I usually make only one curry everyday unless its any special day or any festivals.. We eat it with brown rice for lunch and carry over it for supper with rotis or rice again (Yes! My husband is a rice lover!).. But there are times when he loves the curry so much that it is not left anymore for supper… Oh those are times of mixed emotions! Even though i feel happy he loved the curry so much that it got over, i now have to cook again… So during those times, instead of cooking a curry all over again, i have a list of instant rice dishes which are easy to make,comforting and most importantly healthy..
And the dish to top the list is this Soya chunks Biriyani simply because it takes me less chopping,less time (wont take more than 30 mins!), simple flavors and not very heavy on the tummy.. Soya chunks is also a complete protein food and acts as a excellent meat substitute for vegetarians like me..
I got this recipe from my husbands place where this rice dish is an all time and all age favorite (even kids enjoy this!)..
Health Benefits of Soya chunks: High on Iron and Calcium, the calories come only from protein & carbs and only negligible amount of fat..Proven to reduce cholesterol, helps in losing weight, good food for diabetic, heart patients and for growing children..
2 cups Rice (Basmathi/any rice)
1 cup Soya Chunks
3 cloves of Garlic
1 inch piece of Ginger
3 Green Chillies/to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Bay leaf
1 small piece of Cinnamon
1 tsp Cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1.Wash well and soak the rice and soya chunks in two containers with sufficient water..
2.Chop the onion lengthwise and the tomato,garlic,ginger and green chillies finely..
Note: You can also substitute ginger garlic paste for ginger and garlic..
3.Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the bay leaf,cinnamon,cloves and cumin seeds..
4.Add chopped ginger,garlic and green chillies and fry well till the raw smell goes..
5.Add onions and fry till translucent…
6.Add the tomatoes and keep frying till they are slightly mashed..
7.Mix in the rice and add the soya chunks squeezing all water from it..
8.Add salt and required amount of water.. Mix well..
9.Pressure cook for 4 whistles or till what you normally cook..
10.Let the pressure cooker cool by itself…
11.Remove in a serving plate and garnish with coriander leaves… Serve with curd/raitha/any curry.. Enjoy!
Note: You can also garnish with dry fruits fried in oil but that’s optional..