Sunday, 20 January 2013

Soya Chunks Rice

1 cup of Soya chunks
2 cups of Basmati rice
4 cups of boiled water (for rice)
2 green chillies
Garam masala ( 5-6 peppercorns, 4-6 cloves, 2 bay leaves, 1 star anise,1 inch cinnamon stick)
Biryani masala 1-2 tsp (as required)
Salt as per taste
Fresh Pudina leaves 1 tbs (alternatively use pudina chutney)
3 medium size onions (pureed)
2 medium size tomatoes (pureed)
Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
Oil 3 Tbs
Coriander leaves for garnish

  1. Soak Basmati rice in water for about 1/2 hr. Drain out water and keep it aside for later use
  2. Cook the soya chunks as per the instructions on the packet. Add little salt while cooking the chunks. Drain out the water from the chunks
  3. Make onion puree by grinding the onions in a blender.
  4. Boil the tomates and peel the skin and make puree using a blender.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai and add the whole garam masala and and slit green chillies. After it starts leaving the aroma add ginger garlic paste and onion puree. Saute for 5-8 minutes or till onion starts leaving oil from sides. Add the tomato puree and saute it for 5 minutes. Keep stirring continuously and do not let this masala burn. Add soya chunks and pudina leaves (in case you are using pudina chutney add it at this stage) and stir well. Add the biryani masala.
  6. Add rice, salt, four cups of water and stir well. Cover and cook until the rice is done on slow flame. Stir once a while . (If you are using a pressure cooker to cook the rice, wait till 4 whistles, seam the flame cook till 2 more minutes)
  7. After the rice is cooked well add coriander leaves as garnish. Serve with boondi raita

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