Soy Biryani

Generally vegetable biryani served in restaurants are greasy, overly spiced, and made of semi-cooked rice tossed with few vegetables. Hence I prefer to make simple flavorful delicious vegetable biryani at home, and I like to add textured soya for making protein-rich delicious biryani. Soy biryani is a wholesome meal and is usually served with refreshing raita.

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Health benefits of soy beans: Soy beans may be recommended to include into the diet of women over 40 as it contains a substance similar to oestrogen (female hormone), and it is a boon for vegetarians as it is the best source of plant based protein. It is particularly useful for people who wants to make a transition into vegan diet as both the textured soy chunks & meat share the same texture.

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Now the recipe for soy biryani as below:

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Time taken: 40 min

Serves : 4


  1. Basmati Rice – 2 cups (400 g)
  2. Soy chunks – 1 cup
  3. Water – 4 cups (800 ml)
  4. Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup (100 ml)
  5. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  7.  Salt – 2 tsp
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  1. Carrot (large) – 1 No
  2. Beans – 200 g
  3. Potato (large) – 1 No
  4. Capsicum –  1 No
  5. Fresh peas – 1/2 cup (100 g)
  6. Tomatoes – 4 Nos
  7. Mint leaves – 1/4 cup
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For Grinding:

  1. Green chillies – 6 Nos
  2. Onions (medium sized) – 2 Nos.
  3. Ginger – 2 inch length
  4. Garlic –  8 pods
  5. Cloves – 8 Nos.
  6. Cardamom – 2 Nos
  7. Cinnamon – 2 inch length
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Mise en place:

  • Wash rice & soak them in 800 ml of water along with soy chunks.
  • Wash all vegetables & chop them into small cubes.
  • Wash mint leaves & chop them finely.
  • Grind all ingredients “For Grinding” into a smooth paste and keep aside.

Cooking Method:

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pressure cooker, add all chopped vegetables and mint leaves.
  • Saute vegetables in medium flame.
  • Add ground masala into sauteed vegetables and saute till oil separates.
  • Add turmeric powder & fry for 30 sec.
  • Add rice soaking water & salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add soaked rice & soy chunks, mix them well and bring to a boil.
  • Now close the pressure cooker and simmer for 10 min.
  • When pressure releases add 1 tsp ghee and allow to settle for 3-5 minutes.
  • Gently mix rice & vegetables with wooden spatula and serve hot delicious soy biryani.

Please Note: 

If you want this simple moderately spiced vegetable biryani to be spicier:

  • Add anistar (1 No) while heating oil.
  • Add a teaspoon of red chillies powder along with turmeric powder.
  • Add lemon juice (extracted from half a lemon) just before closing the pressure cooker.

How to serve Soy Biryani:

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Biryani – curd rice combo is one of the popular meals in South India. Soy biryani tastes great with crunchy cucumber salad; roasted chickpeas (fried Bengal gram or udaicha kadalai) chutney may be served as a side for curd rice. Please click on the images below for their recipes.

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