Soya Chunks Biryani

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These soya chunks biryani are a true delight! Try this recipe to make this delicious rice dish that will wow your family!

Soya Chunk biryani served in a steel bowl with soya chunks on the side.
Soya chunks biryani

I found a box of Nutrella Soya Chunks in the pantry. I had never experimented with Soya before, and the one time my husband tried to make something out of it, it was a disaster. Since that happened a few years back, I think he forgot all about it, and he had gone about buying yet another packet of Soya Chunks last year 🙂

So here we were, wondering what to make out of it. Biryani is what came to my mind, and since I had a good Shrimp Biryani recipe, I decided to follow the recipe. We were delighted at the outcome and have decided that this recipe of Soya Chunks Biryani is a keeper.

By the way, Soya chunks match the protein content of meat and are considered a meat extender. While they are super easy to make, here’s something you need to remember – Soya chunks need to be repeatedly rinsed at least 3-4 times after being boiled; otherwise, you will find your dish ruined because the soya chunks tasted weird.

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Soya Chunk biryani served in a steel bowl with soya chunks on the side.
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Soya Chunks Biryani

These soya chunks biryani are a true delight! Try this recipe to make this delicious rice dish that will wow your family!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups soya chunks
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 6-8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Indian bay leaves
  • 2 medium sized onions finely cut (approximately 1.5 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed into a paste
  • 2 tomatoes finely cut (approximately 1.5 cups)
  • 2 green chilies slit lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut milk [optional]
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala/biryani masala
  • Cilantro / Coriander leaves
  • salt to taste


  • Boil 3 cups of water in a saucepan and add a pinch of salt. Add soya chunks to the boiled water. The soya chunks should be completely immersed in the water. Let them cook for 6-8 minutes. Let the soya chunks cool for 4-5 minutes and gently squeeze the water out of them.
  • Rinse the soya chunks in cold water and squeeze the water out of the soya chunks. Repeat this process at least 2 more times.
  • Cook the rice with twice the amount of water and salt (1/4 tsp) till it is 3/4th done. [ Note: I make my rice in the microwave. Normally I keep it for 16 minutes but when I am making rice for pulao I keep it for 12 minutes]. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized kadhai or wok add 3 tablespoons of oil and keep it on medium heat. Add peppers, cloves and bay leaves. When they sizzle (after 10-15 seconds) add onions and garlic. Fry them till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and continue frying till they turn mushy.
  • Add the green chilies, red chili powder, salt, turmeric powder, and soya chunks and mix well.
  • Whisk the yogurt well and mix it with the coconut milk (if you are using it) and add it to the kadhai/wok.
  • Continue to keep it on medium heat for another 8-10 minutes. At this point, the gravy should run thick and the soya chunks should have absorbed the flavor from the gravy.
  • Add garam masala or biryani masala and mix well .
  • Add the rice to the kadhai and carefully fold it in and simmer it for 5 minutes covering the kadhai before taking it off heat.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita.
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Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 21gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 286mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 552IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 5mg
Diet: Vegetarian
Course: Main Course
Method: Stovetop
Keywords: meal maker, soya
Cuisine: Indian
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