Soya Biryani Recipe [Video]

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Soya Biryani is a spicy vegan layered rice dish made with nutritious soya chunks, mixed vegetables and fragrant long grained Basmati Rice.


If you love Biryani, you have arrived at the right place. This Soya Biryani is meaty, spicy and fragrant and perfect when you crave carbs and something spicy. 

To be honest, I am not a Biryani fanatic like a lot of my friends. While a lot of my friends can eat biryani for every meal, I'm usually the one who refuses to accompany them and I'd rather settle for a simple meal of roti and a dry sabzi with lots of fresh coconut. But I enjoy the spicy indulgence occasionally, especially on a real bad work day or on Sundays, when I have all the time in the world to give to the Biryani.

This Biryani recipe is my go-to recipe. I've made it with raw jackfruit, with mixed vegetables and with mushrooms, changing it ever so slightly at times. When I have ghee at home, I use that instead of the oil. When in mood, I use sour yogurt instead of tomatoes. But I keep the spicy masala the same, for the simple reason, because it works!!

While there are good instant biryani recipes, to make the best Biryani, you need to give it love and time. You need to coax out the flavor of the spices by gently cooking them in oil. The tomatoes need to soften and come together with the spices. The birista or the fried brown onions needs their own time to crisp up and develop the flavor. While you may not miss much if you leave these steps out, but you will love it when you make it with patience.

Spicy Soya Biryani made with soya chunks, mix vegetables and basmati rice

This Biryani uses mini soy chunks as the main ingredient. Since soya chunks are porous and meaty, they absorb the flavors of the spices perfectly. Cook the soya nuggets or chunks as described on the packet or just soak them in hot water and squeeze out the water to use them. 

This Soya Biryani can be prepped in advance - the birista can be made much in advance and store it in a air tight jar until you need to use it, the vegetables can be parboiled the previous day, the rice can be washed and cooked the previous night as well. And if you know you are going to be stretched for time the day you want to make Biryani, make the masala - until you cook the tomatoes, in advance and store it in the fridge. The oil and salt will preserve the masala well. Add the vegetables and soya chunks on the day you want to make the biryani.

Biryani is best served with raita and if you like more spice, then salan.

Spicy Soya Biryani made with soya chunks, mix vegetables and basmati rice

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Soya Biryani Recipe


Spicy Soya Biryani made with soya chunks, mix vegetables and basmati riceSoya Biryani is a vegan layered spicy rice dish made with nutritious soya chunks and mixed vegetables cooked in a spicy tomato masala and fragrant basmati rice.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     60 minutes
Total time:     90 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3

Ingredients:


1 cup raw Basmati Rice
0.75 cup mini Soya Chunks
1 small Carrot
5 green Beans
1 medium Potato
1 large Onion
2 medium Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
3 Tbsp fried Onions (Birista)
3.5 Tbsp Oil
0.5 cup Mint leaves (Pudina)
0.5 cup Coriander leaves (Dhania Patta)
1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera)
2 Green Cardamom
3 Cloves
0.5" Cinnamon
0.5 tsp Stone Flower (Dagad phool)
1 tsp Fennel seeds
1 Bay leaf
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
0.5 tsp Coriander Powder
0.5 tsp Cumin Powder
2 tsp Biryani Powder or 1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. Wash the basmati rice 5-6 times until the water runs clear. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
2. In the mean while, chop the carrot, beans and potato into chunks and parboil them with a little salt.
3. Soak the soya chunks in hot water for 15 minutes and squeeze out the water once soft. Or cook the soya chunks as instructed on the packet.
4. Boil 1.5 cups of water in a pan and add a pinch of salt to it.
5. Drain the basmati rice and add to water. Cover and cook on low to medium heat until the rice is almost done. Remove from heat and fluff the rice when slightly cool.
6. Roughly crush the green cardamom, cloves, stone flower, fennel seeds and cinnamon.
7. Heat 3 Tbsp oil and add the caraway seeds.
8. Add the roughly crushed spices and bay leaf and fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
9. Add chopped onion and ginger garlic paste. Saute until the onions are browned.
10. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes.
11. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, biryani masala or garam masala powder and salt and mix well.
12. Cook on low heat until the tomatoes are soft. Adjust salt or spices as required.
13. Add the soya chunks, parboiled carrots, beans and potato. Mix well and cook for 5-6 minutes.
14. In a clean non stick kadhai, spread out half the cooked masala.
15. Layer half the basmati rice on the masala.
16. Top with half of the chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and the fried onions (birista).
17. Sprinkle a little salt and add 0.5 tsp of oil.
18. Layer the remaning soya masala.
19. Layer the remaining rice.
20. Top with the remaining chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves, and fried onions.
21. Sprinkle a little salt and add the remaining oil.
22. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
23. Mix while serving. Serve hot with raita.

