Monday, 18 October 2010

Vegetable rice with soya

Soya is a good source of protein. Soya chunks taste like meat and it can be used in reicpes like cutlet, vegetable kurma, rice.
1. Basmati Rice - 3cups
2. Carrot - 100gms
3. Peas - 100gms
4. Soya chunks - 15
5. Ginger+garlic+green chilly(1or 2) paste - 2tsp
6. Chilly + coriander powder -1 1/2tsp
7. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
8. Onion -3
9. Tomato -3
10. Cardamom -3
11. Cloves -5
12. Cinnamon -1(1inch piece)
13. Star anise - 1
14. Fennel - 1tsp
15. Bay leaf -1
16. Oil - 1/4 cup
17. Juice of 1/2 a lemon.
18. Mint leaves - 5 -10(optional)
19. Coriander leaves - 1tbsp

1. Heat oil, add the spices from cardamom to bay leaf.
2. Add thinly sliced onions, saute until they are pink and soft, add chopped tomatoes, stir and after it is cooked add ginger,garlic and chilly paste.
3. After a minute add finely chopped carrot, peas and soya chunks (soak soya chunks in hot water for 15 minutes, rinse in cold water, squeeze out water completely and add to the recipe)mix well.
4. Add chilly+coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, stir well. Sprinkle little water, cover the vessel and cook the vegetables.
5. When the vegetables are cooked add 6 cups of water to the thick masala (if there is liquid in the masala adjust the amount of water) and bring it to a boil.
6. When it begins to boil add  the basmati rice (washed and soaked for 30 minutes), chopped mint and coriander leaves, lemon juice and mix well.
7. when the rice begins to boil, cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat and place some heavy weight on top of the lid(to prevent letting out steam). Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
8. Open after 5 to 10 minutes and serve with raita, chicken or  potato kurma.

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