Soya Pulao

Soya Granules Pulao-Granules from Soya Chunks

Soya is the power-packed plant-based protein that is best for vegan or vegetarians. I made this Soya Granules Pulao using soya chunks as there were no granules available in my kitchen.

Soya Pulao with Raita

This is a simple yet easy one-pot meal you can prepare when you do not have time for a complete lunch menu you usually do.

Now let’s jump into the recipe.

Ingredients for Soya Granules Pulao

  • Soya Granules-1 Cup
  • Basmati Rice-3 Cups
  • Oil-1 Tablespoon
  • Ghee/Clarified Butter/Neyyi/Thuppa-2 Tablespoons
  • Onion-1
  • Tomatoes-2
  • Green Chillies/Pachi Mirapakayalu/Hasi Menshinkai-3
  • Ginger-garlic paste/Allam-Vellulli Muddha/Shunti-Bellulli Muddhe-1 Teaspoon
  • Cloves/Lavangalu/Lavanga-4
  • Cinnamon/Dalchina Chekka/Chekke-1 Inch
  • Cardamom/Elakkaya/Yelakki-1
  • Star Anise/Anasa Puvvu/-1
  • Biryani Leaves/Bay Leaf/Biryani Aaku/Biryani Yele-2
  • Turmeric Powder/Pasupu/Arshina-1 Teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder-2 Tablespoons
  • Coriander Powder/Dhaniyala Podi/Dhaniya Pudi-1 Teaspoon
  • Cumin Powder/Jeelakarra Podi/Jeerige Pudi-1 Teaspoon
  • Garam Masala-1 Teaspoon
  • Biryani Masala-1 Tablespoon
  • Salt-As required
  • Water-5 cups


  1. Soak the soya granules in water for 15 minutes. If you have Soya Chunks* just pulse it in the mixer grinder for 2-3 seconds. Do not over pulse as it may become like flour. Just coarsely pulse it and add in water. After 15 Minutes drain and keep aside.
  2. Wash Basmati rice thoroughly and soak it for 30 minutes. After 30 Minutes drain and keep aside. Place in the colander so that the water is drained completely.
  3. Meanwhile, finely chop half the Onion and keep it aside. Then julienne or chop the remaining onion into lengthwise.
  4. Finely chop the tomatoes, and slit the green chillies and keep them aside.
Procedure for Soya Granules Pulao
  1. In an electric cooker on cooking mode heat oil and clarified butter, add Cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and biryani leaf fry for 1 minute.
  2. Once fried, add ginger-garlic paste, fry for two more minutes or until the raw smell goes off.
  3. Now add onion that is cut julienne, turmeric powder and fry until translucent and brown. Then add finely chopped onion and fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Once onions turn brown, add slit green chillies and saute for a while and add tomatoes and cook until mushy.Soya Pulao Steps 1-4
  5. Once tomatoes are cooked well add drained soya granules, salt, chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, biryani masala and fry well until oil oozes out.
  6. Now add drained basmati rice, mix well gently for a minute.
  7. Add 5 cups of water, check for salt and add if required.Soya Pulao Steps 5-8
  8. Switch on cooking mode (if not, as it comes automatically to keep warm mode) and cook until it comes to keep warm mode.Soya Pulao Step 9
  9. Once it comes to keep warm mode, do not disturb for 10-15minutes. Then mix well and serve hot.

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