Soya is very rich in protein. In a vegetarian diet, you can introduce soya chunks to replenish the lack of protein in the diet. Many of us do not like soya chunks because of the strong odor. You can remove the odor by soaking the Soya Chunks in hot water for 30 to 40 minutes. Drain the water. Rinse them 2 to three times and squeeze the water out. Now, you can add these Soya Chunks to any dish which you want without getting the soya odor. This is a very tasty Soya Chunks Pulav.
Basmati Rice – 1 ½ cup (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
Soya Chunks – ¾ cup
Water – 2 ½ to 2 ¾ cups
Oil – 3 tbsp
Bay Leaf – 2
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Whole Black Pepper – 10 to 12
Black Cardoman – 2
Cinnamon Stick (Pattai) – 2 inch piece
Medium Sized Onion – 3 (sliced)
Green Chillies – 3 (Finely Chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Coriander Seed Powder – ½ tsp
Mint Leaves – one fistful
Coriander Leaves – one fistful
Yogurt – ¼ cup
Green Chilli – 2 (sliced)
Heat the Oil in a pressure cooker. Add Bay Leaves. Add Cumin Seeds. When they sizzle, add Black Pepper. Add the black Cardoman – slightly opened. Add the Cinnamon stick and stir well.
Add the sliced Onion and Green Chillies. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes in medium flame with some Salt added.
Add the Turmeric Powder and Coriander Seed Powder, Mint and Coriander leaves. Mix well. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Rinse the Soya Chunks twice or thrice, squeeze out the water and add to the above, Cook for few minutes. Add the Yogurt and mix. Cover with a lid and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes in low flame.
Add the sliced Green Chillies and the soaked Basmati Rice. Mix well. Add water. The water must fill the rice and its level should be above the rice. Allow it to boil. Pressure cook for one whistle over medium flame and them for 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.
Switch off the stove. Allow to the steam to go off on its own without opening the lid. Now, open the lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice gently with a fork and transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with Cilantro.
Serve with Raita and Pickle.