Monday, January 11, 2010

Channa Biriyani Recipe - Easy Chana Biryani

Channa Biriyani Recipe
This flavourful channa biriyani is filling for a meal and rich in protein and fiber. I was happy to see each grain of rice separated the way I wanted.......This is going to be my keeper for biriyani so I measured everything accurate and here goes the recipe from my kitchen...You can pair it with carrot raita or onion raita.
Channa Biriyani Recipe

Chana Biryani Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe ReferenceIndian Vegetarian Kitchen

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
White Channa - 1/2 cup
Big Onion - 1 chopped lengthwise
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Thick Coconut Milk - 1/4 cup
Water - 1 and 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp

To temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves -2
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 1

To grind:

Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
Small Onion - 5
Garlic - 4
Tomato - 1 big sized
Green chillies - 1
Coconut - 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. In a mixer add the ingredients listed under 'to grind' and grind to a fine paste.Soak channa in water overnight(atleast for 6-7 hours). Next day pressure cook it for 5 whistles and set aside.
    How to make chana biryani - Step1
  2. Rinse basmati rice, and keep soaked in water for 15mins. Heat oil in a pressure cooker add items listed under 'to temper'. Then add onions , ginger garlic paste and saute till golden brown. Then add the masala paste along with garam masala powder.
    How to make chana biryani - Step2
  3. Fry till raw smell leaves.Add salt, garam masala powder and give a quick stir. Then add cooked channa, basmati rice and mix well till masala is blended well.How to make chana biryani - Step3
  4. Then add coconut milk, water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once pressure releases add ghee and fluff it carefully with a fork.How to make chana biryani - Step3
Serve hot with onion / carrot raita!
Channa Biriyani Recipe

My Notes:

  • Channa takes time to cook(I usually leave it for 7 whistles) so I precooked for 4 whistles till 3/4th done then added it to the rice and gave 3 whistles. This way it is too soft perfect for biryani.
  • You can also use black channa or any bean variety for making this biryani.
  • Goes well even with plain raita.
Channa Biriyani Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

36 comments:

  1. Hi Sharmilee, very healthy version. The black chana is more healthier than the kabuli chana, surely looks like a keeper.

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  2. Looks tempting :) yumm and healthy

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  3. Tempting clicks..I have this in my drafts. Your post reminded me of it.

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  4. Looks very tempting, Sharmilee!

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  5. I too had an eye on mahima's channa pulav,with black channa it looking very nice,I will try in future for sure!

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  6. Yummm!!channa briyani looks tremendous..such a protien packed rice dish..

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  7. sounds like an easy one-pot lunch option!skip the salt the next time you cook channa and then you wont need to pressure cook it for 9 whistles :-)

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  8. @Dershana : Thanks for ur tip, will try it out next time! :)

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  9. yummy biriyani...i make it as channa rice...love to have channa with this flavour

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  10. channa pulao luks yum..wish to try it sometime

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  11. thanks for trying sharmi.. needless to say, lovely click.

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  12. Awesome biryani...wholesome meal :-)

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  13. Appapa unga pic makes me hungry! Gorgeous!

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  14. oh looks so yummy my friend..thanks for visiting my blog..u got a selective recipes:)do join as a follower too:)

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  15. LOVE LOVE black chana in any dish, rice looks fab.

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  16. Wow!! The biryani looks so tempting. I never thought of using chickpeas with rice. great !!

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  17. Lovely.. the pictures are great and I am sure the rice tastes even better.

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  18. Have never thought of chana in a biriyani!! Will try for sure. Happy New Year

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  19. My first time here...the channa biryani looks delectable:) and after seeing your masala chai, i cant stop myself to make one for me now:)
    Cheers and Do visit,
    Rachana
    rachanakothari.blogspot.com

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  20. Inviting biryani ! Lovely pictures Sharmilee ! Thanks for the visit and the comment, will keep your ideas on the header in mind and will try and incorporate the next time I am working on my header :-)

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  21. Healthy and different biriyani....

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  22. Yummy biryani.. Was actually searching for this recipe for quite sometime.. Thanks!!

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  23. The way of presentation makes my mouth watering.

    It's highly protein food. I will be trying it shortly.

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  24. Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome.... i jus hav no words to say how goooooooooooooooooooooooood it was....
    i made it for dinner n made aloo raita!!
    my hubby jus fell in love wid d dish...
    thank u sharmi!!

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  25. I tried your channa biryani recipe and it was awesome! I added some veggies along with channa. Thanks for the recipe!
    -Nandini

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  27. worked out well. Yummy lunch
    A must try

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  28. Amazing and creative recipe. Awesome clicks.

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  29. mmm... mouth watering! awesome pics :) :)

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  30. Can we do this without adding mint leaves

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    1. Yes you can skip that but the falvour will surely differ

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  31. Gonna mke it for tonyts dinner...is it ok to exclude coconut milk n add grated coconut instead?

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    1. Sorry I just saw ur msg....Adding coconut may change the flavour slightly but sure worth a try

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  32. i added coconut chutney to it n it tastes yummy...lil on d wet side...bt yummmmmmm...thnk u soo mch

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