Soya Biriyani

With Christmas around the corner, I am getting so busy with baking cookies and fruit cakes. Though I am not an "anything sweet" person, I love the smell of baking goodies. Oh my kitchen smell so Christmas-y!!! What better way to entertain myself when outside doesn't look , but feels so awful? Nope we are not yet blessed with snow :-(

Our strict vegan days are going on full swing , and last week i was just compiling a list of vegan dishes to make before Christmas. The list was so long , that i have 100's of vegetarian recipes to make :)...I never realised i was willing to eat this much vegan things. So i picked some 8-10 recipes that i really wanna make in the coming days and this Soy biriyani atop the list. I have been making mushroom fry and Soy dry fry since the first week of December, I badly needed a change. I didn't wanna spend too much time in the kitchen too. That's when i saw a bottle of Pathak curry paste in my pantry and that was a "deus ex machina" kin of thing. The result a festive one pot meal with vibrant yellow color !!


Recipe For Festive Soya Chunk Biriyani

Ingredients:-

For Soya masala 
Soya chunks - 1 cup
Onion finely chopped - 2 medium
Ginger garlic paste or crushed - 1 tsp
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Pathak Curry Paste - 4 table spoon ( I used Madras curry paste)
Thin Coconut milk - 1 cup
Butter
Mint Leaves

For Rice
Basmati Rice - 1.5 cup
Bay Leaves - 2
Cardamom - 3
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon stick - 1 
Mace - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Butter
Salt to taste
Soya masala and the Biriyani

Method:-
Soak Soya chunk in warm water for 4-5 hours. 
Squeeze the water out of it and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Heat butter in a pan and add Chopped onion. Saute till it turns golden and add ginger and garlic.
Fry it for 2 minutes and add soy and combine well.
Add Pathak's curry paste and fry it for a minute.
Pour thin coconut milk and cook it covered till it is done.
Uncover it and add yogurt and saute till it is dry.

Meanwhile, Soak basmati rice in water for 25 minutes and drain
Heat butter in a heavy bottomed cooking vessel( i always use dutch oven) and add whole spices.
Fry it for a minute or 2. Add Turmeric powder and basmati rice and combine well
Fry the rice for 2-3 minutes and add the soya masala. Saute it well for another 2-3 minutes
Pour 3 cups of hot water and salt to taste
Cook it covered for 12-15 minutes or till it is done.
Switch off the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes.'Fluff it with a fork and serve warm with onion raita

Cheers
Sarah

53 comments:

Rumana Rawat said...

This is really a co-incidence hehehehehehe ... and this biryani looks so tasty and awesome:)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Perfectly cooked rice with each grain seperated...looks too gud. Healthy and tasty meal

Fathima said...

The picture is really a feast to the eyes... love the lovely golden yellow!

Swathi said...

Soya biriyani adipoli Sarah, My hubby is not a fan of soya chunks. He hates it. so making something with soya chunks means I have to eat myself.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks just like mutton. Very yummy and delicious looking briyani.

Laya said...

This one looks damn good sara..how do you manage to get the golden color? i am surely going to make this. the photos are too good as always

divya said...

This looks fantastic :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy different biriyani

Soumya said...

Very perfectly cooked biryani.loved the color and presentation.

Pushpa said...

Yummy and flavourful biryani Sarah.

Subhashini said...

LOOKS SO PERFECT.YUMMY bRIYANI

Madhura Manoj said...

Amazing...Looks so perfect & delicious.


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Hasna said...

loved the color & picture...wow!! & biriyani too...the rice luks perfectly cooked...

Preeti Kashyap said...

I make a similar one but with out coconut and pathak paste...I love the pic!

Madhavi said...

Oh wow yummyy soya chunk biryani, love this recipe!!!

Jisha said...

Superb!!!..nice veg biriyani....nyanum ennu biriyani undakki...same pinch..:))....

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Man this is fantastic, your pictures are so simple bur still elaborate and briyani is just wow ...send you some snow darling we have toooooo much of it :O

Jeen said...

Nice Soya Biryani ...Color is appetizing .awesome click

Biny Anoop said...

Nice biriyani....soya chunks looks like beef...love the colour

Mrs K said...

Brilliant photography skills,sarah:)!!! I must say the dish sounds absolutely yummy and I am encouraged to buy the phatak's curry paste. Sarah I have updated some more pictures of my house :)

swapna said...

Healthy and a different one...

Priya said...

Very inviting biriyani absolutely looks divine..

Sathya Sankar said...

Soya Biryani looks delicious, wonderful and easy recipe !

Subhie Arun said...

perfectly cooked rice..looks fabs...n ver very nice click..simply lov the way n color..good presentation dear!

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

that looks yummy..soya masala looks like meat...

Krishnaveni said...

superb....superb.......superb......

Kairali sisters said...

YUmmy aytundauu tto..Looks delish

Pavithra said...

Any dish in soya chunks i love it.. Biriyani I love it..looks sooooooo good and pictures are fantastic as usual.

aipi said...

Protein packed n delicious..beautiful clicks!

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Treat and Trick said...

This is fantastic! Love the dish and your clicks...

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Tasty biriyani and lovely pictures..

Shanthi said...

Perfectly cooked rice and a wonderful biriyani.

AshKuku said...

Loved the yummilicious captures of that yummy prep.... Looks very enticing.... Hugs))))

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey Sarah,

Awesome...Love the biryani....soooooooo delicious...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Nandini said...

Yummy biryani. Looks appetizing.

AdukalaVishesham said...

adipoli pic... and good recipe.. never tried this before... looks yummy

Reshmi said...

biriyani with soya chunks..never ever tried..looks so perfect n delicious sarah...awsome picture..

Vidhya said...

Mouth watering healthy biryani...yummy

Nostalgia said...

Very good looking biriyani.

Pari said...

Wow, I love this version, looks fabulous.
FOODELICIOUS

Smitha said...

tempting tempting tempting....its looks perfect n yummy!

Suja Sugathan said...

This looks so tasty and perfect..kandittu kothiyavunnu.

Gulmohar said...

Shall I send Meenu over? She just loves soya whereas her dad doesn't..So usually she gets to eat this (mostly) from other's :-)
Great clicks !!

kothiyavunu.com said...

Looks Adipoli da.very tempting pics...just wanna grab tht plate! Btw yes..we are still in fl.:)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

i am not a fan of soy chunks..but this biryani looks great

Nisha said...

perfect for vegetarian guests

Simply Life said...

Oh that looks perfect!

Sayantani said...

looks so so good. am a fan of soy too and this one looks tempting.

Hari Chandana said...

Woww... healthy and delicious biryani.. lovely color.. nice presentation :)

Foodie Ann said...

kuddos to you...I decieded to fast this year for christmas but somehow i forgot it and ate non veg the second day..yep I am getting terrible year after year...

Vandana Rajesh said...

The biriyani looks so good with every rice perfectly cooked and standing separate.Yumm.

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Dimah said...

Lovely color and sounds so yummy!

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