Soya Pulao


  • 1½ cups soya chunks
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6-8 cashews/kaju
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper corns/ sabut kali mirch
  • 4 cloves/laung
  • 1 mace/javitri
  • 1 small cinnamon stick/dal chini
  • 1 star anise/chakra phool
  • 1 tablespoon ginger and garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup green peas
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter/ghee

Note– Please read recipe notes in the end.

Main Equipment Used

Steps In Making

  1. In a large bowl add soya chunks and hot water. Let the soya chunks rest in the hot water for10 minutes.
  2. Once done they will become soft, double in size and absorb the water. Now squeeze all the water from the soya chunks and keep them aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and then add cashews and sauté them for a minute or until it turns light golden in colour. Once done remove them in a plate.
  4. In the same oil add all the whole spices and sauté them for few seconds. Now add the chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for a minute.
  5. Now add the sliced onions and cook them for 3-4 minutes or until they get light brown colour.
  6. Further add chopped carrots, peas, soaked soya chunks and salt. Mix till everything is well combined and cook them for 2 minutes.
  7. Further add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and cumin powder. Add some water if needed. Now sauté the soya chunks and the vegetables in the masalas for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Now add rice (which was soaked in water for 30 minutes), water, roasted cashews, fresh coriander and ghee. Mix well.
  9. Pressure cook on medium heat till it gets one whistle.
  10. Soya pulao is ready. Serve hot with raita.

Recipe Notes

  • You can add any vegetable of your choice.
  • Do not skip the whole spices as they will add great aroma and flavour to this soya pulao.
  • You can use ginger and garlic paste too.
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