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May 26, 2014


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Ambur veg biryani recipe
As you all know, the world famous Ambur biryani is a non-veg biryani prepared with mutton or chicken. But you may think how come I post Ambur biryani in my vegetarian blog ?. U are right. Being a vegetarian, I can’t try the actual biryani recipe. But somehow I wanted to try this in my kitchen after knowing its popularity.

When I asked my non-veg friends, they suggested me to use soya chunks/meal maker instead of mutton. Meal maker very much resembles mutton right, eppuuudddi ?. So I just replaced mutton with soya chunks and tried this biryani by referring The Hindu “Food safari” section & Aval vikatan magazine where “Star biryani “ Muneer ahmed has shared the recipe for how to make in small quantities at home. I also watched you tube video by “Puthiya thalaimurai” channel for more details.

It came out very well & I started making this regularly. This would be our sunday biryani at least once in a month. I used jeera rice/ seeraga samba arisi as mentioned in the actual recipe. Without using ghee  & coconut milk, the flavour of just masala & jeera rice while cooking is awesome. Try it, you will come to know. Next I have planned to try Dindigul thalapakatti biryani too. 

Ambur veg biryani recipe

In the “Notes” section I have shared some of the health benefits of soya nuggets/meal maker. Do read it. As there is no grinding or chopping works, you can do this quickly. Bachelor's can try this too..

Check out my soya chunks gravy if interested!

Ambur veg biryani recipe

Ambur Biryani recipe with soya chunks

Ambur Biryani recipe with soya chunks Ambur style Soya chunks biryani recipe – Sunday special biryani !!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
  • Jeera rice/Seeraga samba arisi - 1 cup
  • Big onions - 2 nos
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Soya chunks - 2 handful
  • Red chilli paste - 1 tbsp (I used 5-6  byadgi chillies & make a paste)
  • Garlic paste - 1.5 tbsp ( grind 20 cloves)
  • Ginger paste -1.5 tbsp ( Grind thumb finger size piece)
  • Mint & coriander leaves - a handful
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1.5 cups( I used 1.75 cups to make it well cooked)
  • Curd - 3 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 4 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 big piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos

  • Pinch & soak 6 chillies in little hot water and grind into a smooth paste. Use Kashmiri variety chilli (Byadgi) to get this bright color. Grind ginger to smooth paste adding required water. Similarly grind garlic and make the paste.Keep all the paste separately.
  • Boil water in a pan. Once it starts to roll boil, add the soya chunks and switch off the flame. Let the chunks soak and gets doubled in size.
  • Chop onions, tomato, mint & coriander leaves and keep it ready.
ambur biryani step1
  • In a cooker base, heat oil. Sprinkle a tsp of curd to check whether the oil is heated. Now add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom. Saute for a second and add the garlic paste. Saute for a minute till raw goes off. Now add ginger paste. Saute well for a minute. Mix well. Then add chilli paste & mix well.
ambur biryani step2
  • Now add onions & saute till transparent.Then add tomato pieces. Saute till it turns mushy. Squeeze and add soya chunks. Mix well.
  • Lastly add mint & coriander leaves & salt. Toss well.
ambur biryani step3
  • Add the curd & mentioned quantity of water, lemon juice. Let it boil nicely. Wash the jeera rice and add it to the boiling water. Close the cooker with the lid. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle(approx 10 mins).
ambur biryani step4
ambur biryani step5
  • After the steam is released, check whether rice is cooked well. U can put **DUM** for 5 minutes if necessary else check for taste and serve hot with raita ! Prepare this rice 30 minutes in advance because all the masala will infuse well & tastes good.
You can put the dum in two ways. 
1. Heat an old dosa tawa till very hot. Place the cooker over the dosa tawa. Keep the flame very low and cook for 5 - 10 minutes. 
2.Transfer the rice from cooker to a flat base vessel. Keep the vessel over the low flame and cover it tightly with a lid. Boil water in a bowl and keep this bowl over the rice vessel as a weight. Put the Dum for 5-7 minutes. Keep the flame very low. Remove and serve hot! 

