Soya Nuggets Pulav / Soya Chunks Pilaf


Pulav is slightly spiced rice with delicate fragnance, I use to prepare vegetable pulav once in a while, because hubby likes it a lot. He was the one who taught me to prepare pulav long long ago so long ago. As it was Thursday, I go veggie, so thought of preparing something soya chunks, since I had it in a large quantity, finally planned for this soya chunks pulav. I was nervous, as it was my first time for soya chunks pulav, wonder how it would taste, already it is a vacation time and kids at home, if they never like it …

After the preparation, the aroma and the taste of the pulav was yummy. I would say that this a great treat for the people who are looking for weight loss, a good source of protein and fibre content. Let us move on to the recipe…

It’s Friday and so Iam taking this to Fiesta Friday #66 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

Soya Chunks Pulav

Soya Chunks Pulav


  • Soya chunks – 100 gm
  • Long grain/Basmathi Rice – 200 gm or 2 ½ cups
  • Shajeera – ½ tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star Anise – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cinnamon – 2 “inch stick
  • Green chilies – 1 no
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium sized)
  • Cumin powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil – 1 ½ tbsp


  • Soya chunks: Take soya chunks in a bowl and soak in warm water for 20 mins. Drain the water, once it doubles in size. Squeeze out the water and chop it to medium pieces.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions to small pieces. Slit the green chilies.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker; add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, star anise and shajeera. Wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the ginger-garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the green chilies and onions, cook until the raw smell goes off and they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the soya chunks along with turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the long grain/basmathi rice and cook for few seconds.
  • Pour in 4 cups of water, bring to boil and pressure cook for three whistles.
  • Open the lid, when the pressure is realeased.

Serve hot with any gravy and raita. I have accompanied this with Soya chunks gravy and Onion-Tomato Raita.





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