.


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