Soy biryani is prepared using soy nuggets(nutrella or nutri nuggets) ,which have meaty texture .Very bland in taste Soy nuggets taste spicy in this biryani by absorbing the flavors of the spices ,herbs and vegetables.
Method of preparation is same as my vegetable biryani .See the recipe for images of making layers of rice and vegetables
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Ingredients you'll need are
4cups long grain Basmati rice
11/2 cup soy nuggets (Nutrela available in Indian\Paki stores)
1/2 Cup Each of Chopped Cauliflower,Broccoli,French Beans and Peas
1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon Ground spices cloves, cinnamon ,coriander seeds and cumin seeds(aka Garam Masala)
Few Whole Spices Cloves,Cumin seeds,Cinnamon sticks and cardamom
1 cup Chopped cilantro and mint
1 medium Onion Thinly Sliced
1/2 lime juice
2 green chillies
1 teaspoon red chilly powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To make the Vegetable Biryani
Soak the Soy Chunks
Boil 3 cups of water and add the soy nuggets and cover. Allow to puff up for about 15 minutes. Then drain and squeeze out excess water and set aside.
Cook the veggies and Soy
Heat EVOO in a Saucepan with lid .Fry the thinly sliced onions until lightly golden brown. Remove the fried onions and set aside.Add the cumin seeds ,whole Spices and saute for a minute .Stir in the chopped Veggies and other spices. Cover and cook Veggies along with the soaked soy nuggets for another 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile wash and soak rice for 15minutes. Boil about 8 cups of water in another large Skillet with lid and add salt and whole cloves. Drain the water from rice and add to the boiling water. Cook until its 70% done.
Make Layers and Cook Some more
Gather all the ingredients(Chopped Mint\Cilantro,Lime Juice ,Cooked Veggie soy mixture and crispy fried onions) to make the layers promptly.Drain the rice in a strainer. Real quick before the rice cools. Keep the same skillet used to boil rice back on heat. Add a table spoon of EVOO. Spread half the rice in the skillet.
Spread the vegetable soy mixture,Sprinkle the lime juice,crispy fried onions and chopped greens around the first rice layer. Lastly layer the rest half of rice .
Sprinkle with onions on top and cover. Cover tightly and cook for another 10 minutes until you see steam escaping from the lid. Wait another 10 minutes before removing the lid.
Before serving properly mix all the layers and serve with any Chutney.
Health Nut Note
Add a cup of brown rice along with white rice to make this biryani wholesome and healthier.
This recipe is my entry for Sangeeth's Eat Healthy :Calcium Rich Event
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