Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Soy Chunks Pulav

Recipe No: 80
Soy chunks are processed Soy beans (what left after extracting soy bean oil and hence fat free) which is a very good source of protein for vegetarians. When combined it with rice, this becomes so good and flavorful. Adding a salad and a pickle makes it a meal.
Ingredients                                         Serves 8
  • Dry Soy Chunks………...…………………..1 Cup
  • Basmati Rice………………………………....3 Cups
  • Ghee…………………………………………….1 Tablespoon
  • Whole Garam Masala…………………….4 Cardamom pods, 2 one inch Cinnamon and 8 Cloves
  • Veggies cut into cubes…………………….1 Cup (I used Carrot, Beans and Peas)
  • Onion chopped……………………………...1/2 Big
  • Vegetable Oil………………………………....2 Tablespoons
  • Ginger-Garlic paste……………………......1 Tablespoon
  • Store Bought Garam Masala Powder…2 Teaspoons
  • Boiling Water…………………………………6 Cups
  • Coriander leaves…………………………....2-3 Tablespoons
  • Salt………………………………………….......as per taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil 8 cups of water in a pot. Once boiled, add the Soy chunks and let it boil for a minute and off the flame. Cover it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain the Soy chunks and put it in cold water. Squeeze and take the chunks out. Repeat it for 3 times. This will take that ‘processed’ taste out of Soy Chunks and make it rehydrate properly.
  2. Wash the Basmati rice really good and soak in warm water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep till ready to be used.
  3. Heat Ghee in a pan and add the whole Garam Masala and fry till it is fragrant.
  4. Add the rice and fry till the rice on the bottom of the pan starts to move on its own. Switch off the flame, take the rice out and keep aside.
  5. In the same pan heat the Oil and saute the Onion. Add Ginger-Garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  6. Add the Veggies and saute for two minutes.
  7. Mix in the prepared Soy chunks followed by Garam Masala Powder and fry together for 2 or 3 minutes.
  8. Mix in the rice to the Veggie mixture followed by boiling water and enough salt.
  9. Mix once and close the pan and let cook on a very low flame till the water is absorbed and the rice is nicely cooked. Mix the rice once or twice along the way gently, taking care not to break the rice.
  10. Once cooked keep the lid open for a few minutes, sprinkle the coriander leaves and serve hot.
Notes:
  • I happen to like store bought Garam Masala for this particular dish as it contains a bit of Coriander, Cumin and Chilly powder (My homemade Garam Masala is different) which is very essential for this dish.
  • Soy Chunks are available in most of the Indian stores.
 




Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


2 comments:






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Asha,
yummy soy chunks pulao..very healthy...

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Sushma Mallya said...

i recently started using soya chunks and i am loving it...and using them in pulav too sounds good..will surely try it next time...and thanks for dropping by asha...

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