Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tomato Rice with Soya Chunks

Its been really busy the last couple of days as my mom is here for a really short time. I am trying to spend as much time as possible with her and trying to get some traditional recipes too :) I am really sorry if I am not able to comment on all the posts, but will be back with some great recipes next week, some that my mom made. In the mean time, I would like to repost this rice recipe for the JFI event, hosted by Sharmi, and who very sweetly allowed me to send this as an entry although it was already posted before. Thanks Sharmi!

Yesterday was a lazy day for me...for some reason I was just not in the mood for elaborate cooking, so I turned towards one of my favourite comfort foods, 'Tomato Rice'. This easy to make rice is my mom's recipe. She used to make this very often and used to add this special ingredient which I really grew to love-- 'Soya chunks'
or 'Nutrinuggets' as we used to call them. They are healthy, full of protein and go very well with rice. This rice recipe soon became a favorite with my friends too. Every time we had a sleepover and we were cooking together, 'Tomato Rice with Soya chunks' would always be on the menu. After I got married, I introduced it to my husband, and now he is also a big fan.
I normally use Nutrela for this recipe. Sometimes I find that people are not comfortable with the whole chunks in the rice. Simple solution would be to soak them, and then chop them into little pieces before adding them to the rice. Alternatively, you can use readymade Soy Granules. This is an extremely tasty and filling dish. Pair it off with some 'Boondi Raita' and you have a quick and satisfying meal for those lazy weekdays or weekends, where you just want to sit back and relax!

Ingredients: (serves 2)
Basmati rice 1 1/4 cups
Onion chopped into slices 1 medium sized
Chopped Tomato 1 big or 2 small
Garlic clove finely chopped 1
Chopped Cilantro couple of sprigs
Green chilli slit into half lengthwise 1
Soya chunks soaked in water for at least 25- 30 mins
Black peppercorns 3-4
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 1 tbsp
Water 2 1/2 cups


Soak the Soya chunks in water for at least 20 -25 minutes. Wash the rice and keep aside. In a pressure cooker pan, heat the oil. Once the oil is ready, add the black peppercorns to it. Fry for a minute or so and then add the chopped onions. Fry till they turn translucent and then add the chopped garlic. Next go in the chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Once the tomatoes are cooked a little, mix in the washed rice. Fry the rice till it turns slightly pinkish in colour. Make sure to keep stirring, or else it will burn. Now add water to this. To make such kind of rice/pulav, always add water exactly double the quantity of rice. This way, you will always have well cooked rice without it getting mushy due to extra water. Now add the soya chunks, salt, cayenne pepper and garam masala (You can finely mince the soya chunks and add if you don't like the texture). Throw in the green chilli halves. Mix well and put on the pressure cooker lid. Cook for 2 whistles. Enjoy hot with a raita of your choice!


Asha said...

I tried Soya chunks once,can't say I kied it, but I love Tomato rice though:)

Sharmi said...

I love the soya chunks in my rice. I too have a similar recipe in my blog. your version looks lovely. Have a great time with your mom.

Jeena said...

Hi nice recipe it looks lovely. :)

TheCooker said...
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TheCooker said...

My Aai used soya chunks quite often.
For some reason I haven't used them at all. Will try now.
I'm glad you liked bread+gluten. Thanks for letting me know

Coffee said...

I don't think this post has showed up on food blog desam..... I came over to ask you how come haven't seen anything from you in a long time and there I see a post by you! Checked on FBD but its no there! You might want to let them know....

Tomato rice with soya is a good combo. :)

Tee said...

Asha, Thanks! Do try out the soy won't notice them.

Thanks sharmi!

Thanks Jeena!

TC, do try it out, it is a very comforting dish.

Thanks Coffee! How sweet of you...I am also wondering why it did not show up on FBD, will mail them and try to see if anything can be done.

Richa said...

hey, take it easy & enjoy the time with ur mom, come back with renewed vogir & some yummy recipes :) blogging ani commenting sathi jast tension gheoo nako ;)

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Namratha said...

I love soya chunks, reminds me of boarding school where we were served soya chunks atleast twice every month:) It's been a real long time since I had them, I will try this recipe. Interesting combo - tomato rice and soya chunks.

Vcuisine said...

Tee, this is a perfect entry for the event. Viji

Athika said...

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Ramya said...

thats good entry and i love the chunks.u know my daughter just grabs all the pieces from the rice.have a nice time with ur mom.

Hima said...

That is an awesome looking tomato rice. Excellent recipe.

Laavanya said...

How did I miss this post of yours? I was checking back every now and then wondering where you are.. aah so your mom is here.. have fun! :)

I love soychunks and this combination is really good. Nice entry Tee.

Pragyan said...

Nice to see a Nutrela recipe. I love these but anytime I cook them myself, it turns out weird :( Will try out your recipe soon. Thanks!