It’s a protein rich rice preparation made with tomatoes and soy nuggets. It’s cooked with Indian spices and basmati rice, Very flavorful and appetizing dish!
When your hubby demands for something, you gotta make it for him! Atleast that is the motto I follow at home. But then don’t we all? 😉 As rightfully said, a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and that is universal. My man is an avid foodie and it was purely a coincidence of sorts that I became a food blogger. There are days when he tells me what he wants to eat and I make it and there are also days when he has no say! We have worked out a system between us. Weekdays are for me and weekends are for him. So while I make all healthy meals during the week, weekends are reserved for all his whims and fancies which I amend to.
KR loves the Soya Pulav that I normally make. However it had been awhile since I had made this dish. He had been asking me to make this pulav for a some time now. I promised him that I would make it the following weekend. So he was expectantly looking forward to this weekend. Cute right?! Since any rice preparation is mostly served with raita, I decided to make Beets & Peanuts Raita to serve as an accompaniment with this Tomato Soy Rice Pilaf. This menu was like a double whammy for him since he loves all kinds of raita as well.
As you all may know by now (if you have been a regular reader here), we both are rice lovers. Being South Indians, rice is in fact our staple diet. Our parents and forefathers have eaten rice all their life. And that time it was only white rice. Brown and other colors were unheard of back then. Those were the days when we would white rice guilt-free. Now being conscious of our health, we have switched to brown rice. However we prefer to enjoy white rice recipes in the weekends occasionally. Rice is the one of the most versatile ingredient. There are so many variations one can do using it. But if you love pulav/pilaf/biryani, then you must check out these amazing recipes – Saffron Rice, Traditional Curd Rice, Green Peas Pulav, Spicy Paneer Biryani, Oriental Egg Fried Rice served with a Fried Egg, Egg Biryani and Sesame flavored Rice.
Vegans and vegetarians do not consume meat and meat products, which makes them look for alternatives to meet their nutritional needs. Soy chunks are made from soy beans and they work well as meat substitutes. They come in the form of regular chunks, mini chunks and granules, and can be used in many recipes. The nutritional value is similar to meat. We too use Soy in our food. Some recipes with soy in it are Soya Mushroom Subzi, Protein Pulav and Soyflakes French Toast. These nuggets when cooked are soft, chewy and juicy. They yield great results when mixed with rice. Hence we love Soya Pulav the most. However this time, I wanted to give it a twist.
The flavors of tomato juice infused into the soy nuggets makes it more juicy and palatable. First make a paste of garlic, ginger, green chillies and almonds and set aside. Boil soy nuggets in water with salt and turmeric powder. Drain and squeeze out the soy chunks and keep aside. Heat ghee in a pan. Temper mustard and cumin seeds. Then add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent. Next add the ground paste and cook it till the raw smell goes away. Add tomatoes and tomato puree along with salt. Saute it till the tomatoes are cooked.
Tomato Soy Rice Pilaf is now ready. The rice should be fluffy and the grains should be separated. All the masala should be well coated to the soy chunks and rice. That is the true essence of pilaf.
- 2 cups cooked basmati rice
- 1 packet soy nuggets
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- Half inch ginger
- 3-4 green chillies
- 5-6 almonds
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 4 tbsp tomato puree
- 1/2 tbsp chilly powder
- Salt as required
- Cilantro for garnish (optional)
- First make a paste of garlic, ginger, green chillies and almonds and set aside. Boil soy nuggets in water with salt and turmeric powder. Drain and squeeze out the soy chunks and keep aside. Heat ghee in a pan. Temper mustard and cumin seeds. Then add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent. Next add the ground paste and cook it till the raw smell goes away. Add tomatoes and tomato puree along with salt. Saute it till the tomatoes are cooked.
- Add seasonings like Homemade Turmeric Powder and chilly powder. Then add the soy chunks and cooked basmati rice. Give it all a good mix. Adjust salt as required. Garnish with cilantro if you want to.
- Tomato Soy Rice Pilaf is now ready.
- The rice should be fluffy and the grains should be separated. All the masala should be well coated to the soy chunks and rice. That is the true essence of pilaf.
This rice dish is very tempting and aromatic. The basmati flavor along with the juicy soy chunks makes this a hearty meal. Pack this in your lunch box or serve it for brunch at your next family gathering, this pilaf is sure to be loved by all.
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