Soya Chunks-Vegetable Pulao

Over the past few months, I have increased the usage of soya based products in my cooking even though my family isn’t very fond of soya. Knowing the immense health benefits soya offers in terms of nutrients, dietary protein and fibre, especially for growing children, I always look for ways to incorporate it in my toddlers diet.

I learnt that to achieve the full potency of soya, its best to combine it with other foods and vegetables and it also ensures a complete balanced diet. While preparing the dough for rotis, I add a few tbsps of soya flour to the wheat flour and use soya chunks to prepare manchurian like chicken or vegetable manchurian.

Another way, I incorporate soya in the diet, is by preparing vegetable pulao using soya chunks, mixed vegetables and fried bread cubes. The first time I prepared this pulao, I was a bit weary about my toddler eating it, but to my relief, both father and son duo, asked for a second helping of this nutritious pulao. So Mama is happy to share this healthy rice dish with you today 🙂

This is also my entry to FMR #6 – For The Love Of Rice hosted by Paz.

Soya Chunks Vegetable Pulao Recipe

Recipe source: Own experiment

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts, soaking of rice: 15 mts

Serves 6 persons



3 cups basmati rice – washed and soaked in water for 15 mts

1 cup dried soya chunks – washed and boiled in water till soft

2-3 tbsp ghee

1 tsp shah jeera

2 bay leaves

2 big onions finely sliced

1 tbsp grated ginger

3-4 green chillies slit length wise

1 cup chopped mixed vegetables like beans, green peas, carrots or potatoes

½ tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste

3-4 tbsps of fresh mint leaves (pudina)

3 cups of freshly extracted coconut milk

2 ½ cups water

2-3 tbsps lemon juice

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

3-4 bread slices (cubed and lightly fried in ghee) – optional

8-10 cashewnuts (lightly roasted in ghee till golden brown)

For Masala Powder (lightly dry roast in a pan and grind to a fine pwd)

2 green cardamoms

4 cloves

2” cinnamom stick

3-4 pepper corns

1/4 tsp fennel seeds (optional)

1 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1-2 dry red chillis

1 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.
2 Add the mixed vegetables and on medium heat, let them cook. Add salt and keep covered for 4-5 mts.
3 Add turmeric pwd, masala pwd and combine well. Stir fry for a minute.
4 Add the cooked soya chunks and keep covered for 2 mts. Add the mint leaves and combine.
5 Add the coconut milk, let it come to a boil, reduce heat and add the water. Bring to a boil again.
6 Add the drained basmati rice and mix well. Add salt, if required, at this stage. Reduce heat to medium and let it cook covered with lid.
7 Finally, once the rice and vegetables are cooked, add the lemon juice, fried bread cubes, fried cashewnuts and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
8 Serve with raita, mixed vegetable curry or chicken curry.


The above spices measurements can be categorised as medium spice. You can increase the use of green chillis, cloves, pepper and dry red chillis, if you want a spicer pulao. I have used less spice to suit my toddler’s palate. If you dont have a coconut on hand, replace the coconut milk with water, but the flavor of pulao will differ.

Soya Chunks-Vegetable Pulao

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  soya chunks


  • Murali K

    Very Tasty!!!


  • sudha vinodh

    Sailu, what a coincident, i have just post veg biriyani, and here i see a veg pulao…Yummy..

    Yes, and its my entry for FMR – For the love of Rice too..:)

  • RP

    Sailu, the pulao sounds yummy. It is a wise idea to add soya flour to the wheat flour to make chapathis. I will do it. By the way, did you get my email?

    Yes, RP, there is hardly any change in flavor too. I have replied to your email, RP.

  • Archana

    Hi Sailu,
    Nice photos. Thank you for the recipe.

    Your welcome, Archana.

  • Priya

    Looks Delicious Sailu ! I love rice too and this is just perfect for FMR – Rice. Cant wait to try this and chicken masala , but sadly dont have cashews and soy chunks in my pantry. So shall buy them this weekend and try it soon.
    Ur pictures are so gorgeous and you have such mouthwatering recipes, SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE !!!!

    Your too kind, Priya..:):). Do try out the recipes and let me know how they turned out.

  • Tanuja

    Hi sailu,
    wow yummy healthy pulao,I use soy chunks to make curry or add it to any other veggie never tried to mix with pulao will try this,thanks for sharing this dish.

    Hope you like the dish, Tanuja..:)

  • shilpa

    Sailu,Pulav looks divine.Thanks for the recipe.

    Your welcome, Shilpa.

  • Arjuna

    Great pictures Sailu!! My mom always made this over the weekends!

    Thank you, Arjuna. Dont you make this dish at home in US?

  • Paz

    How delicious sounding, but best of all healthy. Thanks, Sailu, for sharing this with us!


    Your welcome, Paz. Look forward to the FMR round up..:)

  • Puspha

    Beautiful pix. This is a health bomb!!!

