Green Garlic Rice with Soya Chunks (Meal Maker)

By DK on Mar 12, 2012
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Rice forms part of our day to day diet in some form or the other. Given that we consume it regularly, variety becomes necessary. Since rice is versatile, its not a roadblock for me. The contents of my fridge and pantry decided the kind of rice recipe I am going to make that particular day. I love Green garlic and my local Farmer's market has been carrying them in colorful bunches.
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We are garlic lovers and needless to say, I was v v v happy to see them having never seen them before in any other markets. I was beyond excited and just like I always say - it too made a debut in rice. This simple rice is immensely aromatic - thanks to Green Garlic and Basmati. Its quick to make and is also pleasing to the eye. When your menu boasts of spicy/rich sides, then make these as a filling yet light accompaniment for it. Or when you are short on time but want something appetizing, this is the one to go.
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Soya Chunks (Meal Maker/TVP) was an addition to include protein to the rice. Its optional - you can either leave it or add it any other protein you like.
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my kitchen notes

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Yield: About 3-4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Green Peas (see Tips)
  • 2 large bulbs Green Garlic, sliced (or more of you like)
  • 1/2 cup Soy Chunks (see Tips)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt to taste
Tips
1. Green Peas : I have used Frozen peas for this recipe. But you can use fresh, shelled peas too. In that case, add it along with the onions, so that it can cook along with rice. Or steam them separately and add them towards the end. It also tastes great with dried green peas, soaked overnight and pressure cooked the next day.
2. Soy Chunks: Its also called as Meal maker, Soya crumbles or TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein). I used the Chunks variety that are available in the shape of mini balls, but you can use the crumble variety too.
Method
1
Drop the Soy Chunks in hot water.I usually add it along with the cooking liquid to the rice. But since my husband does not prefer this in big pieces -  I do it separately and chop it down to smaller pieces. Its optional - you can straightaway add it to the rice during cooking time or soak it separately and add it towards the end.
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2
While that's soaking, heat a large pan and add 1-2 tsp. of oil to it. I used 2 tsp. ghee. When hot, add the cumin seeds and onion to it.
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3
After a minut or 2 when the onions are soft, add the sliced green garlic,
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4
along with Basmati Rice. (You can clean and pre soak the rice for 10- minutes for separate strands of rice - optional). Stir for a minute or 2, until it turns slightly reddish brown. You will at this point also get aroma from the basmati and green garlic.
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5
Add 2 cups of water along with salt.
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6
Close the lid and let the rice cook undisturbed for about 10 minutes.
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7
While the rice is cooking, remove the soy chunks from water. They will be now soft and enlarged.
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8
I slice it down into thin slices.
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9
When the rice is 90% cooked (you will find the most of the water has been absorbed), add the frozen peas and the sliced soy chunks to the rice.
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10
Give it a gentle stir to incorporate the ingredients.
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11
Close the lid and let it sit for few more minutes. Slowly fluff the rice.
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Serve it garnished with cilantro, along with any side dish of your choosing. We enjoyed it with Aloo Baingan Subzi (Potatoes and Eggplant Curry)Oats Roti and Beet Greens Dal Nutrela Soy chunks (TVP) Recipe | Green Garlic Recipes
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14 Responses to “Green Garlic Rice with Soya Chunks (Meal Maker)”
  1. As always wonderful read. Thanks for sharing such delicious recipe. It looks really tasty, healthy and delicious. I will surely try this recipe. Please keep posting such delicious recipes.

  2. sushma

    How much time is required for soya to cook

    The soaking time should be in the package of Soya chunks itself. On an average the whole soya chunks takes about 10 minutes in warm water. You know its ready when its fluffed up after soaking in the liquid and is soft to touch. If not soaked, it will be hard in texture when you press it. –DK

  3. sushma

    How long will i have to cook the soya chunks

  4. :roll: i like this receipe very much bcos my husband was very happy when i cooked it, he given me a lovely compliment.

  5. :)
    Hi, I loved this recipe and so did my husband. I used Tukda Basmati rice instead of Basmati and it was equally good. The texture of the dish was awesome and so was the flavour. Thanks for sharing this. Please visit my blog as I would soon post my experience with this dish. You can also see my blog for some of the recipes that I have posted there…

  6. shobha shenoy

    yummy healthy soya chunks rice i tried n liked this very much …u r recipis r great Chefinyou.thanks

  7. Wow I love this one. Bookmarked.

  8. First time, saw the pulao with spring onions …and trying rice with soya nuggets seems nice…I am a fan of these nuggets so will surely try it :)

    Its green garlic not spring onions :) –DK

  9. First thought this was the same as spring onion. Wow, i discovered a new ingredient today. Now will have to hunt for green garlic where i live, because rice dishes are my favourite and this looks so beautiful.

  10. looks so flavorful and yummy.

  11. can i use fried tofu instead of d dried soya?

    Yes of course – whatever strikes ur fancy :) –DK

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