Thursday 9 January 2014

Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe/Meal Maker Biryani/How to make Soya Chunks/Meal Maker Biryani with step by step photos

Soya chunks/Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) are defatted (fat removed) soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil (Wikipedia). Soya chunks are excellent meat substitutes, cooks quickly with protein content equal to that of meat. The soya chunks were invented by agricultural commodities and food processing company in the 1960’s.  They come in many forms like regular chunks, mini chunks or also as granules and can be used in different ways. Soya chunks are excellent source of protein which helps in body building, cell repair, building immunity and muscle growth. About 3.5 ounce of soya chunks contains 54 gms of protein. Soya chunks have high concentration of calcium and iron. Studies also show that soya chunks help in lowering cholesterol, osteoporosis, blood pressure and helps in weight loss and many more. Having said so many things about soya chunks, now let us see how to make this simple, flavourful and delicious Soya Chunks Biryani in Pressure cooker.

Here’s how to make Soya Chunks Biryani with step by step photos…

Basmati Rice
2 cup
Soya Chunks/Meal Maker
1 thinly sliced
Green chillies
2 or 3 slit lengthwise
2 big finely chopped
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves
1 tbsp

For Grinding
4-5 cloves
1 inch piece
Coriander leaves/Cilantro
¼ bunch
Mint leaves

For Marinating Soya Chunks
1 tbsp
Ginger & Garlic paste
2 tsp
Red chilli powder
½ tsp
Coriander powder
½ tsp

For Tempering
2 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks
Bay leaves
Fennel seeds/Perunjeeragam
1/2 tsp
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes 
Serves: 4-5
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes. Drain the water and set it aside.

Grind the ingredients mentioned in the table and keep it aside for later.

In a pan boil water.  Once the water boils turn off the stove.  Add the soya chunks to it and keep it covered for 20 minutes.  

The soya chunks will double its size. Now drain the water, wash it with fresh water at least 2-3 times and squeeze the water completely.

Add the yogurt, red chilli powder, ginger & garlic paste to the soya chunks and marinate it for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in the pressure cooker, add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves, fennel seeds and let it fry until nice aroma arises.

Now add the sliced onions, green chillies and sauté until onions change to golden brown color.

Add the tomatoes and sauté until they turn mushy.

Now add the ground coriander paste and fry really well until the raw smell vanishes.

Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and fry really well.

Now add the marinated soya chunks and mix really well for about 2 minutes.

Add about 3 cups of water, coriander leaves and salt and let it boil.

When it comes to rolling boil add the basmati rice and pressure cook for one whistle.

After steam releases, open the pressure cooker and serve this delicious Soya Chunks Biryani along with raita.

Super delicious, healthy and yummy Soya Chunks Biryani/Meal Maker Biryani is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. Aromatic soya rice platter, very scrumptious and healthy.

  2. wow love the protien rich one pot meal

  3. Love this healthy yummy biryani dish...

  4. protein rich biryani. very inviting

  5. healthy biryani with soya.. looks too good..

  6. Soya chunks turns the biryani so healthy as well as tasty. Flavourful biryani.

  7. Innovative and nice. Lots of ingredients but its worth all the way.

  8. Hi Priya, thank you for dropping over and following. You have a lovely space and have a new follower :-)

  9. Very tasty and healthy :)

  10. சோயா பிரியாணி கமகமக்கிறது..அருமை!!

  11. ஆகா... பிரமாதம் ...

  12. Soya chunks biriyani looks delecious and very tempting :)

  13. very tempting dear,must have tasted good

  14. I love dis rice.but their was no company I home,.ur step wise cliks r very helpful priya.vl try this for my inlaws.

  15. Thank you.. I don't have much experience in cooking. But I did exactly as you mentioned. I got Wonderful tasty Briyani.


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