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Vegan Chicken Kondattam – Vegan Richa

a plate of vegan chicken kondattam

Vegan Chicken Kondattam – Vegan Richa

Try my Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on a popular crispy spicy Indian chicken dish from the state of Kerala that uses marinated and baked soy curls instead of fried  chicken. Soy-free alternative added. Gluten-free nutfree recipe

a plate of vegan chicken kondattam

Bringing you a regional fave! This spicy crispy Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on the popular version from Kerala. Make it as spicy as you like!

Chicken kondattam is a spicy dish from the state of Kerala. Traditionally, for this dish, chicken is marinated in a fiery red marinade and then fried. Then it is tossed with thick sauce of dried chilies, curry leaves, ground spices, and Indian red chili powder or Kashmiri chili powder.

This plant-based version uses soaked soycurls instead of chicken. Just like the original recipe, we marinate the soy curls in a spicy red marinade but we bake them instead of frying. While the soy curls are baking, we prepare that signature spicy and delicious gravy.

Once the soy curls are baked we toss them in the gravy which is all glossy and shiny thanks to a quick cornstarch slurry. Done, you’ve made dinner.

overhead shot of a frying pan with vegan chicken kondattam

This dish can be served as a starter but I usually serve it for lunch or dinner with rice to tone down the heat . It can be quickly made at home whenever you crave a restaurant-style take-out. You can use other proteins such as seitan or tofu here. Or use cauliflower!

I happened upon this dish while researching on the various restaurant style chikin dishes to veganize. If you are wondering why try these vegan versions? 1. To show that you don’t need the meat in these delicious sauces 2. Many people try vegan diet not because they don’t like meat or animal products, it’s because they don’t like the suffering, pain and death needed to produce it. In the 13 years since we’ve been vegan, we go through phases of wanting more meaty foods, or more veggie and bean foods. It changes and having these options adds flavorful variety to the menu! Try this fiery kerala style chikin fry!

vegan chicken kondattam with soy curls in a small white bowl

Who you will love this vegan soy curls kondattam

  • It’s another fantastic way to use soy curls
  • its crispy spicy fiery and delicious!
  • it’s gluten-free and nutfree
  • you can make it with other protein like tofu, or seitan!
  • get adventurous with cooking not so known regional Indian recipes!

More soycurl recipes:

side view of a bowl of vegan chicken kondattam

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Vegan Chicken Kondattam

Try my Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on a popular spicy crispy fiery classic dish from the state of kerala. Soycurls marinated in a spicy chili marinade, baked then tossed with a fragrant spicy sauce. Serve this with rice or add it as a filling to tacos! Gluten-free Nut-free

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time45 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: kerala chicken fry, vegan chicken fry, vegan soycurl recipe

Servings: 2

Calories: 354kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (115 g) soycurls
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar or use lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or use paprika
  • 1/4 spoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 dried red chilies, Indian or cayenne for hot , california red or Kashmiri chilies for mild or use kondattam mulaku chilies
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 green chilies slit into 2-4 long slices each
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or use paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala or ground coriander or both
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1/2 Cup water plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch or tapioca starch

Instructions

  • Soak the soycurls in warm 1 1/2 cups of broth or water for 10 minutes or so. Then drain the soycurls but reserve the water to use later.

  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and vinegar to the drained soy curls and toss well. Then add in the spices and mix in. Then add the cornstarch and add well to coat.

  • Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit(206 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

  • For the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the dried chilies and curry leaves and mix. (For additional heat, break open one of the chilies or add 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes. Do not do this if your heat preference is low)

  • Then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies and toss well. Add a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion is golden.

  • Then add in the Kashmiri chili powder and Garam masala and coriander if using.

  • Then add in the ketchup, soy sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil.

  • Mix the cornstarch in 1/2 cup of water or use 1/2 cup of the reserved soycurl water/broth. Then add to the skillet and bring to a boil.

  • Then add the baked soycurls and toss well to coat.

  • Take off heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately over rice or with flatbread.

