December 10, 2011

Soya Chunks Peas Pulao

Soya chunks Peas Pulao 
Soya chunks are a great source of protein for the vegetarians and a good replacement for chicken....    Amma used to include this as many dishes as she could and also make this pulao often for school lunches as it is easy to pack and carry. This pulao is quick to make and makes a good wholesome one pot meal....  Unfortunately after marriage I altogether stopped making this as hubby dear was not very keen on it. When kids were born I started slowly introducing this and they too hated it. Fine......then, I will not make it anymore I told to myself. But times change, their friends change, their tastes too, I guess. I have once again started making this rice for the past few months and they love it now.... and also I have started adding them in as many dishes too.....

Soya Chunks-Peas Pulao

(Print this Recipe)

You’ll need:

  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Soya chunks / Meal maker – ¼ cup
  • Peas – ½ cup
  • Onion – 2
  • Tomato – 2
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1-1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
  • Mint leaves – 2 handfuls
  • Aniseeds – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Star anise – 1
  • Cloves – 2
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp


Wash rice and soak it for 15 min. Cut the onions thinly and chop the tomatoes finely.

Boil 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt and add the soya chunks to it. Simmer for 5 min and drain it over a colander. Squeeze out the chunks of excess water and if you want, you can cut the chunks into small bite sized pieces. Keep aside.

Heat a pressure cooker with oil. Add aniseeds, cinnamon, star anise and cloves and roast for a second. Now add the onions and sauté till pink. Add the ginger garlic paste, mint leaves and tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.

Now add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, peas, soya chunks, drained rice, salt and 4 cups of water to the pressure cooker. Give it a good mix. Sprinkle garam masala powder on top and close with the lid.

Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Open the lid after the pressure is released. Gently fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.  Serve hot with Onion Yogurt Raita.


  • You can use Basmati rice instead of plain rice.
  • You can also add vegetables like carrot, potato, cauliflower and beans along with soya chunks.

This is off to Priya's CWS: Peas, Veena's HLI-Peas and to Reva's Royal Feast - Biriyani


  1. Pulao looks very tempting....yumm..

  2. A healthy one pot meal.Even i was searching for varities with soya chunks.Thanks for sharing and expecting more recipes with the soya chunks.

  3. Super flavourful one pot meal,seriously makes me hungry,dont forget to link them to my ongoing event Radhika.

  4. I made soya chunks and peas curry for lunch if I'd seen this in the morning i could have tried it out today itself. :)

  5. Wow.. looks super delicious and perfect.. thanks for the healthy recipe dear :)
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  6. wow...iam drooling here so tempting....

  7. luv your pics!!

  8. wow!!Radhika...what a lovely pic!!!!loved it. And thanks a ton for sending it across....I am bookmarking this!!!!

  9. This looks so very inviting and delicious!

  10. pass me the platter please- wholesome goodness indeed !

  11. This looks delicious and healthy. Makes a satisfying one pot meal! Have a lovely Sunday!

  12. I'm not huge on soya.. don't know why, I just don't like the taste. On the other hand, I'm a sucker for pulao or any desi rice dishes. This looks awesome.

  13. Yumm!! The pulao looks absolutely delicious. I love soya chunks used in veg biryani and pulaos. :)

  14. I too often make this pulao, liked your version and it looks so inviting...beautiful shots Radhika!!

  15. Very healthy good way to introduce protein in kids diet.


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