Ambur veg biryani


  • As Muneer ahmed says, the secret & color of this biryani lies in red chilli paste. So I used byadgi red chilli to give the natural red color and it is mildly spiced too. I have not used food color here. If you use other chilli varieties, add less based on its spice level.
  • As per the original recipe, you should cook the gravy & rice separately upto 80%, mix & put under DUM. But cooking in pressure cooker suited my family’s taste. So I follow this way.
  • No need to use ghee or coconut milk in this recipe,
  • Use the paste as mentioned above to get the actual taste. Never add G&G paste. It will give a different taste & flavor. I have tried in that way too.
Health benefits of soya nuggets
  1. Soya is rich in protein, minerals & vitamins. Hence it is a good choice for vegetarians.
  2. It is high in fiber and aids in weight loss.
  3. It is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acid. So it is good for heart.
  4. It is beneficial for women during post menopausal days.
Enjoy Ambur style soya chunks biryani with simple onion raita. Tastes great !
Soya chunks biryani

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

he he ,, this is a super twist for the vegetarian lovely one

Chitra said...

;) haha

great-secret-of-life said...

looks yum! I have bookmarked this.. lovely color

Kurinji said...

Colorful and tempting biriyani....thanks for sharing Chitra.

Unknown said...

temptiing it looks.. i too add nuggets to biriyani . It tastes yum...

Rafeeda AR said...

haha... I like that... I've heard so much about Ambur biriyani, yet to try it... this one with soya chunks looks delicious...

Anonymous said...

I have tried briyani rice, and I like a lot

Sangeetha Priya said...

love this veg version, tempting!!!

Akila said...

Wow wow... What a colour... Just looked the same like ambur Biryani...

Anonymous said...

Finally found a vegetarian version of Ambur briyani:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chitra,

Looks awesome. I am very sure that the jeeraga samba arisi must give it a lot of flavor but I am going to try the version that substitures basmati rice instead. What do you thikn/.. Did you try that? Pic super authentic a irukku.

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

would sure love to try this style of biriyani...nice option for the vegetarians..looks very appetizing

Chitra said...

Thanks Shoba.But i feel jeeraga sambar rice is also the reason for its taste.Its ok, try with basmati rice and let me know the result ;)

vishnu praba said...

Hi chitra, tried ur sambar sadham recipe yesterday. It came out wonderfully. Thanks for the recipe. I just have a doubt. 1 cup rice means 100 gm or 200 gm?

Chitra said...

Thank u so much Vishnu praba.I cup is 200 gm.Thanks for trying out and ur feedback made me happy :)

Unknown said...

Hey Chithra.. I tried this recipe yesterday.. Amazzzzzing it turned out to be !! thaank u veryyy much for sharing it :D

Chitra said...

Glad to hear this.Thank youuu :)

jenni said...

Tried this for todays lunch.came out very well..thanks for the recepie:-)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot :)

Manju said...

Can you please tell the size of the cup which you you are messaring rice. It will be useful to get the same taste

Manju said...

Can you please tell the size of the cup which you you are messaring rice. It will be useful to get the same taste

Chitra said...

Hi, I use a 200ml cup mostly. In this recipe, I used the same.

Banu said...

do we need to soak the rice in water before cooking?

Chitra said...

No need to soak if using jeera rice.

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra, Very tempting pics :). Planning to prepare this today. But stuck at one step. Recipe says 'Add chill paste and mix to coat the soyachunks', But we are adding soyachunks only in the next step after adding onion and tomato. Chita, could you please help me with the correct order. Thank you.

Chitra said...

Hi yes its a typo. Stepwise pics are correct in please follow it.i will change the write add soya only after tomato.

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra.....tried this recipe today. Came out very well. Thank U sooo much

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for the feedback :)

simplyseemakr said...

It was a simple and yet tasty recipe...evryone at home loved it thank you for the recipe:)

Chitra said...

Happy to know that. Thank you so much😍