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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Soya Chunks Pulao

Healthy, nutritious soya chunks pulao for Day 3 of BM#18.

Everyone in my family loves soya chunks, including my pesky 11 year old. All rice dishes (except lime rice) seem to her alien and she never touches any of those. No cajoling / threatening works there since she thinks they are all spicy and she wouldn't budge from her stand. However today it was a different story and she ate this pulao without any complaints. The soy chunks did the trick. :) 
This pulao is very easy to put together. It is mild and suitable for even kids' lunch boxes.

1 cup Basmati rice
3/4 cup soya chunks
2 carrots, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup peas (I used frozen ones.)
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cardamom
4 cloves
2 one inch cinnamon pieces
2 bay leaves
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 small onions, sliced thinly
1 tomato, chopped
Salt and coarsely crushed pepper to taste
Minced cilantro for garnish

* Cook rice adding 2 cups of water and keep aside.
* Meanwhile, soak soya chunks in hot water for about 15 minutes. After soaking period, drain the water and squeeze out extra water from chunks.
* Cook carrot cubes in a microwave.
* Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves. Saute for few seconds and then add onion. Fry until the onions soften and then add tomatoes, turmeric powder and soy chunks. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy. Next add carrot, peas, salt and pepper and stir.
* Finally add rice to the pan and mix well to combine. Garnish with cilantro.
* Serve with a raita / yogurt.

Check here to know what other marathoners are cooking during BM#18.



vaishali sabnani said...

Soya sure is healthy ..and kids like it..the rice looks really delicious.

PriyaVaasu said...

looks yum!!! i too love soy chunks, but my hubby doesn't :(, so it appears very rarely in our menu!!!

Priya said...

Such a nutritious and eye pleasing pulao.

PJ said...

Definitely a healthy pulao..

rekhas kitchen said...

Thank god she likes this!! I know some of these kids they think all indian dishes are spicy... I like soya chunks pulao looks so tempting Suma.

Anjali Shukla said...

What lovely clicks and what a simple yet amazing recipe! :)

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

looks so yummy!!!


Champa said...

It is opposite in my house. I am the only one who will eat soya chunks. So, I don't make anything with it. Nice dish.

Spice up the Curry said...

pulao looks really delicious and mouthwatering

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow soya chunks in pulao is a lovey idea...yum looking pulao

sushma said...

Pulao looks great

Jayanthi said...

nutritiously packed pulao...looks great.

Chef Mireille said...

looks appetizing - must be delicious

Gayathri Kumar said...

Pulao looks super inviting. Loved those colourful carrots and soya chunks...

Srivalli said...

How nice to get a dish that kids love!..

Pavani said...

Healthy & delicious pulao.. Nice clicks.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love soya chunks in any form. My kids are also are the same. They won't eat any vegetable rice if they 'think' it is spicy :)

Apu said...

I use pay chunks a lot, love your Pulao.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Super nutritious Pulao! I have one coming for this week's theme.

Manju Modiyani said...

Pulao looks delicious and colorful...

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