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8 Grilled Vegetarian/Vegan Delights

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A compilation of eight Vegetarian/Vegan grill recipes.



I am bringing to you a Tempting Tuesday post with lots of color and vibrance today. This post is a compilation of eight of my favorite recipes that involve grilling. Late summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and char those beautiful summer vegetables and produce and make a healthy vibrant meal.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bring out that grill!

Vegetarian Souvlaki Rolls [Vegan option available]


Greek flavored grilled vegetables and a zingy yogurt sauce, rolled in your favorite bread.  I highly recommend a garlic naan bread. Just the colors in this dish will brighten up your day. Use vegan yogurt to make the recipe vegan.

How to make vegetable souvlaki recipe, souvlaki gyros, vegetarian souvlaki recipe, vegan souvlaki recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowls [Vegan]


A vibrant summer bowl of spicy grilled Cauliflower, chewy Black Rice, fresh vibrant summer salad all tossed with a mint coriander oil. Rainbow in a bowl!

How to make grilled cauliflower recipe, spicy grilled cauliflower recipe, roasted cauliflower recipe, how to make black rice recipe, summer recipes, one bowl recipes at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich [Vegan]


Grilled Summer vegetables over a bed of mashed ripe avocado on a slice of crusty sourdough bread. Perfect for healthy mornings!

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


Corn Tomato Bharta [Vegan]


Pureed sweet summer tomatoes and sweet corn simmer along with aromatics and spices to make a delicious curry. Serve it up hot with roti, naan or rice.



Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus Rolls [Vegan]


There is no way we are talking about grilling and skipping the eggplant. Thinly sliced eggplant is grilled and rolled with coriander (cilantro) hummus to make finger licking rolls.

How to make grilled aubergine or brinjal hummus rolls at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich [Vegan option available]


Two crusty chunks of rye bread, a generous helping of creamy tartar sauce and the hero - a garlic and chilli marinated slab of Paneer that is grilled to perfection. Oh ya and lettuce too. That's what is in this Grilled Paneer Sub Sandwich. Replace the Paneer with Tofu to make the recipe vegan.

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Instant Paneer Tikka [Vegan option available]


Paneer, Capsicum and Tomato coated in an instant marinade of spices and grilled to make a quick weekday snack. This Paneer Tikka is perfect for the lunch box too. Replace the Paneer with Tofu to make the recipe vegan.

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Bean and Grilled Veggie Burger with Coriander Cashew Sauce [Vegan]


Vegan burger with a patty made from grilled vegetables and red kidney beans and topped with a sauce made from coriander and cashews.

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If you tried these recipes, let me know! Leave a comment here or on Facebook, tag your tweet with @oneteaspoonlife on Twitter and don't forget to tag your photo #oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram. You can also email me at onetspoflife@gmail.com. I'd love to see what you are upto. 

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Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich Recipe

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Grilled Summer vegetables over a bed of mashed ripe avocado on a slice of crusty sourdough bread. Vegan and healthy open Sandwich!

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich

This post is neither inspired by some past incident, my childhood or the weather. This Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich came into being solely because of 2 things - the awesome Sourdough bread and the soft ripe Avocado. 

I get super excited when I find a ripe avocado. I never miss a chance to pick it up. I buy it first and then think of where I can use it. The sourdough is a different story. I was in training for 2 days last week ( hence, I missed posting on Friday) at a hotel. And the hotel's bakery had this amazing looking selection of breads. That is where I picked up this extremely crusty loaf. Crusty bread and ripe avocado, in my head it had to be an open sandwich.

