soya chunks peas pulao recipe
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Soya Chunks Peas Pulao

An easy one pot meal made in pressure cooker that can be packed in lunch boxes for kids and adults alike.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Radhika

Ingredients

  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • Soya chunks or Meal maker – 1/2 cup
  • Peas – 1/4 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint leaves – 2 handfuls
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Whole spices:

  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cloves – 2

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Wash rice and soak it for 15 min.
  • Chop Onion into juliennes.
  • Chop tomatoes finely and keep aside.
  • Bring 2 cups water with a pinch of salt to a rolling boil in a sauce pan.
  • Add soya chunks, let it simmer for 5 mins. Switch off and keep the pan covered for another 5 mins.
  • Drain it into a colander. Squeeze out the chunks of excess water and set aside.
  • If you are using big chunks, you can cut into small bite sized pieces.

How to make Soya Chunks Peas Pulao:

  • Heat a pressure cooker with oil. You can also replace half the oil with ghee (clarified butter).
  • Add fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and roast for a second.
  • Add the onions and sauté till pink.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, mint leaves, tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes soften.
  • Add soya chunks, peas, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and toss well.
  • Drain water from rice and add the rice to the cooker and mix gently to combine well.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups water, salt, garam masala powder and give it a stir to distribute evenly.
  • Close the cooker with the lid and let it cook over medium flame for 2 whistles.
  • Switch off and let the pressure release by itself.
  • Soya chunks peas pulao is ready.
  • Gently fluff the pulao with a fork to separate the grains.
  • Serve hot with any raita or gravy of your choice.