Soya Chunks Biryani in pressure cooker
Prep Time : 10 mins (minus the soaking time)
Recipe Category: Rice Recipes-Lunch/Dinner
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Soya Chunks -10-12
Onion – 3/4 cup thinly sliced
Green chilli -1-2 slit
Fresh green peas – 1/4 cup (you can use frozen peas also)
Thin coconut milk -1 3/4 cup
Fresh lemon juice -1 tbsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder -1 tsp
For grinding masala
Onion – 1 medium size
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Garlic -3-4 cloves
Green chilli – 1 small
Coriander leaves -fistful
Mint leaves – fistful
For the seasoning
Oil – 2 tbsp
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 1
Bay leaf -1
Soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pressure pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning.
Add thinly sliced onions, green chillies and saute until onions turn pink.
Once the rice is half cooked, stir the contents and close the cooker with weight. Keep it in very low flame for 4-6 minutes and switch off. Open the cooker once the pressure subsides, gently fluff the rice with a fork. Serve hot with pachadi/ raita or any tomato based gravy.
This biryani also makes a perfect lunch box recipe and is very good for growing children as it is rich in protein.
You might love my Soya Chunks curry also.
yummy ….. mouth-watering 🙂
Healthy & simply delicious..!!
trying this out for sure, thank you 🙂
Flavourful briyani, prefect lunch box dish too.
Healthy and delicious rice
Healthy and yummy biriyani.Need to try.
looks sooo delicious. Nice dish.
Padhu i have just seen this recipe, can u just tel me an alternate for coconut milk and also why we are addig that coconut milk
Thin Coconut milk is added just to enhance the taste. If you do not want to add coconut milk just add water.
Hi Simply delicious and healthy too! I tried it will send you the picture, I didnt have coconut milk, so just added water, but still came out really good!
Hi I tried this and came out really good! Its healthy as well. Instead of coconut milk, I added water as I dint have it.Thanks for the recipe.
Tried it today padma… it came out yummy! thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂
I am going to cook it out this weekend. Thank you very much. Soy chunks are great healthy.
Hello , I dont have a pressure cooker , so if we do it in a bowl how much water/cocnut milk should we use ?
Whether you cook in pressure cooker or pan, follow the same recipe.Usually it is 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice. Since I have added paste here,I have reduced the water by 1/4 cup.
Hi,Can I add already cooked rice to the gravy ? What difference will it make to the taste….
can i use the electric cooker?
Yes, you can use electric cooker.
You can also add cooked rice to the gravy. If you cook rice in the gravy itself, it will be even more tasty.
hi i don't have the grinder so what is the alternative for the paste
Hi, Are you adding raw soya chunks or boiled ones?
Divya – I have given it clearly in the preparations.Kindly read it.
can we cut soya into small pieces ,my lil asks for small soya as her friend bought small ones for lunch or small ones available in shops
Sudha Raja -Yes, you can cut soya chunks into small pieces after cooking it.
Love this recipe!! Its a hit…reminds me of my aunt making chicken biryani when i was a little kid…every sunday this was a patent with the only difference being chicken in the biryani and the doordarshan childrens serials…you bought back good old memories!!
Now that I am a vegeterian, soya chunks was a great replacement …have already tried this twice and I can eat the entire cooker in one sitting! I am kidding!!
But yes…this is yummilicious!
One Day At a Time
Hi Padma can we add curd instead of coconut milk?
Instead of coconut milk, you can add just plain water and 2 tsp of lemon juice.
I tried it and was a great success
Hi can we add normal rice instead of basmathi rice ?
Basmati rice has a flavor which is absent in normal rice. But you can do it in normal rice also but the taste will differ.
Hi Padhu.. I must say, ur blog is a life saver for me.. With all those new recipes, my husband falls n love wit my food.. Credit goes to u.. A small query. Instead of raitha or tomato gravy, which one ll b good side dish for this soya chunks biriyani??
If we boil soya in water, drain and squeeze then will the vitamins leave through the water?
No. Soya chunks has a distinct smell (a raw smell) which will not go if you do not wash and squeeze out the water.
thank you padhu, for sharing an awesome recipe… my first trial from your's.. came out really good…. Thanks much..
Very nice recipe.
I tried it and it has come very well.
Thanks for the stepwise guidance
I tried this…. It was awesome, tasty and all of my family members loved it.
Very easy to prepare I done in few minutes. Thank u so much..
Whenever I get doubt about any receive I refer only yr web sites. All the recipes come out well if we do as per yr instruction. Thanks for the good work.
I have a doubt…..can we grind all the spices eg pat tai cloves and cardamom….so that they will not make us bite while doing biriyani or pulav…..will the taste change if we do so
Thank you Chandra for your nice words. Regarding your doubt, you can powder the spices and add but it will be too strong. So add less.
Mam, my son is a big fan of your meal maker briyani..every week I prepare this..thank u for sharing
Tried this soya chunks biryani, it was absolutely delicious..!!