Thursday, 22 November 2012

soya chunks pilav: what is the difference between pilav, fried rice and biriyani? Kukskitchen

As promised here is my soya chunks pilav made using left over stir fried soya chunks recipe.

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What is pilav / fried rice / biriyani?

Pilaf or pilav or pulav, is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth.The English term pilaf is borrowed directly from Turkish, palov, which in turn comes from Persian polow (پلو), and ultimately derives from Sanskrit pulāka- (पुलाक), "lump of boiled rice". We know it, everything gains their origin from india :-).

In India pilav is mostly prepared in a coconut milk broth.

Fried rice, on the other hand is a popular component of Southeast Asian cuisine, where it is staple as Southeast Asian foods. It is made from steamed rice stir-fried in a wok, often with other ingredients, such as eggs, vegetables, and meat.

Biryani or biriyani ( Malayalam: ബിരിയാണി, Kannada: ಬಿರಿಯಾನಿ, Tamil: பிரியாணி, Hindi: बिरयानी, Telugu: బిర్యాని, Urdu: بریانی) is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n) (بریان) which means "fried" or "roasted".

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Soya chunks Pilav

The first step is to prepare the soya chunks stir fry. I used half of the above recipe to prepare my pilav.


1 - Rice - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups (+another 1/4 cup if using coconut milk powder)

2 - Soya chunks stir fry - half of the above recipe

3 - Coconut milk -  1/2 cup or coconut milk powder - 2 tbsp dissolved in 1/4 cup of water


- In a microwavable pot add rice with water, coconut milk and soya chunks stir fry.

- Mix well and cook in microwave at full power for 20 minutes or till all the water is absorbed.

- Mix well again as u will find some of the soya chunks find their way at the top. Mix so that all the flavours are combined.

- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita, popadoms and spicy keralan pickles.

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  1. Adipoli biriyani with soya chunks.

  2. Very informative post dear....tq

  3. Nice write up, ur pilav tempting me!!!
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  4. yummy pilav with soya chunks...:)


  5. U have beautiful place... Keep rocking...

  6. very informative post...biriyani looks delicious..

  7. yummy pilav with soya chunks

  8. soya in its best way to have it!! Luv this recipe too...:)

  9. slurp...looks very tempting...

  10. Well written, pulao looks incredible and delicious.

  11. Loved the interesting write up Sherin :) Most people would have got a clear idea by now... Soya chunks Pilaf sounds yum dear :)
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  12. Interesting and lovely click :)

  13. Had this Bririyani once during lent time and they are really a good substitute for meat and tastes just like meat!!! Moreover they are easy to prepare when compared to meat biriyani.
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  14. Looks Delicious.Nice explanation..

  15. I hve just started to learn cooking..Was looking for pulav recipe with soya..Happy to stop by your blog..Following you..:)


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An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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