Notes

 Soy-free: use an alternate vegan chicken substitute, which is not soy-based like seitan. You don’t need to soak the seitan, you can just marinate it and use. Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
Protein subs: other proteins like Tofu, seitan, chickpea tofu or chickpeas can be used. Or use cauliflower. 
Less heat: Use less of the Kashmiri chili powder, use just 1 dried chili. If using paprika, use the sweet and less hot variety. Some paprikas can be quite hot. 
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Chicken Kondattam

Amount Per Serving

Calories 354
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 637mg28%

Potassium 370mg11%

Carbohydrates 44g15%

Fiber 13g54%

Sugar 17g19%

Protein 25g50%

Vitamin A 1775IU36%

Vitamin C 155mg188%

Calcium 231mg23%

Iron 7mg39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

overhead shot of a frying pan with vegan chicken kondattam

Ingredients:

  • soy curls – soaked in broth or water for 10 minutes or so. If you cannot get any, use seitan or other chicken subs or use tofu! See tips for alternatives.
  • the marinade is made with a blend of Kashmiri chili powder, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, pepper, vinegar, cornstarch and oil mixed with water
  •  for the sauce, dried chilies and curry leaves and fried in oil to get the flavor started
  • onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies are added to the sauce for heat and umami
  • ground spices: Kashmiri chili powder, Garam Masala and coriander are added
  • ketchup adds sweetness and body
  • soy sauce or tamari is added for saltiness
  • a cornstarch slurry is added right in the end to thicken the sauce

Tips:

  • Soy curls are available easily in the US. They are not the same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. They are made with whole non-gmo soybeans and you can find them in some stores or order them online on amazon or butlerfoods.com. There are similar options in other countries that have different names. You don’t want to use the very meaty soy chunks but the thinner chicken-like alternatives if available.
  • To make this soy-free, you can use your favorite vegan chicken substitute, which is not soy-based, like seitan. You don’t need to soak the seitan, you can just marinate it and use. And use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce
  • This dish tastes best when served warm and fresh out of the frying pan.

ingredients needed for making vegan chicken kondattam

How to make Vegan Chicken Kondattam

soaked soycurls being mixed with spices in a white bowl

Soak the soy curls in warm 1 1/2 cups of broth or water for 10 minutes or so. Then drain the soycurls but reserve the water to use later.

soy curls being mixed with dried spices in a white bowl

For the marinade, add the ginger garlic paste and vinegar to the drained soy curls and toss well. Then add in the spices and mix in. Then add the cornstarch and add well to coat.

cornstarch being sprinkled over marinated soy curls in a white bowl

marinated soy curls in a white bowl

Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit(206 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

marinated soy curl on a baking sheet

For the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the dried chilies and curry leaves and mix.

chilies and curry leaves in a black skillet

ginger, garlic, curry leaves and chilies in a black sauteeing pan

Then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies and toss well. Add a pinch of salt.

onion and other spices in a black sauteeing pan

onion, ginger and garlic frying in a sauteeing pan with curry leaves and chilies

sauteed spices, ginger, onion and garlic in a sauteeing pan

Cook until the onion is golden. Then add in the Kashmiri chili powder and Garam masala or coriander if using.

chili powder being added to a frying pan sauteed garlic and onions

 

base sauce for vegan chicken kondattam in a sauteeing pan

vegan chicken kondattam sauce in a black frying pan

Then add in the ketchup, soy sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil. Mix the cornstarch in 1/2 cup of water or use 1/2 cup of the reserved soy curl water /broth. Then add to the skillet and bring to a boil.

broth being added to thin out chili gravy in a frying pan for chicken kondattam recipe.

Then add the baked soy curls and toss well to coat.

soycurls being added to chili gravy for making vegan chicken kondattam

Take off the heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately over rice or with flatbread.

spicy baked soycurls simmering in chili marinade in a black sauteeing pan

Turn these into tacos

I also like to make my tacos or sandwiches with this because they’re quite spicy.

You can add to tacos on top with some coleslaw or add some pickled onion, carrots, and cucumber as the sweet and sour pickling goes really well with this.

