Monday, May 26, 2014

Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe | Soya Chunks Recipes

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soya chunks biryani
I love Pulaos and Biryanis for the fact that they are one pot meal and can be prepared quickly,while few Biryani recipes are bit complicated and time consuming. I reserve the Dum Biryanis for occasions and always adopt a simple one pot pressure cooker method for daily basis. These kind of one pot dishes are ideal for lunch box or for a week end lunch.
nutrela biryani
 I usually add soya chunks even to my vegetable pulaos but in moderate amounts. Soya chunks is also known as 'Nutrela' or 'Meal Maker'.Soya chunks has meaty texture and is a very good source of proteins for vegetarians, hence I include it in many of the gravies and pulaos on daily basis. As Soya chunks are bland in taste you need to spice it up a bit but they observe the flavours beautifully and make the dish delicious. We get soya chunks in two sizes and I prefer to use the mini soya chunks over the bigger ones. I follow more or less a similar recipe for most of my one pot biryanis and love the flavourful outcome all the time. Pair it with Onion-Tomato raita and papad and enjoy the delicious meal with your family.
meal maker biryani
soya chunks biryani

Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe:
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Pulao/Biryani - Main Course

1 heaped cup Basmati rice
3/4 cup mini Soya Chunks
1/3 cup fresh/frozen Green peas
2 cups Coconut Milk(medium consistency,see notes)
1 large Onion,finely sliced
1 tsp Biryani Masala or 1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
few mint leaves
1 Bayleaf
1/2" Cinnamon
2 Cloves
1 Cardamom, slightly crushed
1 tsp Shahjeera(black Cumin seeds)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee

to grind:
1 Tomato,chopped
2 Green chillies
1/4 cup Mint leaves
1/8 cup Coriander leaves
4-5 Garlic pods
3/4" Ginger,chopped
1/2" Cinnamon
2 Cloves
1 tsp Fennel seeds(saunf)

  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under 'to grind' to a smooth paste and keep it aside. 
  • Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 10 mins.
  • Boil 2-3 cups of water in a vessel and add soya chunks and boil for 2-3 minutes or immerse in hot water for 7-8 mins.Drain them and drop them again in cold water and squeeze them and repeat the cold bath once again and squeeze them and keep aside.This process ensures to remove the raw smell from soya chunks. 
  • Heat oil and ghee in a cooker and add bayleaf followed by shahjeera, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon and fry for half a minute. 
  • Add sliced onions and fry well until they turn pink color.
  • Add green peas and boiled and squeezed soya chunks and fry well for a minute. 
  • Now add ground masala and fry well for 2-3 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  • Now add turmeric powder, red chili powder or Garam masala(or biryani masala) and fry for a minute again.
  • Add soaked and drained basmati rice and fry for a minute until the moisture in the rice dries.Do not roast for long as the rice would break.
  • Add coconut milk to it, mint leaves and salt and bring it to a boil and cover it and pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer it for 7-8 mins.Switch it off and let the pressure drops on its own.Fluff up the rice with a fork.
Serve it hot with Tomato-Onion raita and papad.
soya chunks biryani
  • If you use tinned Coconut milk which is of thick consistency you can dilute 1 cup of coconut milk with 1 cup of water to get 2 cups of thin coconut milk.You can even mix coconut milk powder in hot water to get the desired consistency as mentioned on the pack.
  • You can use water instead of coconut milk in the recipe. In that case I recommend you to add 2 tbsp beaten curd before adding water and fry slightly.
  • Along with soya chunks,you can add vegetables like carrots, beans, potatoes, cauliflower, capsicum and reduce the quantity of soya chunks in the recipe.
soya chunks biryani


Most Savory Recipes! said...

yummy recipe ! thank you

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy one pot meal.. simple recipe too

Unknown said...

Beautiful biryani Prathy! A good way of adding protein to your rice dishes.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious

anita menon said...

I literally take prints or bookmark every recipe of yours to try because I am sure its going to come out well.

Rafeeda AR said...

that is a really flavorful biriyani... sounds so yum...

Unknown said...

delicious biryani looking very flavourful

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Shaloo Verma said...

Hi Pratibha, I have a suggestion. Deep fry long cut onions to slightly more than golden brown, in good quantity. Sprinkle these over cooked biryani and cover the same so the flavour of these fried onions is absorbed by the rice. This highly enhances the aroma and flavour of soya biryani.

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