Soy Chunks Pulav

Soy chunks is called “soya meat” in Sri Lanka due to its texture and probably taste.  Soya meat is normally used to make curries, cutlets etc.  Since I am a vegetarian, I thought to make a pulav out of soya meat which is quite high in protein.  To make a non veg pulav, you can replace soya meat with meat like chicken or goat.


  • 1 cup dried soy chunks
  • Hot water to soak soy chunks
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot scraped
  • ½ cup green beans chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 strand curry leaves
  • 4 – 5 cloves
  • 2, ½ inch cinnamon pieces
  • 2 – 3 whole cardamom
  • About 10 – 12 cashews chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable pulav mix (I used the powdered one)
  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)


  • Cook rice either in a rice cooker or stove top or pressure cooker and set aside
  • Soak soy chunks in hot water for about 10 minutes
  • Squeeze water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to skillet and fry soy chunks until they are crispy.  Set aside
  • To the same skillet add ½ tablespoon canola oil and add green beans and stir fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cabbage and fry for another 5 minutes
  • Add carrots, pulav mix and fry for another 3 – 4 minutes and set aside
  • To the same skillet add ghee and add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom pods, cashew, raisins, curry leaves and fry for about 2 – 3 minutes
  • Add cooked vegetables, cooked rice and mix well on very low flame
  • Add salt to taste

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