Pulav are always a welcome addition to any meal. A pulav can often make a complete meal by itself. The soya chunks added to this aromatic pulao are easily available in the market and are a rich source of fiber, protein and vitamin B12 - a vitamin which is otherwise lacking in vegetarian diets.
We enjoy this particular pulav with Masala Papad with makes the best combination meal.
- Rice - 1cup
- Soya chunks - 1 cup
- Onion - 1medium
- Tomato - 1 small
- Cumin seeds - 1tsp
- Cloves - 4
- Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
- Black peppercons - 3
- Green cardamom - 3
- Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
- Green chilly paste - 2 tsp
- Tumeric powder -1/4 tsp (I did not use)
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Cilantro leaves - 2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Oil - 2 tbsp
- Wash the rice and soak them for 30 minutes.
- In a large pot, add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil.
- Once the water starts to boil,add soya chunks and pinch of salt. Cook them uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Finely chop the onion and tomato.
- Grind cloves,cinnamom stick,black peppercons and cardamom to the fine powder.
- Place the cooker on medium flame and add oil into it.
- When oil heats up, add cumin seeds. Fry for 20 seconds.
- Add grounded whole spices powder, ginger paste and green chilly paste.Fry till you get nice aroma.
- Then add chopped onion and fry till onion becomes soft and transparent.
- Now add tomato and boiled soyachunks. Mix well and fry for 2 minutes.
- Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it into the mixture.Fry gently for 3 minutes.
- Then add 2 cups of water, lemon and salt .Mix well and wait for 2 whistles.
- Turn off the flame.Let the steam escape out completely,open the lid of the cooker and let the pulav cool down a little.
- Soya chunk pulav is ready to serve.
- Before you add soyachunks,slightly squeeze the water from soyachunks.
- You can also add tumeric powder for the colour.I did not add because I wanted my pulav to be plain in colour.
- For more flavour, add pinch of garam masala powder.