soya biryani recipe | soya rice recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
Soya biryani recipe is a quick and easy vegetarian biryani recipe. Made with meal maker or soya chunks, this soya rice is a delicious alternative to meat biryani and a true delight for the vegetarians.
For Preparing the Rice
  • Basmati rice - 1 & ½ cups, soaked for 20 minutes, then drained
  • Fresh green peas - ¾ cup
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Salt - 2 tsp or to taste
  • Ghee - ½ tbsp
  • Green cardamoms - 4
  • Black cardamoms - 1
  • Black peppercorns - 8
  • Cloves - 2
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Star anise - 1
  • Cinnamon stick - ½ inch
  • Caraway seeds / shahi jeera - ½ tsp
For Preparing the Soya Chunks
  • Soya chunks - 75 grams
  • Boiling hot water - to soak the soya chunks
For Preparing the Soya Chunks Masala
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 large, thinly sliced
  • Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic - 10 medium-sized, finely crushed
  • Ginger - 1 inch peice, finely crushed
  • Green chilies - 2, slit
  • Coriander leaves - a handful, finely chopped
  • Boiled soya chunks
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Byadgi red chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Pulao masala - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala - a pinch
  • Water - ½ cup or as needed
  1. To make soya rice, start off by cooking the soy chunks. Take sufficient water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add in the soya chunks and turn off the heat.
  2. Let the soya chunks soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Then drain the soya chunks, rinse them under running water, and squeeze the water out of them nicely. Keep aside.
  4. To make the soya masala, heat ghee in a heavy bottom, deep pot or handi. Add in the onion and saute until golden.
  5. Add in the ginger and garlic. Saute until the raw smell goes away.
  6. Toss in the tomatoes and add some salt as well. Cook until the tomatoes soften.
  7. When the ghee begins to separate, add the ground spices; turmeric, byadgi red chili, coriander and pulao masala. Mix.
  8. Add the boiled soya chunks and saute them with the spices for 2-3 minutes, Sprinkle water every now and then to prevent the soya chunks and the spices from burning. Cover and cook on low flame for 6-7 minutes so that the soya chunks soften.
  9. In the meanwhile, prepare the rice. Combine water, ghee, salt, and whole spices in a pot or kadhai. Bring it to a boil.
  10. Add in the basmati rice and green peas. Cook until the rice is about 80% cooked.
  11. Come back to the soya chunks. When they soften, add the green chilies and garam masala. Mix.
  12. Garnish the soya masala with the coriander leaves.
  13. Drain the rice and peas with a slotted spoon.
  14. Add it to the soya masala in a single layer.
  15. Now cover the biryani pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  16. Cook the soya biryani for low heat for about 10-12 minutes or until the rice is done.
  17. Turn the heat off. Let the soya chunks biryani rest for 10 mins. Then uncover the biryani pot.
  18. Give the soya chunks biryani a gentle mix.
  19. Soya chunks and matar biryani recipe is ready. Serve it hot with sliced onions and lemon wedges or raita. Enjoy!
Nutritional Info per Serving - Approximate Values
Nutrition Information
Calories: 295 kcal Fat: 5.3 g Carbohydrates: 56.7 g Sugar: 2.3 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Protein: 8.2 g Cholesterol: 0.2 mg
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