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Soya Keema Biryani

Soya Keema Biryani

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 15

Cook Time : 20

Total Time : 35

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 500 grams basmati/any Long grain rice

  • 250 gram soya chunks

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 1.5 inch ginger peeled

  • 5 garlic cloves peeled

  • 2 onions

  • 100 grams green peas

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick

  • 4 green cardamom pods

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 star anise

  • 6-8 whole black peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoon cumin seeds

  • 3 slit green chillies

  • 4 tablespoon oil

  • 1.5 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1.5 teaspoon red chilli powder

  • 1.5 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 1.5 teaspoon garam masala powder

  • 4 tablespoon crushed dried fenugreek leaves/kasuri methi

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves

  • Salt 1.5 teaspoon

  • 1.5 cups of water

Directions

  • 01

    soak the rice and soya chunks in a cup of water separately for 15 minutes

  • 02

    during the soaking period, chop the onions, tomatoes and make a paste of ginger and garlic

  • 03

    post the soaking, drain the water completely from the rice and soya

  • 04

    grate the soya fine in a blender ( do not squeeze the water from the chunks)

  • 05

    heat the oil in a non stick pan

  • 06

    temper with Bay leaf, cumin seeds, green chillies, cinnamon, peppercorns,cloves and star anise

  • 07

    after a few seconds, add the chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste and sauté until translucent

  • 08

    add the tomatoes next followed by turmeric, red chilli, coriander powders

  • 09

    mix well and cook covered until tomatoes soften

  • 10

    add the grated soya and green peas. mix well

  • 11

    add 1/2 cup water and cook covered for 5-7 minutes

  • 12

    add the rice next followed by salt to taste

  • 13

    mix well and add remaining water

  • 14

    bring it to boil

  • 15

    reduce heat and cook covered until rice is cooked

  • 16

    add the garam masala, lemon juice, dried fenugreek leaves and mint leaves

  • 17

    combine well and cook for another minute before taking off heat

  • 18

    serve hot with a choice of your gravies, raitas, saalans, etc

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