Soya chunks are made from soy beans and for vegans to meet their nutritional value it is best alternative to meat derivatives. It comes in dry form, but when boiled in water it becomes spongy. It absorbs sauces, flavours and spices. Soya chunks are highly nutritional and full of rich proteins, calcium and iron. It is odurless and tasteless.

They are used in soups, stew, masala dishes, salads etc. They come in the form of regular chunks, mini chunks and granules.

This recipe is healthy and very easy to prepare. Very little ghee/oil and not much masalas are added. The flavour of celery gives a distinct taste to the pulao. It’s very light and can be served to old people and young kids.


  • Basmati rice 1 tea cup
  • Soya chunks ( mini chunks) 3/4 tea cup
  • Onion finely chopped 1
  • Tomatoes chopped 2
  • Cauliflower chopped 3-4 florets
  • Carrot finely chopped 1
  • Beans finely chopped 5-6
  • Celery chopped 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup
  • Ghee/vegetable oil 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon 2″
  • Cloves 3
  • Javithri small piece
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies. 2-3
  • Garam masala (optional) 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste


Blend the tomatoes and keep it aside.

Wash the rice three times and soak it in water for half an hour.

Boil 2-3 cups water, once the water starts boiling add salt and soya chunks. Turn off the heat after two minutes. Strain the water and keep it aside.

Heat a deep frying pan ,add ghee or oil. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and javithri and saute in low heat for a minute, the cumin seeds and cloves will puff up( don’t burn them).

Add finely chopped onion and green chillies, saute till golden brown. Add turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste. Saute for a minute. Add the tomatoes and celery and cook for two three minutes or till it is reduced to half.l

Add the vegetables ( cauliflower, carrot and beans) and soya chunks, incorporate everything nicely.

Drain and add the rice, garam masala powder, coriander leaves, salt , incorporate everything nicely on low heat for five minutes.

Transfer it to a vessel after it cools down. For one cup rice add two cups of water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Serve hot with onion raita.

Categories: Rice recipes, veg

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