18 Oct 2017

Palak Soya Pulao

During school days it's really difficult for me to include greens in my children's diet since they don't like taking it to school so I make this palak pulao which tastes great and I have the satisfaction of including green leafy vegetables in their diet! Off late, I have started adding soya, lobia or paneer to the palak pulao I pack for them. Makes it more nutritious - iron and protein packed and they don't complain!

Palak Soya Pulao

Preparation time 15 mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 3


  • Palak (spinach) - 1 bunch
  • Soya (meal maker) - 1/2 cup
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1, sliced
  • Green chilli - 3
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Coriander leaves - few chopped
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
Whole spices
  • Oil / ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cloves - 3
Palak Soya Pulao

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Palak Soya Pulao

1. In a saucepan, heat enough water to soak the soya nuggets. Add 1 tbsp milk and heat until it starts boiling. Switch off.
2. Now add the soya to the water, submerge all the soya nuggets and let it soak for 20-30 minutes. The soya chunks will double in size. 

3. Wash the soya in running water and squeeze out the excess water. Wash 2 or 3 times, squeeze out the excess water completely and keep the soya in a bowl.
4. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 minutes.

5. Wash the palak leaves and add a little water and grind it along with a green chilli. Set aside.
6. In a pressure pan, heat the oil and add the cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and cardamom. Fry for a few minutes.

7. Add the sliced onions and green chillies. Add some salt and saute until the onions turn translucent.
8. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell leaves.

9. Add the palak puree and garam masala. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes.
10. Add the soya. Drain the rice and add it in, add the remaining water and mix well.

11. Check for salt, add more if needed. Add the lemon juice and mix well.

12. Add the chopped coriander leaves and close the cooker. 
13. Cook for 2 whistles. Open the cooker when the pressure settles and fluff it up.

Palak Soya Pulao

1. To grind the palak leaves, I used little water from the total 2 cups of water used. 
2. Instead of soya, you can use lobia or rajma.

Until next time,
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