Soya Vegetable Biryani | Soya Chunks Biryani Rice ~ Step by Step Recipe | Lunch Box Recipes

>>  Friday, November 25, 2011

I remember Meal Maker from childhood, those soya chunks made frequent appearance in many of the dishes that Amma made. Those were the days when I was eating meat and remember the meal maker soya chunks being included in all vegetable biryanis and gravies. Since it tasted and looked very much like meat, it made a great impact on many of us. I am not sure why Amma stopped using this in her cooking.

It's been almost 20 years or more since I have last seen it being used in our home. Of course this time it was me who was cooking. I remembered this again after seeing my office cook using it in her famous Vegetable Biryani. She makes one awesome biryani and adding these soya chunks makes everybody assume it to be a non veg biryani and enjoy it even more.

Talking to hubby dear about protein and how important it is to include in our diet, when he was recently on a veg diet, he wanted me to get these soya chunks for him. After buying a packet of these soya chunks, I naturally wanted to see the different ways I can include. The first one would obviously be the vegetable rice. And that's what I made. Looking back, maybe I added more in my enthusiasm. Also I assumed my boys will not find out the difference but I was wrong. They knew it right away that it wasn't meat and wouldn't eat it. So in the end hubby dear ended up eating the major part of the soya.

Soya Vegetable Biryani 

Ingredients needed:

For the Soya Chunks

Soya - 1 cup
Water - 4 cups
Salt a pinch

For the Rice:

Short grain Rice / Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onions, chopped as julinne - 1/2 cup
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Green Chilles - 4 nos
Mixed Vegetables, chopped - 1 cup (Carrot, Beans Potatoes)
Water - 1 & 3/4 cups
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Mint Leaves - handful
Coriander leaves - handful
Coriander Leaves - for garnishing
Garam Masala - 1 pinch

Whole Spices

Bay Leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 2
Cardomon - 1
Javatri -
Anise Star - 1

How to make Soya Chunk Biryani.

Take the soya in enough water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Drain the water and keep the soya chunks aside. You may have to check if it's cooked or not. Else cook again.

For the Rice.

Clean and soak rice for 15 mins in water. Wash and prep the vegetables and keep it aside.

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add all the whole spices. Saute well, then add the onions, Green Chillies. Sauté till the onions become brown in colour.

Then add ginger garlic paste. Fry for 1 min, then add the mint leaves, coriander leaves. After that add chopped tomatoes, salt, chilli powder, saute well till mushy.

Next goes the Vegetables, salt and chilli powder. Fry for 5 mins with lid covered.

Now add the drained soya chunks, saute well and simmer for 5 mins. Let the soya get mixed well with the masalas.

Once the soya looks done, add the water, bring to boil. When the water starts rolling, add drained rice and cover. Simmer till the cook is cooked well.

It takes about 10 - 15 mins for the rice and the vegetables to get cooked well. When it's almost done, add the ghee and cover again.

Keep it in the vessel for 5 to 10 mins, so that it gets settled down.

Serve with Onion raita.

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veena krishnakumar November 25, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

I love the addition of meal maker too!!!!my mom used to make this....looks delkicious

Priya November 25, 2011 at 11:08 PM  

Yum,yum..flavourful nutritious briyani, would love to have for my Sunday lunch.

vaishali sabnani November 25, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

This is a regular feature in our home...we add the granules along with the chunks.....

PJ November 26, 2011 at 2:37 AM  

Reminds me of our college canteen where this briyani used to be featured on alternate days. We loved it :)

Pavani November 26, 2011 at 5:04 AM  

Yummy biryani. Love the addition of soy chunks.

vidhas November 26, 2011 at 6:56 AM  

Love to add soya. i used to add in subzi aso. yummy biriyani.

Kaveri November 26, 2011 at 7:21 AM  

Though Soya is known to be protein packed..somehow I don't like its use in any of the dishes...But the look of your biriyani sure tempts me a lot.

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Kalyani November 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

I make it the same way too ! Although my daughter doesnt prefer the chunks, so use the granules

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Suma Gandlur November 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

Lovely biryani. Luckily everyone loves soy chunks at home. If I let my husband cook, he adds it to all dishes ranging from upma to sambhar. :) LOL

Neha November 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Looks yummy, and easy to make..

Gayathri Kumar November 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM  

Very delicious and protien packed biryani...

Nalini's Kitchen November 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

Healthy and tempting biriyani,perfectly done,feel like garbbing the plate.

Aarthi November 26, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

love this briyani

Vardhini November 26, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

Love soya chunks .. rice looks yummy. You could link to the soy event in my space if interested.

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Cool Lassi(e) November 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM  

A nutritious fare!

Archana November 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

hey this is great. i remember making some kind of kadahi with meal maker.

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saffronstreaks November 27, 2011 at 10:57 PM  

this one is most loved veggie biryani..and as you said..mealmakers...sounds nostalgic..

rajani December 2, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

You can try adding soya chunks in gravies, that's the way my kid likes it. Or better, make a powder of it and add it to wheat flour while making chapatis. They won't know its there, but they will get the nutrition!

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