Just the usual vegetable biryani with the inclusion protein rich soy nuggets. Ah ha !! what a way to camouflage meat. Not a great deal of taste for your taste buds nor appealing, that’s how they are and its ok to try once in while, specially if it good for you. For many its a tough job to incorporate in the daily menu as kids and even grown-ups shy away with excuses. Adding them to pulav /biryani could be a better start to introduce this to your family and then gradually add to other preparations to cut down on the meat.
|20 nos||Soya Chunks|
|3 nos||Green Chili|
|1 tsp||Ginger Garlic paste|
|1/2 cup||Fresh mint (chopped)|
|1/2 cup||Coriander (Chopped)|
|1 cup||Mixed Vegetables|
|1/2 tsp||Turmeric powder|
|1 tsp||Red chili powder|
|3 tsp||Coriander powder|
|2 tsp||Salt (or to taste)|
|2 nos||Bay leaf|
|4 inch||Cinnamon (break into small pieces)|
|5 nos||Crushed Black pepper|
|1/2 tsp||Cumin seeds|
|2 cups||Basmati Rice|
|2 cups||Coconut Milk|
You can get these Soy nuggets at any Indian or Middle-eastern grocers.
I just followed the package instruction to cook. Boil some water in a pan along with a pinch of salt and add the soy chunks to it and let it rolling boil for 5 minutes. Switch off and then let it stay for another 10 minutes.
Then drain all the water and give a nice rinse in cold water. Now you got to squeeze out all the water and keep them aside.
Soya chunks does not have much of an appealing taste so always combine them with other vegetables. My choic eof veggies are carrots, beans and green peas.
In a pan heat oil and add all the dry spices listed under table -2. Le them sizzle, then add chopped onions, slit open green chili, chopped coriander and mint leaves. Fry them for a while , add ginger garlic paste and chopped tomato. Saute until the tomatoes gets mushy. Now add the mixed veggies, soy chunks, turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Fry for couple of minutes and then switch off.
Meanwhile wash basmati rice and keep aside. At this stage you can either pick pressure cooker or rice cooker for finishing.
1. If using a pressure cooker combine rice, cooked gravy, coconut milk and water in the pan. Cook upto 2 whistles and switch off. Let the steam release, then transfer the content to a wide bowl or tray and pour melted ghee on top and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
2. I used a rice cooker instead – its the same content but relax mode.
Whichever way you cook its still going to be soy chunks biryani, get the mind set and enjoy with onion raita and colourful salad on the side.
Yield about 3-4 Adult servings. Use less chunks if its your first time.