Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soya Chunks Biryani

Rice items are always on our top list. Today’s recipe I have adapted from a cooking show ruchkar mejwani where she has added chicken which I have replaced with soya chunks.
Serves: 3

1 cup Basmati Rice
250 gms soya chunks
4 cups Water
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Saffron Strands
Coriander-Ginger-Garlic paste (2 tbsp coriander leaves,1”ginger, 2 garlic if using small hen use 4)
2 small Onions pureed
2 Tomatoes pureed
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds Powder
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds Powder
1 tbsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Biryani Masala ( I have used Everest biryani masala)
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves
100 gms Curd
Ghee -2tbsp

- Take a deep vessel, add water, salt, black pepper & saffron strands. Let the mixture come to a boil. Then add basmati rice to the water and let it cook.
- Soak the soya chunks in water for atleast 15 minutes. Then squeeze and keep it aside.
- For marination, in a bowl, add soya chunks, Coriander-Ginger-Garlic paste, cumin seeds powder, coriander seeds powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander leaves, salt & curd. Mix all the ingredients well. Let the marinated soya chunks rest for 15-20 mins.
- Meanwhile lets cook the rice.
- Add some oil to 5 cups of hot water and cook the rice until ¾ th done. Mix well. Strain the rice using a strainer and let it cool down for 5-10 mins. Once the rice is cooled down spread it over a plate.
- In the meanwhile, take a pan and add ghee. Once the ghee is hot add ½ tbsp(remaining we will use for garnish) coriander leaves, onion-tomato puree and mix well. Then add the marinated soya and mix well.
- Add fried onion & cover it with a lid. Let the mixture cook for some time.
- Layer the rice onto the soya chunks and spread the saffron and milk mixture over the rice and allow it to cook on a low flame for 10 more minutes on a  medium flame,making sure the rice is not overcooked,.
- Garnish it with coriander leaves, fried onions and serve with raitha of your choice.

You can add any vegetables of your choice.
Here I have not used onios fried in oil instead I have roasted them in microwave to make it healthy. I will post the recipe as soon as possible.
You can use oil instead of ghee.
Enjoy making this easy biryani.
Happy Cooking,


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