Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Soya chunks biryani

Soya chunks are great substitute for meat. It is high in proteins and is suitable for vegans. Here goes the recipe...

Basmati rice - 5 cups
Onions - 3 nos
Tomatoes - 2 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Chilly powder - 3 tbsp
Soya chunks - 2 cups
Yogurt - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1/2 tsp
Dried plums with pits - 2 nos
veg stock cube - 1 nos
Screw pines or Kewra/ketaki flower( optional ) - just for flavour
Food colors (optional) or saffron strands - 1 pinch
Salt for taste
Ghee - 1 cup

Soak soya chunks in hot water, drain water. Again soak in hot water, and then drain.Repeat the process till the smell is gone and keep the soya chunks aside. Soak basmati rice for 30 min then cook it in hot boiling water along with salt until its almost done (not fully cooked), strain water using a colander and keep the rice aside. In a wok, Add 1/2 cup ghee, when hot add all the whole spices like cloves, cardamom, Cinnamon, bay leaves, mace, aniseed, kewra and stir till the aroma is released. Now add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a min. Add turmeric powder, and chilly powder and stir for 1/2 min. Now add tomatoes along with coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder, dried plums with pits and veg stock cube and cook till oil separates. Now add all the soya chunks, yogurt, lime juice, enough salt and cook till it done (can add little water if required). Just see that the masala is dry and the ghee is floating on top. Now this is done. Take a baking try, grease it with ghee and spread a layer of rice, top it with a layer of masala, then again a layer of rice, then masala, then finally cover with rice and pour the remaining ghee all over it. Pour some colored water if you wish your biryani to be colorful. Cover with aluminium foil and bake at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degree Fahrenheit for 15 min and its done. Garnish with fried onions, cashews, saffron etc. Serve hot with raitha

Wash soya chunks in hot water until the smell is completely gone for best results.
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  1. Rach, I love soya chunks..this sounds great..very healthy briyani:-)

  2. After seeing your prawn noodles, the soy chunks also looks just like prawns for me, delicious looking, colourful briyani.

  3. Thanks Umm :) But this was soya chunks itself, I made this cause I was feeling like having biryani :)

  4. I love Soya Chunks and these looks so perfect!

  5. very yummy n healthy biriyani rach.....looks awesome...
    yesterday what ever u said that is 100% correct ,health is first if i am healthy then only my family will healthy n happy..

  6. Very healthy and delicious biryani..

  7. Hi rach, soya chunks biryani looks so yet to try soya chunks, have never made it at home to try your biryani...looks too good

  8. biriyani luks so delicious with nic color... very healthy biriyani ... different too

  9. briyani luks fantastic,very tempting also...

  10. Delicious and healthy biryani..looks too good..will surely try this one.

  11. That is one wonderful looking biryani, what a beautiful color :)

  12. soya chunks biryani..sounds very innovative..looks the color of biryani..too good..

  13. Yummyilicious briyani looks fantastic..

  14. biryani looks delicious. using soya chunks is absolutely innovative

  15. i had come online rach may be 15 min late, didnt you get my msg...anyways v ll chat some other time, have a nice day shopping

  16. one of my Fav..looks so perfect and yummy!!

  17. Thanks Sush :) Sure will chat later :)

  18. Hey Rach....sent u several msg...i dont know if u received them.....jst wanted to get info @ the award..that you passed it on to me... i knw..its a bit late..but still....let me knw...if i have to post the award pic on my blog...also...if I can coy paste it from you blog...also which one to copy....coz i see only thank you...for the lemme knw...which award ...pls....waiting for ur reply....n how come no new post today??????????


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