    Sure is, Pushpa..:):)

  • Radha

    Hi Sailu,

    Once again with a delicious dish, oh i am drooling all over. I must tell u that your family is lucky to have you coz you make such great dishes… hmmm yummy!

    I try to cook healthy, Radha.

  • Ravi

    Great recipe, will this work with tofu?

    Sure, why not, Ravi ?!

  • santhi

    Have not made this in years 🙂
    Would you mind if I ask you what kind of Camera r u using???

    I use a Sony cybershot (digi cam), Santhi.

  • krithika

    Your picture is forcing me to try this. My mother is a big fan of soya chunks. I have never made this in the US.

    All the more you should try it ..:):):)

  • Priya

    Hi Sailu,
    The pulao looks great. I have never attempted to make pulao with Soy Chunks, always tried it in curries. My mom uses the nutrela granules (not chunks) in most of her everyday curries..and I continued that. Will try ur recipe soon :-)…and ya I just loveeeeeeeeeeeeee fried bread pieces in Pulao and Tomato soup 🙂

    Priya, I use nutrela soya granules for curries as well..:)

  • shynee

    What a coincidence, I have my Soya masala posted and here you have your soya pulao…may be i cd try this recipe too to make my anti-soya husband eat soya!

    I am sure you can get him to eat it, Shynee..:). My husband and toddler enjoyed it (btw they are not fond of soya)

  • Swati

    Hi Sailu,
    i tried Soya Chunks vegetable pulao, must say it was great. even my husband liked it very much. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe.


    Your most welcome, Swati. I am glad you and your hubby enjoyed it..:)

  • Praveena

    I love this recipe and have made it several times so I know all the pictures and recipe by heart. I thought I should mention to you that as your presentation is so great, others are envious. Go to and next to Veg Recipes you will see your picture. Great work but hate to see you work copied.

  • Dev

    hey, I just saw the 1st pic in this post on…:)

    Yes, I am aware of it. Its a shame that a reputed site like sify can resort to plagiarism. Thanks for informing me, Dev.

  • Vee

    Sailu neat blog, I’ve become one major food blog-aholic over the past month or so. About your recipe, can I reduce the amount of coconut milk (trying to eat healthy, see) by half or even more? Will that really affect the taste? How about milk as a substitute?
    Do let me know, as I want to try it this weekend. Oh I have a hanful of mint that will go bad soon so can I add the whole thing?


    Yes, Vee, coconut milk can be reduced by more than half and replace with milk. Add more milk and a few tbsps coconut milk. Regarding mint, “the whole thing” – how much do you mean by that? You can add 15-20 leaves. Hope this helps. Thanks for dropping by.:)

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  • Anna


    We are vegetarians and I also try to use soy granules to the vegetables, snacks like upma or poha and even in paratha stuffing you can hardly see them if anybody is fed up of eating soy chunks. You never know when your family get bored of seeing soy chunks in every dish. But at the same time, I was can you make soy granules from soy chunks at home? This time I went to the store and it was sold but I did get soy chunks.

    If anybody knows please email me at I would appreciate it.


  • Swati


    My husband likes soya chunks a lot.. & so I need to try its new recipe every time… I am happy, I found your recipe.. It looks absolutely mouth watering… I am planning to make it today to give him surprise.. I hope it comes out well too….. & he likes it 🙂 . Can you please share any other recipe of soya chunks, if possible. I would love to try it. Any ways, great job !!! Keep it up.


  • padmajaprasad

    Hi sailu,
    I have tried soya chunks pulav checking in ur site, it really came well and my husband and son loved it, me too. Can i try the same recipe with chicken or mutton without adding soya chunks?

    Yes, you can try with chicken/mutton too.

  • Tharangini

    Hello Sailaja.

    I tried out this recipe and it had come out great. Thanks for the wonderful recipe with soyachunks. My family likes it so much and had prepared it for a party last weekend and everyone liked it a lot. I vist your site almost daily now a days to check out your recipes. They are awesome and easy to prepare.

  • Mahima

    Hi Sailu,
    I prepared the pulav with out soy chunks based on your ingredients measurements. I am able to make the pulav very well for the first time with great taste. Thanks for all those recipes.
    I am lloking for one recipe which I could not able to find in any food blog, i.e the red tomato pickle which is served along with breakfast(with Idli, Dosa) in restaurants. If you know that recipe could you please give me ingredients for that recipe.

  • Kavita

    Hi Sailu,
    Can i use Normal milk instead of coconut milk.

    Yes, reduce the quantity of normal milk (as a substitute for coconut milk)

  • Harini

    I was looking for a one pot meal for mbp – Got a really good one! I do not generally use coconut milk and croûtons, but will try it this time!

  • Rashmi

    this used be one of my favs as a kid..thanks for the detailed recipe:)

  • ramya

    Hi Sailu,
    This is ramya. I love ur site. But i am sad to say that a site named cusine masti has this particular photo in their site. u can check this out at or

    all the pics are copied and modified.

    please do check.


