Soy Pulao Biryani

I have been wanting to make this for so many days now.  Every day I look into my pantry to see what can I cook, I say to myself I have to make this pulao.  Its been a long time and I haven't gotten a chance.  So, today when my blogger friend Sonal asked me that she is looking for a rice recipe from my blog that she wants, I am like do I have any veg rice dishes?  The answer was no..and I said to myself this is an awesome chance to make this wonderful pulao or biryani made with Soy chunks.

This dish is full of flavor and protein especially for the vegetarians.  Doesn't mean that non-vegetarians can't eat…:-)

This is my mom's recipe, so I called her last night to get the exact recipe as I had a little bit idea what she puts in it.  First thing in the morning I started making this and the whole house had this lovely aroma.  I was waiting to hear from my husband who was working upstairs that why are you cooking first thing in the morning, the house is smelling like Indian spices.  But guess what, to my surprise he came down to grab a snack and goes to me “you are killing me, and says whatever you are cooking smells really good.”  He just made my day…Now to the recipe…

DSC_2914-1 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice (or whatever rice you like)
  • 1/2 cup soy chunks, soaked
  • 2 tsp chana dal, soaked
  • 2 tsp urad dal, soaked
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp garam masala
  • 2-3 whole dried red chilies
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato, pureed
  • 2 tbsp yogurt or sour cream ( I used greek yogurt)
  • 2-3 tbsp tamarind juice
  • 1/2 tsp  sugar
  • cilantro to garnish
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil


Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.  Also wash and soak the dals & soya chunks in a separate bowls for at least hour and a half.



Bring the water to boil along with salt and little bit garam masala.  Add soaked rice until it is 80% done which is when you break the rice it breaks into two pieces.  Drain it and set aside.

In a kadhai, heat the oil.  Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, whole red chilies and let them crackle.


Now add the ginger garlic paste and sauté it for a few minutes, say about 3 minutes.

DSC_2906-1Add tomato puree, tamarind juice & sugar to it and cook until raw smell has gone.   Then add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and mix well.


Squeeze the excess water out of the soy chunks & drain the dal.  At this time, add the soaked dals and soy chunks and mix it so that everything gets incorporated and let it sauté for a a couple of minutes.  Now add yogurt and mix again.


Cover it and let it cook for additional few minutes.  Now add the boiled rice and mix it.



DSC_2913-1Once again cover it and keep it on the lowest heat so that all the flavors can marry and the rice will cook all the way for about 10-12 minutes. Now your Soy pulao/biryani is ready to be served.


Serve hot and garnish it with cilantro along with favorite raita.  I would love a mint raita with this…


If you like the recipe, please comment below after you give it a try and share it on Facebook.  Would like to hear from you. Your comments, likes, dislikes, matters to me. Thank you for stopping by!!

Happy Cooking!!!!





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