Monday 12 October 2015

Soya Chunks biriyani / Meal maker biriyani - South Indian Style

Try this healthy and flavourful biriyani using Soya chunks / Meal maker.  I am sure it will be a delightful treat for vegetarians!

Soya chunks is a rich source of protein and also low in cholesterol when compared to to animal proteins.   It  is also a good source of amino acids, vitamin and minerals.

Though it has many nutritional benefits, moderation is advised due to its high protein content.

Check my other soya chunks recipes:
Soya 65
Soya Potato Curry / Soya Masala Kulambu / Meal Maker Kulambu
Soya Curry Dosa / Soya Kheema Dosa
Soya Keema Matar ( Soya Nuggets / Meal Maker cooked with Green Peas)


Basmati rice - 2 cups
Soya chunks - 1 ½ cup 
Onion - 1 big
Tomato – 1 big

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Corriander leaves – less than ½ bunch
Mint leaves – less than ½ bunch
Red chilly powder – 1 to 1½ tsp
Thick Coconut milk - 1 cup + 3 cups water
Salt – to taste

For Seasoning:
Ghee – 1 or 2 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp
Bay leaf – 1
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Cloves - 2 or 3
Cardamom – 1
Cashew nuts - 10


Soak soya chunks in hot water for about 20 minutes or till it becomes soft.

Wash 2 to 3 times and squeeze the water completely; keep aside.  Wash and soak the rice in water for nearly for ½ an hour. 

Chop the onions lengthwise and chop tomato into small pieces; keep aside.

In a pressure cooker, add oil and ghee; after it becomes hot, add bay leaf and season it with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and cashew nuts.

Once it crackles; add onions and stir well till it becomes translucent. once it is done add green chillies, chopped tomato and ginger garlic paste.

Sauté well till the tomatoes become soft.

After the chopped mint and corriander leaves, soya chunks, turmeric powder, red chilli powder.  Mix well.

Add one cup of thick coconut milk along with 3 cups of water and drained basmati rice. Mix it.

  When the water starts boiling  and check for salt. 

Close the cooker with the lid.   After the first whistle simmer for five minutes and switch off the gas.

Serve hot with onion raita.


Amount of water will vary according to variety or quality of rice.  My ratio for rice and water is 1: 2.

Instead of coconut milk; you can cook this biriyani by using only plain water. 

You can also add vegetables like peas / carrot / potato in this preparation.

You can also chop the soya chunks into pieces and use it in this preparation.


  1. wow !! tasty biryani..Yumm

  2. Great receipe! came out wow:-) our little one loved it too:-)

  3. Very happy to hear that soya chunks biriyani came out well and also felt happy that Sarvesh kutti too liked it! Thanks a lot for writing to me about it.


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