Apr 18, 2011

Nutrela Biryani

 Nutrela is very rich in protein. It works well as a meat substitute and can also be added to vegetable dishes, poha/beaten rice or any rice dish like vegetable pulao .This is my cousin sister's recipe and also one of my favorite biryani to eat with raita or by itself  and most importantly it takes very less time to cook.

  • 3 cups basmati rice – washed and soaked in water for 15 mts
  • 1 cup dried soya chunks( soaked in water for 15 mins)
  • 1/2-cup green peas(optional) 
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp shah jeera
  • ½-tsp jeera
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 big onions finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 3-4 green chillies slit length wise
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • 8-10 cashewnuts (lightly roasted in ghee till golden brown)
  • 2-tbs Everest birayni masala or chicken masala ( I use this masala , it’s quite tasty)
  •                                                       OR
  • For quick home-made Biryani Mix  (lightly dry roast in a pan and grind to a fine powder)
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 2” cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 pepper corns
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • Wash rice rice well, strain and leave for at-least half to one hour before cooking.
  • Slice onions into thin slices.Fry one onion till golden brown and crisp to garnish. Keep aside
  • Fry soya chunks till golden fry and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add shah jeera and bay leaves and stir for a few seconds till the jeera splutters. Add the sliced onions, grated ginger and green chillis. Saute the onions till they turn pink..
  • Heat ghee in the pressure cooker and add the other sliced onion and fry till brown.
  • Add ginger- garlic paste and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add soya chunks.
  • Add the rice and fry till grains separate and turn slightly brown.
  • Now add salt and biryani masala.Stir well.
  • Add the water and green peas,cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • My cooker requires 2 whistles for rice dishes. For your cooker it might be different.
  • Garnish with fried onion and coriander leaves. 
  • Serve with raita .
Sending this recipe to  Aipi and Priya  for their event " Bookmarked Recipe Every Tuesday" .



  1. i can finish the whole bowl in one go..love this rice :))
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
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  2. Yumm, briyani looks irresistible,love soyachunks in anything..

  3. wow.. biriyani becomes so nutritious. Great idea.I will try for sure.

  4. looks delicious & wanna to finish it up now

  5. Delicious and nutritious biriyani..
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  6. love soy chunks ... healthy biriyani... actually it tastes like a meaty biriyani..

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  7. Love nutrela chunks and this biryani looks simply delicious..nice and great recipe..

  8. I love it . Thanks for sharing. It looks delicious and tasty. I am surely gonging to try this recipe. This is something new that we can try with Nutrela. It will be healthy as well. Keep posting such great and delicious recopies.

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