Soya Chunks-Peas Pulao
- 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
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.