You can also add in some cheese if you’re making tacos or sandwiches with this.

side view of a plate of vegan chicken kondattam served with lime slices

 

Vegan Chicken Kondattam

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Vegan Chicken Kondattam – Vegan Richa

a plate of vegan chicken kondattam

Vegan Chicken Kondattam – Vegan Richa

Try my Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on a popular crispy spicy Indian chicken dish from the state of Kerala that uses marinated and baked soy curls instead of fried  chicken. Soy-free alternative added. Gluten-free nutfree recipe

a plate of vegan chicken kondattam

Bringing you a regional fave! This spicy crispy Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on the popular version from Kerala. Make it as spicy as you like!

Chicken kondattam is a spicy dish from the state of Kerala. Traditionally, for this dish, chicken is marinated in a fiery red marinade and then fried. Then it is tossed with thick sauce of dried chilies, curry leaves, ground spices, and Indian red chili powder or Kashmiri chili powder.

This plant-based version uses soaked soycurls instead of chicken. Just like the original recipe, we marinate the soy curls in a spicy red marinade but we bake them instead of frying. While the soy curls are baking, we prepare that signature spicy and delicious gravy.

Once the soy curls are baked we toss them in the gravy which is all glossy and shiny thanks to a quick cornstarch slurry. Done, you’ve made dinner.

overhead shot of a frying pan with vegan chicken kondattam

This dish can be served as a starter but I usually serve it for lunch or dinner with rice to tone down the heat . It can be quickly made at home whenever you crave a restaurant-style take-out. You can use other proteins such as seitan or tofu here. Or use cauliflower!

I happened upon this dish while researching on the various restaurant style chikin dishes to veganize. If you are wondering why try these vegan versions? 1. To show that you don’t need the meat in these delicious sauces 2. Many people try vegan diet not because they don’t like meat or animal products, it’s because they don’t like the suffering, pain and death needed to produce it. In the 13 years since we’ve been vegan, we go through phases of wanting more meaty foods, or more veggie and bean foods. It changes and having these options adds flavorful variety to the menu! Try this fiery kerala style chikin fry!

vegan chicken kondattam with soy curls in a small white bowl

Who you will love this vegan soy curls kondattam

  • It’s another fantastic way to use soy curls
  • its crispy spicy fiery and delicious!
  • it’s gluten-free and nutfree
  • you can make it with other protein like tofu, or seitan!
  • get adventurous with cooking not so known regional Indian recipes!

More soycurl recipes:

side view of a bowl of vegan chicken kondattam

Print Recipe

Vegan Chicken Kondattam

Try my Vegan Chicken Kondattam – a vegan spin on a popular spicy crispy fiery classic dish from the state of kerala. Soycurls marinated in a spicy chili marinade, baked then tossed with a fragrant spicy sauce. Serve this with rice or add it as a filling to tacos! Gluten-free Nut-free

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time45 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: kerala chicken fry, vegan chicken fry, vegan soycurl recipe

Servings: 2

Calories: 354kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (115 g) soycurls
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar or use lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or use paprika
  • 1/4 spoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 dried red chilies, Indian or cayenne for hot , california red or Kashmiri chilies for mild or use kondattam mulaku chilies
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 green chilies slit into 2-4 long slices each
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder or use paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala or ground coriander or both
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1/2 Cup water plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch or tapioca starch

Instructions

  • Soak the soycurls in warm 1 1/2 cups of broth or water for 10 minutes or so. Then drain the soycurls but reserve the water to use later.

  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and vinegar to the drained soy curls and toss well. Then add in the spices and mix in. Then add the cornstarch and add well to coat.

  • Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit(206 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

  • For the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the dried chilies and curry leaves and mix. (For additional heat, break open one of the chilies or add 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes. Do not do this if your heat preference is low)

  • Then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies and toss well. Add a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion is golden.

  • Then add in the Kashmiri chili powder and Garam masala and coriander if using.

  • Then add in the ketchup, soy sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil.

  • Mix the cornstarch in 1/2 cup of water or use 1/2 cup of the reserved soycurl water/broth. Then add to the skillet and bring to a boil.

  • Then add the baked soycurls and toss well to coat.

  • Take off heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately over rice or with flatbread.

