Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Soya Chunks Biryani-Meal Maker Biryani-Soya Chunks Recipes

Soya Chunks also know as meal maker is said to lower cholesterol levels, prevents heart diseases, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, controls hypertension, blood pressure, aids in weight loss etc. According to Wikipedia soya chunks is a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It has  protein content equal to that of meat. It is quick and also easy to cook.Considering the health benefits it offers, I make it a point to include it in our diet often. You can prepare many dishes using soya chunks like soya chunks curry, kurma and even add them to your pulaos, soups, stir fries etc. Though it does not have flavor of its own, it has the tendency to absorb the flavorings well. Today I am going to share with you an easy method to prepare Soya Chunks biryani using the pressure cooker.

Soya Chunks Biryani

Soya Chunks Biryani in pressure cooker

Soya Chunks Biryani

 Prep Time : 10 mins (minus the soaking time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryRice Recipes-Lunch/Dinner
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   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
   Salt needed

   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.

Bring water to boil, add soya chunks, salt and switch off the flame. Let it remain soaked for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, squeeze out the water, rinse well in running water and squeeze out the water again. Cut it into 2 and keep it aside. You can marinate the soya chunks in a little ground masala if preferred.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under grinding and keep it ready.This is the masala.(onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli, coriander and mint leaves)


Heat oil in a pressure pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning.

Add thinly sliced onions, green chillies and saute until onions turn pink.

soya chunks biryani in pressure cooker

Now add the ground paste and saute until the raw flavor goes. Add peas, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and the soya chunks.

how to make soya chunks biryani

Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add the drained rice.Saute for a minute, add lemon juice, thin coconut milk and salt needed.(approximately 2 tsp salt for 1 cup of rice) Mix well and close the cooker without weight. Keep the flame in medium.

soya chunks biryani recipe

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.

how to prepare soya chunks biryani

This biryani also makes a perfect lunch box recipe and is very good for growing children as it is rich in protein.

Note - You can fry the drained basmati rice in a tsp of ghee for added flavor.

You might love my Soya Chunks curry  also.

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  1. Healthy & simply delicious..!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. trying this out for sure, thank you :)

  3. omg...sooooooooooooper tempting..

  4. Flavourful briyani, prefect lunch box dish too.

  5. Healthy and delicious rice

  6. Healthy and yummy biriyani.Need to try.

  7. looks sooo delicious. Nice dish.

  8. 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

  9. Thin Coconut milk is added just to enhance the taste. If you do not want to add coconut milk just add water.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. Tried it today padma... it came out yummy! thank you so much for the recipe! :)

  13. I am going to cook it out this weekend. Thank you very much. Soy chunks are great healthy.

  14. Hello , I dont have a pressure cooker , so if we do it in a bowl how much water/cocnut milk should we use ?

  15. 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.

  16. Hi,Can I add already cooked rice to the gravy ? What difference will it make to the taste....

  17. Dear Sindhoora
    Yes, you can use electric cooker.

  18. Kusum
    You can also add cooked rice to the gravy. If you cook rice in the gravy itself, it will be even more tasty.

  19. hi i don't have the grinder so what is the alternative for the paste

  20. Hi, Are you adding raw soya chunks or boiled ones?

  21. Divya - I have given it clearly in the preparations.Kindly read it.

  22. 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

  23. Sudha Raja -Yes, you can cut soya chunks into small pieces after cooking it.

  24. 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 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!

  25. Hi Padma can we add curd instead of coconut milk?

    1. Instead of coconut milk, you can add just plain water and 2 tsp of lemon juice.

  26. Really relishing....
    I tried it and was a great success

  27. Hi can we add normal rice instead of basmathi rice ?

    1. 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.

  28. 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??

  29. If we boil soya in water, drain and squeeze then will the vitamins leave through the water?

    1. No. Soya chunks has a distinct smell (a raw smell) which will not go if you do not wash and squeeze out the water.

  30. thank you padhu, for sharing an awesome recipe... my first trial from your's.. came out really good.... Thanks much..

  31. Very nice recipe.
    I tried it and it has come very well.
    Thanks for the stepwise guidance

  32. 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..

  33. Thanks for sharing this recipe
    I'm a veggie so it's a great to add soy chunks in biriyani I added all vegetables instead of peas it came out well . Thank u so much 😊🙏🏼

  34. Dear Padhuan
    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 that they will not make us bite while doing biriyani or pulav.....will the taste change if we do so

    1. 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.


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