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


There isn't much to hide from in this Sandwich, so it is important you use the best ingredients you can. You can select the veggies you want to grill based on what's available and what you love to eat. I grilled yellow capsicum, red capsicum, broccoli and zucchini. It made my sandwich look vibrant and inviting. The peppers added a nice sweetness to the otherwise savory sandwich. And broccoli, aah, I love grilled broccoli to eat just like that with some salt sprinkled. So I made some extra. The grilled veggies can be used in tacos, burritos and rolls too, so if you have leftovers, it takes care of another meal. 

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


To grill the veggies, I sliced them long and drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil, the good kind, and coated the veggies. Sprinkled salt and pepper, and grilled them in the oven for 20 minutes or until my peppers blistered and browned slightly. If the day is fine, go ahead and use your outdoor grill. This Sandwich is also perfect to assemble at picnics or campfires as far as you have the veggies grilled or a place to grill them on site.

The bread was so good, I really did nothing to it. Just sliced it. To add flavor to the bread, you can toast it with butter or rub it with smashed garlic. I kept the avocado simple too, just a squeeze of line, a pinch of salt and pepper. Sometimes, simple is good.  

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


If you made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment here or on Facebook, tag your tweet with @oneteaspoonlife on Twitter and don't forget to tag your photo #oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram. You can also email me at onetspoflife@gmail.com. I'd love to see what you are upto. 

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Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich Recipe


vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwichGrilled summer vegetables and mashed ripe avocado layered on crusty sourdough bread slice. Vegan open sandwich recipe.

Recipe Type:  Sandwich
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Total time:     35 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


6 slices Sourdough Bread
1 ripe Avocado
1 cup Broccoli florets
0.5 Yellow Capsicum
0.5 Red Capsicum
1 small Zucchini
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Lime Juice
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Method:


1. Slice the capcisum and zucchini into bite sized pieces.
2. Place them in a bowl and add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
3. Lay on a baking sheet and grill in the oven on high for 15-20 minutes until the veggies are slightly charred.
4. Mash the avocado with the lime juice and a pinch of salt.
5. Spread the avocado the sourdough slice and top with grilled veggies. Serve immediately.



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Bangalore Street Style Tomato Puri Chaat Recipe | Tomato Slice Recipe

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Popular Bangalore Street food, made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice.

Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

Do you want something (some what) healthy, that could ignite your taste buds? And how much more convenient would it be if this "healthy-tastebud-igniter" were ready in 15 minutes? 

Awesome!!! Right?

Presenting Tomato Puri or Tomato Slice Chaat, right from the streets of Bangalore. 

This chaat uses tomatoes like canapes. Tomato slices are flavored with sweet and tangy Tamarind-Date Chutney and the fresh and spicy Mint-Coriander Chutney. Top it up with some finely chopped onions, grated carrots and chopped coriander for added crunch. It also makes it almost a salad!! Wait, there are more toppings - the quintessential Sev, the only unhealthy thing out here. Sev is deep fried savory strands made from gram flour and is always present in any chaat. It is available in all super markets/ Indian stores very easily. After the sev, the whole plate is covered with a layer of salted puffed rice or churmuri or murmura.

Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

If you are wondering why this is called "Puri" when there is no wheat and nothing has been deep fried, let me enlighten you my friend. The puri in the Tomato Puri is the puffed rice. Areas around Bangalore refer to it as "Kadle Puri" and hence, the puri since it overshadows the entire plate.

The chaat vendors also make versions where they replace the tomato slices with slices of cucumber. You can try that too, or make a mix of both.

Prep Advice: 
  • Since puffed rice has a tendency to soften when exposed to moisture, I suggest you add it only when you are ready to serve. 
  • The chutneys can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge. The Tamarind-Date Chutney will last several weeks, while the Mint Coriander Chutney stays good for 2-3 days. 


Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice

If you made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment here or on Facebook tag your tweet with @oneteaspoonlife on Twitter and don't forget to tag your photo #oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram. You can also email me at onetspoflife@gmail.com I'd love to see what you are upto.


