A60E13 – Nutri Kulcha | #Amritsar60

Amritsari Nutri Kulcha

The city, known for its spiritualness and glorious past will not let you down with its delicacies too. The true spirit of the city is found not only in its art & architecture, religious places & festivals but also in its tempting cuisine. After discussing Soya Chaap, which was our sixth episode of the Amritsar 60 series, we now bring you another spicy and tangy dish made out of soybean nuggets that is Nutri.

Nutri Kulcha
A spicy meal

Served with bread kulchas and chopped radish marinated in chutney makes it a complete meal in itself. To give the bread kulchas a spicy texture and taste, they are made to slide over the gravy of Nutri on the pan. This dish is truly going to awaken your taste buds with its lip-smacking taste.

Having soya nuggets as its main ingredient, the dish becomes a good source of protein in itself. Serving you with both spicy taste and health benefits at the same time makes it one of the most cherished dishes among Punjabis. It is so admired by the locals that even during parties and marriage functions you will find the Nutri Kulcha stall flooded with people.

Want to learn about the secret behind its acclamation? Come, have a look at how it is prepared.

How is Nutri prepared

One who has a love for Soya Nuggets will be going to relish this dish. The dish is one such vegetarian delight that your taste buds will always crave for after you will get to taste it once.

Garnished Nutri
Garnished Nutri

The ingredients used for the preparation of Nutri are not hard to find at all. Let us help you with the procedure that will assist you in cooking this healthy vegetarian delicacy.

  1. Pre heat some water in the pan and boil the soya chunks in it.
  2. After the chunks get soft and fluffy take them out of the water and drain the water in them by pressing them with a spoon.
  3. Now cut the chunks into small pieces or you can simply do that before serving the dish.
  4. So now is the time to add texture and flavors to your dish. Take a wok and add oil and butter together. Add cumin seeds to it and get them roasted without getting them burnt.
  5. Put the ground paste of tomatoes, green chilly, ginger & garlic into it. In Amritsar, some vendors even use a small quantity of finely chopped palak (spinach) which adds a smoky taste to it. Saute it for some time till the oil doesn’t get segregated.
  6. Add salt, mango powder, garam masala and soya sauce. Put the boiled chunks into the mix and blend it properly with the spatula.
  7. To make the gravy thick add a piece of butter into it and get it to melt by continuously moving the mix.
  8. Garnish the dish with finely gritted coriander and cheese. The dish is ready to be served.

The Nutri Kulcha shops or stalls in Amritsar use a turner to chop down the chunks into fine pieces before serving them. The bread kulchas are made to slide over the pan filled with gravy so that it too gets that spicy touch as that of Nutri. People in Punjab even consume Nutri with bread or as a lunch with chapatis which makes it a versatile item to eat.

Chopping of soya chunks
Turner being used to chop down the nuggets

Where can you find Nutri Kulcha

Numerous shops are there in the old city of Amritsar where you will get to taste the appetizing street food items. Though every place has a special vendor that people prioritize to others. So we are listing down some of the famous street vendors where you can experience this mouth-watering meal.

  1. Jaan Nutri Kulcha
  2. Special Nutri Kulcha near Khalsa College
  3. Chacha Poori Wala
  4. Ashok Kumar Nutri Kulcha
Street vendor
Street vendor serving Nutri Kulcha