Notes

 Soy-free: use an alternate vegan chicken substitute, which is not soy-based like seitan. You don’t need to soak the seitan, you can just marinate it and use. Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
Protein subs: other proteins like Tofu, seitan, chickpea tofu or chickpeas can be used. Or use cauliflower. 
Less heat: Use less of the Kashmiri chili powder, use just 1 dried chili. If using paprika, use the sweet and less hot variety. Some paprikas can be quite hot. 
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Chicken Kondattam

Amount Per Serving

Calories 354
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 637mg28%

Potassium 370mg11%

Carbohydrates 44g15%

Fiber 13g54%

Sugar 17g19%

Protein 25g50%

Vitamin A 1775IU36%

Vitamin C 155mg188%

Calcium 231mg23%

Iron 7mg39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

overhead shot of a frying pan with vegan chicken kondattam

Ingredients:

  • soy curls – soaked in broth or water for 10 minutes or so. If you cannot get any, use seitan or other chicken subs or use tofu! See tips for alternatives.
  • the marinade is made with a blend of Kashmiri chili powder, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, pepper, vinegar, cornstarch and oil mixed with water
  •  for the sauce, dried chilies and curry leaves and fried in oil to get the flavor started
  • onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies are added to the sauce for heat and umami
  • ground spices: Kashmiri chili powder, Garam Masala and coriander are added
  • ketchup adds sweetness and body
  • soy sauce or tamari is added for saltiness
  • a cornstarch slurry is added right in the end to thicken the sauce

Tips:

  • Soy curls are available easily in the US. They are not the same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. They are made with whole non-gmo soybeans and you can find them in some stores or order them online on amazon or butlerfoods.com. There are similar options in other countries that have different names. You don’t want to use the very meaty soy chunks but the thinner chicken-like alternatives if available.
  • To make this soy-free, you can use your favorite vegan chicken substitute, which is not soy-based, like seitan. You don’t need to soak the seitan, you can just marinate it and use. And use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce
  • This dish tastes best when served warm and fresh out of the frying pan.

ingredients needed for making vegan chicken kondattam

How to make Vegan Chicken Kondattam

soaked soycurls being mixed with spices in a white bowl

Soak the soy curls in warm 1 1/2 cups of broth or water for 10 minutes or so. Then drain the soycurls but reserve the water to use later.

soy curls being mixed with dried spices in a white bowl

For the marinade, add the ginger garlic paste and vinegar to the drained soy curls and toss well. Then add in the spices and mix in. Then add the cornstarch and add well to coat.

cornstarch being sprinkled over marinated soy curls in a white bowl

marinated soy curls in a white bowl

Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit(206 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

marinated soy curl on a baking sheet

For the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the dried chilies and curry leaves and mix.

chilies and curry leaves in a black skillet

ginger, garlic, curry leaves and chilies in a black sauteeing pan

Then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies and toss well. Add a pinch of salt.

onion and other spices in a black sauteeing pan

onion, ginger and garlic frying in a sauteeing pan with curry leaves and chilies

sauteed spices, ginger, onion and garlic in a sauteeing pan

Cook until the onion is golden. Then add in the Kashmiri chili powder and Garam masala or coriander if using.

chili powder being added to a frying pan sauteed garlic and onions

 

base sauce for vegan chicken kondattam in a sauteeing pan

vegan chicken kondattam sauce in a black frying pan

Then add in the ketchup, soy sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil. Mix the cornstarch in 1/2 cup of water or use 1/2 cup of the reserved soy curl water /broth. Then add to the skillet and bring to a boil.

broth being added to thin out chili gravy in a frying pan for chicken kondattam recipe.

Then add the baked soy curls and toss well to coat.

soycurls being added to chili gravy for making vegan chicken kondattam

Take off the heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately over rice or with flatbread.

spicy baked soycurls simmering in chili marinade in a black sauteeing pan

Turn these into tacos

I also like to make my tacos or sandwiches with this because they’re quite spicy.

You can add to tacos on top with some coleslaw or add some pickled onion, carrots, and cucumber as the sweet and sour pickling goes really well with this.

You can also add in some cheese if you’re making tacos or sandwiches with this.

side view of a plate of vegan chicken kondattam served with lime slices

 

Vegan Chicken Kondattam