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Tomato Puri Recipe | Tomato Slice Chaat Recipe


Bangalore Street food made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed ricePopular Bangalore Street food, made by topping tomato slices with a mix of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped off with salted puffed rice. Vegan and healthy tomato canapes recipe.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     0 minutes
Total time:     15 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


2 firm Tomatoes
1 small Onion
0.5 Carrot
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
4 Tbsp Tamarind Date Chutney
4 Tbsp Mint Coriander Chutney
2 cups Puffed Rice
0.5 cup Sev
0.5 Lime
Salt to taste
Chaat Masala to taste

Method:


1. Slice the tomatoes, at least 3mm thick.
2. Finely chop the onions and grate the carrot.
3. Add chopped coriander to the onions and carrot. Squeeze the lime and mix well.
4. Lay out the tomatoes on the plate with no overlap.
5. Sprinkle salt and chaat masala on the tomato slices.
6. Spoon the tamarind date chutney and the mint coriander chutney on each of the tomato slices.
7. Spoon the onion-carrot mix on the tomato slices.
8. Add sev to each of the tomato slices.
9. Add the puffed rice over the tomato slices and serve immediately.
10. Don't let it sit too long, else the puffed rice will soften.


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Bisi Bele Millet Recipe [Video]

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Spicy South Indian one pot main made by simmering millet with lentils (dal), mix vegetables and spice blends. Vegan and healthy.

millet cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices

So, here I am with another Millet recipe. As I mentioned in my last week's post, I'm all on the millet wagon. I'm enjoying discovering these grains and creating recipes with them. I made a Pulao last week with Millet that tasted awesome. Leave me a comment if you want me to post that recipe.

Apart from that, I had a super tiring Saturday and a totally relaxing Sunday, just as I had planned, or not. So the whole saturday was spent gardening. If you are new here, I should let you know I have a small balcony garden where I try to grow vegetables organically. More recently, I've acquired a few flowers and fruit too, but majorly focusing on herbs and vegetables. My okra and chilli plant from last month have germinated and are coming along fine. This Saturday, I've been ambitious and planted daikon radish, beets, french beans, and brinjals. And I'm so excited!!

Sunday was the day I turned a year wiser. I spent it doing absolutely nothing. Breakfast was at Gee's place and lunch at my in law's. Dinner was take out. So all I did was lie around and watch reruns of sitcoms all day long. My dream day, almost. It would be perfect if the day was 48 hours long.

What would be your dream birthday celebration?

millet cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices


millet cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices


So back to my millet wagon, this Bisi Bele Millet is a take on the Bangalore classic, Bisi Bele Bhaat. Bisi Bele Bhaat is a simple one pot main dish made by making a sambar - a curry with lentils and vegetables and adding rice to it and simmering the two together. In today's recipe, I have replaced the rice with millet. I used little millet or samai. Navane or Foxtail Millet can be used too. You can also use Quinoa.

Bisi Bele Millet is a spicy one pot comfort dish that is perfect for those lazy evening when all you are all worked up but cannot be bothered to get a take out. This dish is even easier when you have done all the prep work in advance. The lentils/dal can be cooked and stored in the refrigerator and so can the millet. The vegetables can be diced and stored in the fridge too. So on the night you want to eat the Bisi Bele Millet, just put one pot on the stove and get it going.

Bisi Bele Millet tastes delicious with the traditional topping of spicy boondi. If you aren't vegan, then I highly recommend stirring a teaspoon of ghee or serving it with a side of raita.

millet cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices


If you made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment here or on Facebook tag your tweet with @oneteaspoonlife on Twitter and don't forget to tag your photo #oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram. You can also email me at onetspoflife@gmail.com I'd love to see what you are upto.


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Bisi Bele Millet Recipe


millet cooked with lentils, vegetables and spicesSpicy South Indian one pot main dish made with cooked lentils, millet, mix vegetables and spice blends. Vegan and healthy meal.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


3 cups cooked Little Millet or Samai
2 cups cooked Pigeon Pea lentils or Toor Dal
2 cups mixed chopped Vegetables (Carrots, French Beans, Potato, Kohlrabi)
2 tsp Bisi Bele Bhaat Powder or Sambar Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Salt to taste
Water as required
2 tsp Oil
0.5 tsp Mustard Seeds
10-12 Curry leaves

Method:


1. Boil the diced vegetables until done. You can salt the water if you want.
2. Cook the vegetables until they are done, but not mushy.
3. Add salt, bisi bele bhaat powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and asafoetida. Mix well.
4. Add boiled lentils and mix well. Allow it to come to a rolling boil. Add a little water if it is too thick.
5. Add boiled millet and mix well. Allow it to cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes.
6. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds.
7. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves and immediately pour on the bisi bele millet.
8. Mix well.
9. Serve hot with raita.


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