  • deepti

    Hi Sailu,
    I just tried this recipe today and it has come out really well. Love the flavor and taste. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Jyothi

    Hi Sailu,
    Iam new to your site,the pulao looks great. I have never tried to make pulao with Soy Chunks.I will try to make each and every dish
    Pics are really gud.


  • Ashwini

    Pulao looks great. I was about to make veg pulao!!!!
    I luv Ur pics.

    I have also opened a south indian recipe blog


  • Suba

    Hi Sailu,

    Ever since i heard about this blog through my friend who is in U.S i am a regular visitor and keeping checking your site for updates and recipes.

    I have been making Pulav until now with not much of success because it doesnt come like this with each rice grains separately. Also is it not required to add tomatoes? by the way what is Shah jeera (bear my ignorance)…..

    Shah jeera is black cumin seeds or caraway seeds usually used for flavoring rice dishes like pulaos. Tomatoes are optional, Suba. Maybe yiou are adding more water than required while preparing pulao. For basmati or long grained rice, less water is required.

  • Deepthi

    Yummy…thanks sailu…
    i tried many of ur recipes..they are so delicious…
    ur site is d best..

  • Sona

    One of the best vigge soya pulao i ever had. my husband loved it. Thank you for such a delecious recipe.

  • Konkani Foodie

    The pulao looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing it. You have a great blog. I usually visit your blog to decide what to cook for dinner !!

  • divya

    Today i got the chance for preparing this delicious pulao. it turned out delicious. my husband doesn’t like soya chunks, he too enjoyed today and there was no leftovers on his plate. thank u.

  • shylaja S

    Hi Shailu, Great recipe! I prepared it today and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us…

  • Saritha

    Thanks Sailu, I have prepared this today and it turned out to be excellent. Thanks for the receipe.

  • Srilakshmi

    Hi Sailu,

    Wow….I tried it day and it came out very delicious…
    thanks for the recipe


  • N33ma

    Hi Sailu,

    My friends and I have been making this recipe for a while now and we love it.Its very delicious and healthy too.Thanks.

  • Beatrice

    Awesome will try this Sailu! This recipe needs no cooker and rice steamers,,,,,,, i believe the big pot can be used to cook and serve many! what are the do and donts I should take care of while cooking rice with these ingredients in a heavy bottom pan, other than cooker. What should we take care to prevent the stickiness of rice due to the moisture and the burned bottoms with rice sticking on to the vessel whenever i try this happens to me.
    I will try this with your directions!!!!!!!!!

  • Harshada

    Hey Sailu,

    The Pulav was a major Hit for Lunch today. The Soy chunks & the fried bread were a fantastic addition. Glad I stumbled upon your Blog. Keep up the scrumptious work!

    Cheers mate!

  • saby

    very sweet mother u r.. beautiful recipe.. will definitely try it 🙂

    thank u 😀

  • Indu


    nice recipe 🙂 Try it out …… big hit!!! Thanks a ton 🙂

  • Sahasra

    Thanks Shailu !! for sharing your wonderful recipes . Wish you and your family Happy Sankranti .I tried your “Soya Chunks Vegetable Pulao Recipe” today on special occation and everyone in my family really loved it.

  • Vani

    Hi Sailu,

    I love your website and your dishes so….. much.Nice work. Can we just use gram masala powder from the store for this recipe.I don’t have all the spices mentioned there in. If so, in what quantity(tsps).Could you please clarify. Thank you.

    • Sailu

      Yes, you can use store bought garam masala powder. Use 3/4 tsp for the above recipe.

  • preetha

    I would ike to know if we have to use a pressure cooker or a normal hard bottom kadai?
    and how much of water do we have to soak the basmathi rice in?

  • Meena

    Tried Came out really well.Thanks

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  • Supriya

    Sailu, I have tried this recipe so many times but failed . The taste is superb but my rice doesnt look so dry and separate like yours . What am i doing wrong ?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Try reducing the water by 1/4 cup the next time you make it. If using ordinary rice, soak in water for 15 mts. If using basmati, no need to soak. For basmati rice, 1 cup rice, add 3/4 cup water.

  • Supriya

    Sailu, I have tried this recipe so many times but failed . The taste is superb but my rice doesnt look so dry and separate like yours . What am i doing wrong ?

  • Rikki Tikki

    I made this yesterday and it was so delicious that I had to come back to the site and thank you for the recipe. I made one small change which was to marinate the boiled soya chunks in yoghurt with red chilli powder, a little haldi, ginger, garlic and salt. The result – fantastic

  • Neha Shastri

    Fantastic taste Sailu! I made this today and it came out very nicely just like we get it in parties(made by professionals) san oil.thanks for sharing his wonderful recipe,Also thanks to Rkki for suggesting soya marination,I did that too. keep writing…chao..

  • Smitha

    I have made this pulao numerous times and every time it turns out fabulous. I did make few changes like omitting coconut milk and bread crumbs but the final result has always been drool worthy. Thank you Sailu for such wonderful recipes.

  • Lakshmi

    Can i try paneer instead of soy ?