When in mood for some vegeterian version of the Biryani (usually it means spiced rice with meat like lamb or chicken), this is the version I go to. The soya granules are full of protein and have a meat-like texture. The crushed spices add a zing to the whole dish beyond one's imagination till one tastes it. I love crushing the spices together - the aroma is so very enticing.
Soak the 1/2 cup Soya Granules in hot water for 30 mins
Crush 5 Cloves, 2 black Cardamon and 2 Cinnamon. Keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp Canola oil, add 2 dry Bay leaf, chopped 1-2 Onions, grated 1-inch Ginger, 3 tbsp Biryani Masala, the Cloves-Cardamom-Cinnamon Powder mix, 1 tsp Coriander powder, Salt as per taste, 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1 tsp Red Chilli powder.
Add the soaked Soya granules and continue cooking for another 10-15 mins.
Cook 1 cup rice and keep aside - preferably room temperature. Warm rice with Jeera (aka Cumin seed)-flavored oil, add the above Soya granule mixture, sprinkle some fresh Lime juice.
Voila! You are good to have a delicious meal.
I know you are still thinking right now "Ok I get the recipe, blah, blah, blah..why the heck have you titled this post as "Sleeping Biryani!"?" (I hope! If not, shame on you for not paying attention to the important things in life! :p)..drum roll, trumpet...ready? "Soya" Biryani - what is it's English translation? ;) You can laugh now..come on, it was not that bad!
Have a good day! :)