Sunday, September 1, 2013

Soyabean Biryani

Posted by sandhya at 9/01/2013 08:34:00 AM
Soyabean Biryani is a delicious dish, which is extremely nutritious as well.

Ingredients : 

3 cups basmati rice – washed and soaked in water for 15 mts
1 cup dried soya chunks( soaked in water for 15 mins)
1/2-cup green peas(optional) 
2-3 tbsp ghee
1 tsp shah jeera
½-tsp jeera
2 bay leaves
2 big onions finely sliced
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
3-4 green chillies slit length wise
½ tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 ½ cups water
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
8-10 cashewnuts (lightly roasted in ghee till golden brown)
2-tbs Everest birayni masala or chicken masala ( I use this masala , it’s quite tasty)
For quick home-made Biryani Mix  (lightly dry roast in a pan and grind to a fine powder)
2 green cardamoms
4 cloves
2” cinnamon stick
3-4 pepper corns
1/4 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 dry red chillies

Method :

  1. Wash rice rice well, strain and leave for at-least half to one hour before cooking.
  2. Slice onions into thin slices.Fry one onion till golden brown and crisp to garnish. Keep aside
  3. Fry soya chunks till golden fry and keep aside.
  4. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add shah jeera and bay leaves and stir for a few seconds till the jeera splutters. Add the sliced onions, grated ginger and green chillis. Saute the onions till they turn pink..
  5. Heat ghee in the pressure cooker and add the other sliced onion and fry till brown.
  6. Add ginger- garlic paste and fry till slightly brown.
  7. Add soya chunks.
  8. Add the rice and fry till grains separate and turn slightly brown.
  9. Now add salt and biryani masala.Stir well.
  10. Add the water and green peas,cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  11. My cooker requires 2 whistles for rice dishes. For your cooker it might be different.
  12. Garnish with fried onion and coriander leaves. 
  13. Serve with raita .

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